Michelle Malkin

In a country where pet obesity and soda-guzzling toddlers are the health problems du jour, it might seem hard to believe that starvation in America poses a far bigger threat than overindulgence.

But a deeper look at the daily headlines suggests exactly that. The famine at hand is not about the absence of physical and material nourishment. We are a nation that has been weaned off the sustaining principle that all human life is sacred. We are a nation addicted to the sugar water of relativism -- a sweet-tasting, empty-calorie diet that is at the root of a deadly moral decay.

Terri Schindler-Schiavo, a wide-awake cognitively disabled Florida woman whom the life-denying mainstream media ghouls keep describing as "comatose," came perilously close to starving to death at the hands of her husband and the courts last month. Michael Schiavo, who vowed to love his ailing wife in sickness and in health, ordered Terri's feeding tube removed and denied her Holy Communion. After Gov. Jeb Bush and the state Legislature intervened and the tube was reconnected, Schiavo again blocked Terri from receiving sustenance -- the emotional sustenance of her loving and vigilant parents.

Meanwhile, Schiavo has satisfied his own base appetites by taking up with a mistress, fathering two illegitimate children, and squandering a massive medical malpractice payment on "right-to-die" lawyers and living expenses instead of rehabilitative therapy for Terri.

Another reminder of inhumane neglect last week came in the emaciated faces of Bruce, Keith, Tyrone, and Michael Jackson of Collingswood, N.J. Bruce, 19 years old and 45 pounds, was caught rummaging through a neighbor's garbage for food. At home, Bruce and his younger brothers had apparently been starved for the past five years by adoptive parents who cashed in on the state-subsidized kiddie racket.

Raymond and Vanessa Jackson reportedly received more than $30,000 from the state of New Jersey last year to help care for their adopted children and raked in federal housing subsidies to cover their rent. Yet, the Jacksons owed about $9,000 in back rent and accepted at least $2,000 from a church to restore their electricity. Where did all the aid go?

Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies" (Regnery 2010).

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