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The remarkable events of the weekend has heartened me tremendously. Not just because a law was passed that might save Terri Schiavo’s life. (Actually, I am not very optimistic about that. This case has become part of a larger power struggle between the judiciary and political branches of government that I fear will culminate at some point down the line in a constitutional crisis. Thus, I think the federal judge may not want to step on state judges’ toes.) What I find so beautiful is that the life of one helpless, disabled woman is so important that her future became the intense concern of the entire country and its highest leaders. Whichever way this turns out, I think that testifies to something quite remarkable about the American character.

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