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The birth of death panels, the death of common sense

August 12, 2009

Update: It turns out that the former governor has her own problems with death panels. What a shock.


“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s ‘death panel’ so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society’ whether they are worthy of health care.” -Sarah Palin

We are in the dark days of reason.  Thanks to Sarah Palin, the time for real intellectual discourse has left us, vaporized in a cloud of poisonous ether.  As we wade deeper and deeper into this health care debate, the former governor, a so-called leader of the morally upright in society, believes it’s better to wade into the cesspool of the outrageous.  You see, by appealing to the lowest common denominator – the fringe element in politics – these demagogues can use fear as their most potent weapon to assail and vilify.   There’s nothing worse than saying death panels will kill people.  Sarah Palin not only loses her credibility, she loses the respect and faith of those hanging onto that tiny shred of her relevance as a national figure.  Is she now someone who can lead a nation into the next century?  Leaders don’t use archaic, contemptible language and fear tactics to solve problems or debate issues.

Palin is advocating some science fiction doomsday scenario, straight out of Soylent Green.  Maybe she envisions a nightmarish landscape of partially hydrogenated infants with Down Syndrome, scattered in pieces, and used to satiated the appetites of the elites who are fortunate enough to have health care.  Think I’m wrong?  Why else would she sound the bell for the death panels? Why would she be arguing such an asinine point?  She is quickly becoming the falconer chasing the falcons.

Palin is becoming a predator.  She’s using rabid, wrong-headed rhetoric to foment false protest and rally the simple-minded.  I have yet to hear any of her supporters disavow her Facebook rant.  In fact, Newt Gingrich encourages it.  Is it any wonder then that near violence results in these confrontational town halls and in other pockets of American political discourse?  We must fight the real enemy, because they’re here to kill our babies and our parents, and our grandparents. Palin has provided the blueprint for this type of thuggery.  What type of real leader…what kind of voice for the people…does such a thing?  Beware the leader that offers scurrilous ignorance as real ideology.  Be leery of those that would choose to exploit the plight of children for their own twisted gains.

Why would Sarah Palin include her own child in her mind-numbing assault of health care reform?  Is she trying to elicit sympathy to make her point more poignant?  Is she truly afraid that her child will be denied care, then taken somewhere and murdered?  Palin is an opportunist, striking just when she sees fit.  After months and months of demanding her family be left alone by the media, she now is very willing to involve them in this circus.  It’s sad really.  Does political expediency mean so much to her that she’s willing to trivialize her child’s ailment to score a political cheap shot?  Mrs. Palin, you should apologize.  You should apologize to all Americans for being ignorant of the facts in such an important discussion.   You should apologize to all parents and families of children with Down Syndrome.  They don’t support your foolishness.  You have come to this examination unprepared so you seek to turn it into a sideshow, dripping with fear and lunacy.  You should know better, and you should be ashamed.

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