Canadian Death Panel orders Murder of Toddler

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.

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4 Responses to Canadian Death Panel orders Murder of Toddler

  1. A says:

    Based on a quick reading of the article you cited, your post is terribly misleading. In order for the baby to come home, the doctors would have to perform a procedure they are not comfortable with (for medical reasons).

    Is your solution to force doctors to perform procedures they don’t want to do? I can’t imagine that.

    Most likely, this poor family is coping with a terrible tragedy and looking for villains to help get through the situation. I don’t see one coward here at all. In fact, I only see brave people standing up for what they believe in.

    • nomasir says:

      Yes, the doctors don’t want to perform the tracheotomy … because of the risk to the baby they intend to kill shortly. Brilliant.

      I hold that moral cowardice is ascribed in broader terms to all who support such single-payer health plans. They claim some moral valor in pushing for health care for all. Yet when those programs usurp clear lines of human rights (e.g. the relationship between parents and children) they throw their hands up and say “oh well, these things happen; besides, we’re just standing up for what we believe in.”

      Moral courage would say that if you really feel strongly about providing care to all, then YOU should do it. YOU should use your resources, your time, your skills and abilities to increase the availability to all – regardless of what the rest of the people do. Not so for the progressive moral cowards. They only want to do their part if they can force the rest of the world to do as they’re told. They lack the courage that ought to accompany their convictions. Thus their convictions are not based in moral uprightness, but rather in self-congratulation … this is folly, and it matches no sense of morality that is common to men.

  2. A says:

    Again, what human rights violation is taking place here? The doctors do not want to perform the sugery. Are you suggesting the parents should be allowed to force them to do the traech?

    • nomasir says:

      I’m saying that in a free world parents don’t have to go to court for the right to have their dying child brought home to be surrounded by friends and family. They are not subject to death panels that determine not just when the child will die (“when we decide that the good people who pay for health care have spent enough”), but also where and how the child will die.

      What risks are involved in the operation that are not subsumed by the current doctor intention of removing the tubes and letting the child choke to death? Is there not a single doctor in all of Canada that would perform the operation? Perhaps not – they’re all subject to the will of the death panels who they dare not cross.

      What if the parents wished to pay a doctor to perform the (dare I say routine) tracheotomy? Not legal in the Canadian system. You are not allowed self-determination, or determination for your children.

      It’s not as though I don’t feel for the doctors as well. They’re in a tough situation and are bound by the law. The point is that the laws of Canada have usurped traditional notions of the parent-child relationship. Moreso, that the Canadian single-payer system usurps a person’s right to self-determination.

      On that note, you bring up an EXCELLENT point about freedom for the doctors. Should the doctors be forced to do the tracheotomy? No! They too should have self-determination. They too must decide for themselves what services they will exchange via barter in a free market system. But then consider the implications. This cuts to the very heart of the health care reform question – is health care a human right? If it is, then doctors will indeed be forced to perform services they otherwise would not. And what if every doctor in Canada refused to come to work on Thursday? Have they violated the human rights of all sick Canadians? Are the doctors slaves too? Is this not a violation of human rights?

      The system is broken. Forget about the inefficiencies, which are rampant. The system that places the state above the parent in relation to the well-being of the child is fundamentally broken.

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