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Arthur SIlber 

WHAT ABOUT PRIVACY FOR MICHAEL SCHIAVO--IT ONLY APPLIES TO BUSH AND HIS DAUGHTE NOELLE? "This is a very serious problem," said Noelle's father, Flor

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"This is a very serious problem," said Noelle's father, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in a statement issued after his daughter's arrest. "Unfortunately, substance abuse is an issue confronting many families across our nation. We ask the public and media to respect our family's privacy during this difficult time so that we can help our daughter."

Bush and his wife, Columba, issued a statement that they were "deeply saddened" by the incident involving their middle child and only daughter, Noelle, 24. They asked the media and the public to respect their privacy "during this difficult time so that we can help our daughter." Related articles here, here, here.
Privacy is an issue we all can relate to, particularly regarding loved ones and family members. The request Gov. Bush made about his daughter is a legitimate plea for any father to make, especially in a recovery situation. But for him to jump back into the Schiavo matter in another obvious political move shreds all crediblilty he has in regards to his own personal affairs. ( He should never have been involved in the first place ) Michael Schiavo has had his privacy ripped apart by politician's and religious zealots for years now. He's been called a murderer, abuser, liar; the list goes on. Does Jeb Bush understand any of the many reasons why the American people were so against this case in the first place? Might not privacy in personal matters be at the top of the list? Just look to your own experience Govenor Bush. Why should you be granted privacy when you refused to issue the same respect to Michael Schiavo? By making the Schiavo case your personal affair, you destroyed many other families own privacy at the hospice where Sean Hannity decided to camp out in.
posts: Ceci Connolly documents the unforgivable circus that the religious conservatives who fought to “save” Terri Schiavo by any means at all made of her last days of life:
E.J Dionne asks the question: Where's The Apology?: Right-to-life politicians have done terrible damage to a serious cause. They claimed to know what they did not, and could not, know. They were willing to imply, without proof, terrible things about a husband who was getting in their way. Instead of making the hard and morally challenging case for keeping Terri Schiavo on life support, they spun an emotional narrative that they thought would play well on cable TV and talk radio. No, we should not move on. We should remember that some politicians will say whatever is necessary to advance their immediate purposes. Apologies, anyone?
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