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Limited Limited Government

It looks like Fristy learned his lesson.

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who took a leading role in the Terri Schiavo case, said Sunday it taught him that Americans do not want the government involved in such end-of-life decisions.

Frist, considered a presidential hopeful for 2008, defended his call for further examinations of the brain-damaged Florida woman during the last days of a bitter family feud over her treatment. Schiavo was in a persistent vegetative state.

The case became a rallying point for right-to-life advocates, an important segment of the Republican Party. It also drew interest from those supporting the right to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment and led to charges that the GOP was using a family tragedy for political gain.

Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” if he had any regrets regarding the Schiavo case, Frist said: “Well, I’ll tell you what I learned from it, which is obvious. The American people don’t want you involved in these decisions.”

Anyone remember the good old days, when the Republicans were the party which believed that the role of government should be as limited as possible?  Here we are, not more than ten years later, and we’ve gone from the party of limited government and personal responsibility to the party of, “Gee, I was surprised to learn that the people don’t want government deciding whether or not someone should be kept on life support.”

Posted by Lee on 01/30/06 at 09:09 AM in Politics • Permalink


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