Here’s a link to my sympathetic piece on Michael Schiavo.
Barring a miracle on the order of the resurrection of Lazarus, Terri Schiavo is going to die. Then what?
Michael will have gotten his way, his attorney will move on to support some other “I love you but please die” case, and the media will gradually drift away.
However, his fame – or infamy – will follow him. I would bet that Schiavo is the second most hated man alive today in the USA, the coveted Number One position going to Scott Peterson with OJ Simpson a distant third.
Schiavo has already received death threats, and these will no doubt continue indefinitely since there is no shortage of lunatics in this country who are willing to protect life by taking it. Has he considered how this will impact his life and his family? He has two children and a “wife” whose reputation in the media places her a notch or two below a crack whore.
He may perceive this – and rightly so some might argue – as unfair, and he may believe in his heart of hearts that what he is doing is right. However actions have consequences, and that is something every one of us must consider when we act.
When I founded the ITPAA I realized that one of the consequences would be “blacklisting” with several firms. It’s not fair, but it happened and I had to live with the consequences. Where I live the market has been large enough so that I could find work elsewhere, but there is no doubt in my mind that I have paid a price – and continue to pay a price – for my ITPAA activities.
The consequences of my actions were relatively minor. Schiavo, on the other hand, has pissed off a large segment of America, and left an even larger segment unsympathetic to his position. For the safety of his family, I hope that he is offered and receives some kind of protection akin to the Witness Protection Program.