“I have always claimed Americans didn’t want a drink as bad as they wanted the right to take a drink if they did happen to want one ” – Will Rogers
Last week a Canadian death panel ordered life support terminated for one-year-old Joseph Maraachi (store here). The parents have long since come to grips with the baby’s impending death. He has a neurological disorder from which there will be no emergence without a miracle. What they wanted, however, was to simply take the baby home to die, surrounded by family. The death panel ruled, and the courts agreed, that it was in the baby’s best interest to die in the hospital.
This, at its root, points to the moral confusion of our time and the ultimately wretched impact of government involvement in a host of arenas.
In Canada, the government has usurped all authority for medical care from the citizen. You are not free to make your own choices and pay your own bills. The government pays the bills – and the government makes the choices. Authority implies responsibility, and vice versa. Because the government is footing the bill they get to decide who lives and who dies – and how.
The answer to this is NOT a more clearly written set of rules and guidelines for the implementation of government control. There will always be some condition, some scenario, some set of circumstances beyond the foresight of the benevolent bureaucrats and their legislative masters. The answer is clearly, and simply, to remove the government from the matter altogether. The government should not bear the responsibility for all medical bills (or any medical bills, if you ask me). And the government should not hold all authority over who will and will not receive treatment (or any authority over who will and will not – if you ask me).
It ought to make one shudder. The state can order the death of the child on their terms, rather than the parents’ terms. It ought to sicken us to our core. It ought to produce a groundswell of rage – “we are not your play things, we are not your subjects, we are free people and we will live free!”
So I say “well done” to all the do-gooders and progressives out there. Your well-intentioned benevolence on the part of the oppressed has in turn oppressed the free men of this world. Well done indeed. You are moral cowards all.