“But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let them die?” – Wolf Blitzer, CNN
While Mitt Romney and Rick Perry indulged in strained Social Security/Ponzi scheme analogies at least week’s Republican debate, Blitzer’s loaded question and Ron Paul’s actual answer revealed much about what divides so many Americans and prevents policy solutions in health care and other areas:
PAUL: No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals.
Of course, the post-debate focus of the mainstream media was on a shouted assent to Blitzer’s question from an audience member and the Democratic Party’s half century agenda to define the Party of Lincoln as heartless Scrooges (see also racist, sexist homophobes, but I digress).
And indeed, given the long periods of Republican control of Congress and the White House since the 1950s and especially since the 1980s, with Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid still intact, Democrats have a hard time relying on historical facts and their definition of compassion, i.e. blinding support for New Deal and Great Society programs, to make the GOP into a Dickensian villain.
Meanwhile, we don’t remember any 24/7 MSM uproar when $500B was cut from Medicare to pay for ObamaCare in 2010 by President Barack Obama and super-Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress. Nor do we recall even one White House press conference question about President Obama’s 2009 town hall “take the painkiller and go home” response to the daughter of a 105-year-old mother concerning what should happen if mommy showed up at the hospital with her ObamaCare policy needing a pacemaker.
I’m sure liberal heads would explode if they were reminded that fetuses with hands, feet and unique DNA are uninsureds that would appreciate merely not being aborted/killed long enough to buy or not buy an insurance policy and have the option of being left to die at age 40 and that Terry Schiavo had insurance.
A review of the transcript of the full exchange between Blitzer and Paul reveals bullying interruptions by the supposed “moderator” on the issue of who pays for the self-indulgent uninsureds in emergency rooms driven by the apparent assumption that absent the existence of Democratic Party-favored Big Government, millions would die in emergency room waiting rooms in America.
Such an assumption smacks of either a profound ignorance of American history or an agenda that deems the end, i.e. ever increasing government control of health care, justified by fraudulent means.
As Dr. Paul made clear, after answering “no” to Wolf’s question, Christian charity routinely stepped in to help the poor in medical emergencies before FDR and LBJ assumed the role of Big Daddy. You know, those wahoos that eschew science for superstition but somehow managed to stumble into the health care business and helped build a society great enough to feed the world and save it from fascism before Lyndon Johnson’s version changed the definition of “great” while it destroyed the society we call the Black family.
Blitzer’s question seems to reveal a key component of the Left’s wilful and unjustified denial of American exceptionalism. Is it because to do so would be to acknowledge that organized religion is and has been much more than just the latest quote from Pat Robertson? Or is it that only if the government achieves things with their tax dollars can they claim some credit and thus affirm their own lives and their own religious faith in the Utopia liberalism dreams of creating?
Bestselling vampire novelist Anne Rice famously converted to Christianity several years ago, only to even more famously denounce the Church last year:
“I remain committed to Christ as always,” she wrote, “but not to being ‘Christian’ or to being part of Christianity. It’s simply impossible for me to ‘belong’ to this quarrelsome, hostile, disputatious, and deservedly infamous group. For 10 years, I’ve tried. I’ve failed. I’m an outsider. My conscience will allow nothing else.”
Of course, we know that the adherents of un-organized religion and both organized and unorganized secularists are never quarrelsome or hostile. And how convenient to not have to dirty one’s hands with actual people. Yes, follow Christ by all means, i.e. the one that didn’t establish a Church?
Disorganization never established Southern Baptist (pictured in New Orleans) and Roman Catholic Hospitals able to care for the uninsured and unlike the healing meccas envisioned by the Wolf Blitzers and Barack Obamas of the world they never needed Medicare, Medicaid or federal law to mandate succor for the indigent.
Nor did they ever oppose care for infants born alive after botched abortions in non-Christian hospitals like the President who now craves to be loved. The Left needs to deal with all those they “let die” and authorize the affirmative killing of, before they lecture conservatives on the subject.
Conservatives and liberals have legislative records that need not be obscured by lone wolf anecdotes shouted at Wolf. Or would the Democratic nominee like to be bound by the shouts of Cindy Sheehan?
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