Burying the living with the dead
As everyone knows yesterday Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) passed away. He lost his hard-fought battle against brain cancer. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) did not wait for his body temperature to fall before pouncing on the opportunity to use Ted’s passing as a reason to ram nationalized health care down the collective American gullet. She excitedly commented, “Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality health care for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration.” But why should I be surprised? Remember the administration’s motto is Never let a crisis go to waste. While I would not classify the Senator’s 15 month cancer fight as a crisis, it most certainly is an opportunity.
The Sympathy Vote
In the United States, the sympathy vote is very real. In the 2000 election, Missouri Governor Melvin Carnahan (D) died in a plane crash, while campaigning for the U.S. Senate just two weeks before the election. Voters were undeterred and re-elected him. However, the sympathy vote is not restricted to the common American voter. Elected officials are sometimes willing to blindly spend billions in the name of sympathy.
The following point may ruffle a few feathers, but the motivator is the point. In 1961, then President John F. Kennedy (D) gave his now famous “We choose to go to the Moon” speech. When the speech was delivered, such a task was impossible, ridiculously expensive, and most likely political hyperbole. The space program was struggling to reach low Earth orbit – and doing that at great expense. Now, I am a huge fan of the Space Program, however, had JFK not been assassinated in 1963, his dream of landing a man on the moon might have never been achieved. The USSR and China both had dreams of landing men on the moon and nothing ever came of those dreams. It was the memory of a fallen President that maintained the support of Congress and President Johnson and carried the task to completion. Do you think Johnson, who was obsessed with Vietnam and social reform, would have continued spending billions on the space program had JFK completed his Presidency?
JFK’s entire Moon address
And so we see Nancy Pelosi rushing to use Ted Kennedy’s death as a tool to get her dangerous version of health care “reform” passed without resistance or anyone taking a serious look. Now she can distract her House members from those angry voters by reminding them their friend a colleague, would have wanted them to do this. Damn the voters – this is for Ted! And just to be fair she is not alone. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) appeared on Fox News this morning. He pointed out Kennedy’s long record and his passion for the health care debate. I did not hear him call outright, for quick passage of a bill in Ted’s honor but I felt the undertone of it.
H.R.3200 is the House health care reform bill. Read it. I keep saying this over and over. Yet Liberals keep changing the subject or telling outright lies about what H.R.3200 says. They keep saying it won’t be mandatory but the bill says otherwise. BUT I’m not going to keep repeating myself on this. RATHER, I will say, this bill is bad. It will threaten the stability and soundness of our government and our way of life. Fear-mongering? H.R.3200, if it does nothing else threatens to overwhelm the system like no other program. the only way to keep that from happening is to ration access to life-sustaining care. Again I ask you do a quick search on “euthanasia Oregon”.
Culture of Death
As I often do, I’d like to make a historical reference to make a point. Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats in Washington, are or are going to, push for quick passage of a bad health care bill in honor of the dearly departed Ted Kennedy. To me it is very much like burying the living with the dead. If H.R.3200 is ultimately not good for the nation and breaks an otherwise functional health care system, then it will benefit no one. Without debating “death panels” and the like, if passage of H.R.3200 results in anyone ever being asked or encouraged to assist or commit suicide to save the taxpayers money, then effectively they are burying the living with the dead.
In Ecuador, there is a stone-age people called the Waorani. Prior to missionary activities in the 1950s, the Waorani had a pure culture of death. They had no system or cultural methods for dealing with conflict and as a result the people were murdering each other relentlessly. When a father was killed, (very few if any Waorani died of natural causes,) he might desire his family be buried with him. (A similar practice occurred in ancient Egypt but seems to have been restricted to Pharaohs and was done for more mystical purposes – the Waorani were much less sophisticated and why I chose them as an analogy.) The Waorani were driving their race into extinction without any intellectual consideration of the future.
In much the same way, rushing legislation as important, as expensive, as large, and as complex as nationalized health care makes about as much sense as burying the living with the dead. In fact, the end result could be the “moral equivalent.” Hey, if you want to honor the Senator, build him a monument. It’ll be cheaper, less dangerous, and less intrusive into our lives.