UPDATE FROM YESTERDAY
Like a bad dream in a nightmare, Charlie’s parents continued their saga today to fight against the forces of obstruction for what they believe are their parental rights. Consider that Charlie was to have been taken off life support a couple of days ago, and we all thought that was it. But not so. In other words, the saga continues according to the prescient bureaucracies who desire it to be so.
The delaying tactics brought forth by the lawyer representing GOSH (and what an appropriate aphorism that is) is yet another indication of the bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo legalese that represents the untenable corner in which Charlie’s parents find themselves. Damned if they do, and damned if they don’t. A saga indeed.
Here’s something else that occurred to me over the past few days of this seemingly never-ending saga – If Charlie Gard had a grandparent named Sir Paul McCartney, or Richard Branson, or even Victoria Beckham, there is no question in my mind that he would have been put on a plane to the United States where the experimental treatment is available and nobody – but NOBODY – would have dared to stop them. Think about it and I’m sure you would agree.
As George Orwell explained it so succinctly back in 1945 – “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others” ~ Animal Farm
And a few other reminders from the past that have led up to this particular moment in time, and why it is so damned important to take heed and PAY ATTENTION!
Socialized medicine is the capstone in the arch of the socialist State. The goal of socialism is communism. ~ Vladimir Lenin
We cannot expect Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism. ~ Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959
Progressive paternalism is opposed on principle to parental authority – i.e., to private families as the indispensable building blocks of civil society. (Parental influence is the foremost obstacle to leftist indoctrination of the young).
In 2007, former labor secretary Robert Reich gave a speech in which he admitted the truth; “reorganize …[health care] means you, particularly you young people, particularly you young, healthy people…you’re going to have to pay more… we’re going to have to, if you’re very old, we’re not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It’s too expensive … so we’re going to let you die. [we’re] going to … force drug companies and insurance companies and medical suppliers to reduce their costs. What that means, [is] less innovation and that means less new products and less new drugs on the market, which means you are probably not going to live much longer than your parents.” ~ Robert Reich Spills the Healthcare Beans
OK, be educated more with this spine-chilling expose` from Daren Jonescu’s opener in today’s American Thinker…
Charlie Gard’s parents, stonewalled by their government and the Euro-socialist high command for five months, their child effectively kidnapped by the State, have finally been forced to accept that it is now too late to hope that their baby might be saved. They have therefore withdrawn their application to take him to an American hospital for experimental treatment. He will soon die.
There are numerous important lessons to take from this case and never forget:
(1) Socialized health care means state ownership of the individual, pure and simple.
(2) Progressive paternalism is opposed on principle to parental authority – i.e., to private families as the indispensable building blocks of civil society.
(3) Under socialism, even medicine – the ancient vocation dedicated to preserving and enhancing life at all cost – becomes enmeshed in the progressive death cult, according to which individual lives are mere variables in an abstract calculus based on social utility and budgetary value. (Of course, the socialists always find pretty euphemisms to mask their hateful coldness – e.g., “death with dignity” and “quality of life.”)
The final act of this tragedy – Charlie’s parents giving up their fight at last – holds one more important reminder for us, one that transcends the particularities of this sad case and takes us to the very motor of the progressive machine: all that progressives need to achieve their aims is to stand firm against the cry of liberty long enough that finally, inevitably, the cry weakens, its force abates, and society gives up and accepts the next diminution of its freedom as an inescapable reality.
Chris Gard and Connie Yates argued, begged, and fought in court for months to take their sick child to doctors who were prepared to offer him a last-ditch effort at survival. They raised money to pay for the trip and the treatment themselves; they merely needed permission to take their own baby out of the hospital and transport him to doctors who were more expert in his illness than those in Britain and who were willing to try experimental treatments.
And please don’t waste your breath on those who would argue that a baby should not be a “guinea pig” for medical experiments. All medical progress begins with someone who has run out of conventional hope taking a chance on a new, previously unproven “experiment.” (Someone had to receive the first heart transplant, the first polio vaccination, etc.)
And since Charlie’s illness is one that kills infants, the first patient to undergo experimental treatment will necessarily be a baby, and precisely one whose doctors have failed to help him with conventional treatments. Contrary to the deliberately ghoulish phrasing used by the British government hospital to characterize the American doctor’s proposed “experiments” as a form of cruelty to a child who has “suffered enough,” throwing caution to the wind is exactly what one may wish to do when a child’s life is at stake. Unless one has no particular interest in the life of that child, as will be the case at a socialized hospital.
Daren Jonescu has brought forth an excellent assessment of the progressive leftists method of winning without firing a shot. And that is a saga in itself – albeit, self-serving.
Yet what should horrify Americans even more (as I have intimated in other recent essays) is how Congress and the DemoMarxist Progressives who wrote and ultimately shaped Obamacare, have done just that, by dragging their feet, stalling and refusing to do what the American people asked for by voting in the eventual President, Donald J. Trump. This current useless Congress have stonewalled, lied and colluded together to keep the status quo for their own comfort, and the American people be damned. The newly-elected President has become their hated enemy.
I realize those are harsh words, but sometimes they need to be said – especially with a lame-duck Congress of cowards who seemingly are on a saga of their own to preserve their status quo. Why else would they recess August rather than stay until they solve the serious, serious conflicts that are ravaging the nation 24/7. Blaming The Donald is hardly worthy of consideration. Seems to me they are engaged in outright tyranny to take away the self determination of We the People. After all, WE are their employer!
Jonescu’s article gives one much to ponder. The lesson taught by a small baby boy in the cradle of God’s arms to teach us all a lesson. Charlie Gard is his name. And since he will soon be back in God’s domain and reporting in, it would behoove us all to remain “en Gard(e)” for God’s next move.
Or should that be “Saga?”
To read full Daren Jonescu article simply click on the Logo…
See also the rolling update report from today’s High Court proceedings: The Anguish of Bureaucratic Legalese Mumbo-Jumbo