Monday, October 31, 2005
In an apparent attempt not to make the same mistake twice, Sen. Bill Frist (R – Tenn.) visited the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol today to see for himself if Rosa Parks, the woman whose bold and courageous refusal to give up a seat on a Montgomery, Ala. bus inspired the modern civil rights movement, was actually dead. Last March, Sen. Frist, who is the Senate majority leader and a licensed medical doctor, declared Terri Schiavo “alive” and “not in a persistent vegetative state” after viewing a videotape of the coma victim, who an autopsy later proved to be brain dead and in a persistent vegetative state. Sen. Frist did not comment to reporters but did appear to agree that Ms. Parks was, in fact, deceased.