Death Panel of the Day: The CNN/Tea Party Express debate has its own “234 executions moment” as crowd members respond approvingly to the notion of letting an uninsured America in need of long-term intensive care die rather than be allowed to receive government aid.
The last two seconds of this is just incredible. I'm reminded of that old saying,
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me -
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.
You would think that people would understand that life is capricious. Anything can happen to anyone at any time, including that jackal cheering for the hypothetical person to die.
I have health insurance but I'm one major catastrophic illness away from bankruptcy. So are most people. So I'm pretty sure we want some kind of health care plan for those who need it and can't pay for it. Because you never know when you might need it.
Smarten up, people.