There are, in my opinion, four cornerstones of the radical right: lies, hypocrisy, fearmongering and greed.
After years of following the antics of the far right, I didn’t think anything it could do would shock me, but shocked I am over its latest gambit.
With “Brave New World” tactics, the right-wing is attempting – with dystopian delusion - to strike fear in the hearts of elderly Americans – by suggesting that the healthcare reform package …
Well, let’s read the opening paragraphs of a report on politico.com, written by Carrie Budoff Brown and headlined “Will proposal promote euthanasia?”
“Sean Hannity believes it. So does House Minority Leader John Boehner. Talk show host Fred Thompson calls it 'the dirty little secret' of the healthcare reform debate.
“The focus of their ire is a provision tucked deep inside the House bill that would provide Medicare coverage for an end-of-life consultation once every five years. If a person falls ill with a life-threatening disease, more frequent sessions would be allowed.
“Republicans are now using this language as a wedge between senior citizens and Democrats.
“Boehner and Republican Policy Committee Chairman Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) issued a statement last week saying it ‘may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia’ — even though the concept behind the provision has been embodied in federal law since 1990 and has been promoted by Republicans and Democrats for years.”
It’s called a living will.
These dirty, rotten scoundrels are taking a provision intended to prevent another national tragedy – and political football - like Terri Schiavo’s death and trying to convince old folks they’re going to be systematically euthanized.
That’s right. The Democratic Party – surreptitiously, of course - is pushing the United States of America into setting mandatory death dates for old folks.
I have found myself with a condition those who know me will never believe – I am speechless.
What next, boys? Are you going to dig up something about “Soylent Green”?
I recommend you read the politico.com article HERE. Then, hold the hands of persons old and dear and tell them of their worth.