Friday, September 16, 2011

Die, Baby, Die! - That’s What Personal Freedom is All About

Last night I was walking with a friend and she had not seen the interchange between Ron Paul and Wolf Blitzer about “personal freedom” at the Republican debate.

This interchange has bothered me ever since I heard it.

Here’s a pretty good snip of what happened with my emphasis added:

CNN moderator Wolf Blitzer’s hypothetical question about whether an uninsured 30-year-old working man in coma should be treated prompted one of the most boisterous moments of audience participation in the CNN/Tea Party Express.

“What he should do is whatever he wants to do and assume responsibility for himself,” Paul responded, adding, “That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risk. This whole idea that you have to compare and take care of everybody…”

The audience erupted into cheers, cutting off the Congressman’s sentence.

After a pause, Blitzer followed up by asking “Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?” to which a small number of audience members shouted “Yeah!”

Paul, a doctor trained in obstetrics and gynecology, said when he got out of medical school in the 1960s “the churches took care of them.”

“We never turned anybody away from the hospital,” he said. “We’ve given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves or assume responsibility for ourselves. Our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it. That’s the reason the cost is so high.”

The reason this bothers me is because I (like many of you) HAVE taken responsibility for my own life.  Like you, I have taken many risks in my life – some have been good, some have sucked.  I have paid dearly for the risks that didn’t work out – I have NOT gained a hell of a lot from the ones that worked out like I hoped.

We have lived the ups and downs and pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps and tried again and again and again and again!

And for all our efforts – for everything we have done to keep our heads above water – we have Ron Paul implying that we are not taking responsibility for our lives and because of this we deserve to die and members of the Tea Party applauding -  “Let ‘em die”.

The Republicans think they are the only ones "who are responsible".

What type of heathen society do we live in where people in the audience of a major political debate would yell out “Let ‘em Die” and applaud about it?

What type of sick society has the right turned into that - they would even think about applauding at something like this and yell out “Let him die”?

Many would excuse this behavior saying that it was the “crazies” in the audience – but I question whether it was. 

  • We have a group of people in our society who are psychologically unfit and it appears that they have banded with the Tea Party.
    • These are people who have lost their ability for logical thought.  They do not realize that “mink coats DO NOT trickle down”. 
    • These are people who think that the wealthy are going to step up to the plate and save them from their dire situation.  They are irrational.
    • These are people who have no compassion for their fellow American – they are heathens – they are narcissists.
    • These are people who are so selfish – that their attitude is “I have what I need” – to hell with everybody else. 
This interchange is a perfect example of that – Paul has what he needs – to hell with everybody else.  The people in the audience evidently have what they need – to hell with everybody else.

We have what we need – to hell with everyone else.
Let them eat cake!   - Let them try and find a charity that will help them – ha, ha!
Die, baby, die!

If Paul thinks someone’s family will take care of them – just think about Pat Robertson’s response this week on the radio: 
His [Robertson] comments came in response to a caller who said that a friend had begun dating other women while his wife lies seriously ill with Alzheimer's, and justifies it by saying that "his wife, as he knows her, is gone."

Robertson said he agrees with the man: "What he says basically is correct. I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her."

As a medical doctor – Ron Paul took an oath – to do no harm.  It’s evident he does not believe in that anymore.

As a man of the cloth – it’s evident that Robertson – no longer believes in “for better or worse, in richer or poorer – ‘til death do us part".  Isn’t that part of CHRISTIAN marriage ceremony?

It is evident that our “right wing” society has evolved to a point where there is little to no compassion for others.

The rest of the world must be looking at these interchanges and thinking – The people in the United States are Crazy.  And we are.

The Republican Party and their supporters are promoting this sick type of selfish, narcissistic behavior. 

If that’s the Republicans want,
if Republicans think they are the only "responsible people" in the United States and
if the Republicans want charities to be responsible for "others",   
"others", who have not done as well in life.
because evidently all the Republicans think 
that all the Republicans have done well in life –
so be it!

The Republican Party and the crazies in the Republican Party are promoting this Republican type of individualist – the rich can have it all mentality -  in the United States.  So be it!

The Republican Party is promoting a philosophy that if I have what I need, I am a "responsible Republican"  - SCREW YOU!  So be it.

Republican Party – you reap what you sow and if this is the way you want the United States to be – so be it!

To all you "responsible" Republicans and Tea Partiers  -
To all - every one of you -  Republicans and Tea Partiers who think you have done  so damn well in your life -
every damn one of you....

THIS is what Freedom is all about.
Depending on how good or bad my year has gone –
I donate 5 – 10% of my adjusted gross income to charity. 

From now on I should start asking the charities –
“Do you provide services to Republicans?”

If they say yes, my answer should be NO.

Because the Republican philosophy is all about Republican personal freedom, Republican personal risk and assuming responsibility for yourself - and according to the Republicans - they are the only people  in the United States - who are responsible
AND thus - NO Republican should ever need my charity dollars.

The Republican message to others is:
Let ‘em Die!
Die, Baby, Die!
This is what Republicans want for everyone else in the United States.  So Be It!

Republicans - live by the (s)word - die by the (s)word.
You will reap what you sow.

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