Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Let'em die!" --Tea Party's Motto

At the last GOP-TP debate, the audience erupted in approving cheers and applause when Gov. Rick Perry talked about his execution record.

Last night, at another GOP-TP candidates' debate, Rep. Ron Paul answered a hypothetical questioned posed by Wolf Blitzer.  The question was asked about a young man who opted out of buying insurance because of the cost and then who became ill with a catastrophic disease.

"What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn't have health insurance? Who pays for his coverage? "Are you saying society should just let him die?" Wolf Blitzer asked.

'Yeah!' several members of the crowd yelled out.

Paul interjected to offer an explanation for how this was, more-or-less, the root choice of a free society. He added that communities and non-government institutions can fill the void that the public sector is currently playing."


In a country of over 300 million people, Paul stupidly suggested that churches and other private charities could cover the cost of someone's catastrophic illness.  Perhaps this is his sneaky way of putting religious institutions out of business?

Then Paul contradicted himself with this remark at the end of his answer:

. "We have given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves, assume responsibility for ourselves ... that's the reason the cost is so high." 

Actually, the cost comes down when the risk is shared by hundreds of millions of people who pay into a system like Medicare.

Paul must live in a world where he sees no poverty or families that struggle with financial problems.  Those are real problems for real people.   Who goes to a church or other charity expecting those people to pay for long-term costly medical care to save a life?    That's why we pay into a system where benefits are there for those who need them--Medicare. 

The people in the audience who cheered at the suggestion that someone should die because he had no medical coverage are the same people who support  getting rid of social security, Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA, the EPA, and the Department of Education.   They support the elimination of police, firemen, and teachers' unions.  They and the politicians they hope to place in power envision a Hobbesian nightmare for America--a nightmare of violence, abuse, and neglect.

Interesting comments on the HuffPost blog covering this issue:

"Ron Paul fails to point out the hospitals still get paid by tax dollars when they treat uninsured patients. People don't get turned away, not because the hospital is magnanimou­s, but because the hospital gets paid. They are also required, by law, to treat anyone who comes in the E.R. (at taxpayers expense)
You can keep your "every man for himself"/ "only the strongest survive" 1850's worldview.

Why is Paul (or any bagger) even in the Goverment? The Government is clearly a waste of money, has no authority or obligation to do anything, and is evil. Why do so many of them want to be part of it?"

And:

"When I was in magazine publishing­, we had a saying: 'Once is a mistake, twice is a new style.'

I thought about that tonight while watching the CNN Tea Party debate. Applauding Rick Perry's record on executions was one thing; applauding the suggestion that society should allow a 30-year-ol­d who lapses into a coma and doesn't have insurance to die ... that's absolutely and utterly appalling.

Once could be forgiven as an anomaly, as an outlier. Twice?

That's today's GOP for you." 


Go here to read Smartypants' take on the GOP-TP's shameful reaction last night.

6 comments:

Dave Miller said...

What strikes most about that moment, and I was watching it, was that I am assuming a decided number of the people in that room, sadly, were self professed Christians.

I am not sure how they square their theology of self, with the "promise" to try and be like Jesus, who gave his life for others.

And these are the people that supposedly are representative of the best of our country.

If that is true, I will be proud to stand with the worst of our country.

Dave Miller said...

PS... thanks for the links on the other post...

Leslie Parsley said...

Paul was able to avoid actually answering the question, much to his relief no doubt, because he was interrupted by the cheers at the thought of letting someone die. Even though there were only a small group cheering, it is disturbing nonetheless and demonstrates the goonish side of the TP. These are probably the same people who carry guns to rallies and sport signs using Bible quotes implying that Obama should die. A chilling subset of sub-humans.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Today's GOP-TP: The Party of YES! for death--WHETHER YOU'RE INNOCENT OR SICK--THEY'RE FOR IT!

Octopus said...

Lets call it the Tea ochlocracy, the mobile vulgarus; panem et circenses. Shall we save or condemn those hapless souls? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

What a sick and deplorable spectacle!

billy pilgrim said...

when the watering hole gets smaller the animals get meaner.