You must read the whole story. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s Department of Children and Families was convicted of “institutional neglect” that led to the near beating death of the then-2-year-old Marissa Amora at the hands of her known-to-be-abusive guardians. A jury awards her $35 million for damages and future health care costs. So now Bush is trying to have the entire award thrown out (not reduced, eliminated!) so the now-6-year-old will end up with no way to afford her lifelong medical care. Read it all; here’s a taste to tide you over:
If Marissa were, say, a nice white woman in a vegetative state
whose case had been taken up by powerful financial and political interests then
ballyhooed into a national media carnival, then doubtless Jeb would even now be
dabbing his eyes as he knelt for a photo-op at her bedside. But because Marissa is “nobody” — one of the poor, the powerless, the “insulted and injured,” in Dostoevsky’s phrase — she can be flushed down the toilet and no one will notice. For the aim of Bush’s legal maneuvering is clear: he wants to “run out the clock” on Marissa, litigating the case quite literally to death, until her family sinks beneath the overwhelming financial and physical burden of keeping her alive and at some point her makeshift, overstrained support system suffers the inevitablebreakdown.
What do you expect from the grandsons of Nazi war profiteer Prescott Bush? (Whoops, I said the “N” word!).
How much more will it take for the Christian people of America who fought so hard to keep Terri Schiavo alive to wake up and demand the same for this Marissa? The Bush Dynasty is only using them any way. They appropriate the language and feel-good sentiment of their religion to herd them to the polls, never truly believing a word of the beatitudes they spout. They push all your god / guns / gays / abortion / flag / immigrants buttons and you respond as reliably as a Puddle dog. You keep supporting them, hoping for the integrity and morality you claimed you want for America, only to be constantly given more death, more war, more poverty, more illness, more corporate crime, more ethics violations, more congressional corruption, more government debt, more trade imbalance, more hatred from the world, and more perversions of justice like this poor Marissa Amora.
What Would Jesus Do? It’s hard for me to say whether Jesus is a Republican or Democrat; He’s bigger than that. But He sure as hell is not a Bush supporter.