Is Sarah Palin that crazy? We know she’s not that dumb..or is she? She did say that the proximity of Russia to her home in Alaska endowed her with foreign policy experience. Is she really so crazy that she thinks anyone could sneak a bill through congress that would require our senior citizens to stand before a “death panel so [President Obama’s] bureaucrats can decide … whether they are worthy of health care.” as she has so deceitfully asserted? Or is she just an echo?
Or is she crazy like a sneaky fox? Senior citizens vote – in large percentages as any astute politician knows. So, being the astute political student that she is, taking her cues from mentors like Limbaugh, Savage (Weiner) McCaughey and O’Rielly , she is making all the outrageously false but downright frightening statements she can come up with. Her formula seems to be; mix a sprinkling of truth with a huge old smile and a handful of emotional inflammatory phrases, then stir in a few deliberate distortions while declaring how much you love America, click your heels together three times, stand back and watch the multiplying explosions. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Hello – look who’s back in the spotlight.
It’s a ploy that works by forcing your opponent to waste time, money and energy defending a truth which wouldn’t have to be defended at all if so many of us were not part of the “feed me, Seymour” gang. It is a tactic she skillfully employed again and again during the 2008 campaign and is continually honing. She used it against Letterman in a wondrously serpentine fashion and now she is focused on health insurance reform. AARP executive vice president of policy John Rother said “Right now it seems there is an intentional effort to distort what’s in the legislation and that’s confusing the public debate”.
Exactly as intended.
AARP has posted this easy to understand review of the highlights of the Health Insurance Reform bill currently before the House and this on the so called “Death Panel” Yes, this bill does address the logical need for doctors to provide counseling to patients who are entering the last stages of their lives; counseling that allows each patient to decide, in advance of need, how much treatment they wish to have and where and under what circumstances, with guidance from a doctor they trust. As a culture we avoid accepting death, we avoid speaking of or making any logical planning for it. And as a consequence our loved ones are forced to make decisions on our behalf we should have and could have spared them, with a little planning. Monsignor Charles Fahey, 76, who is chairman of the National Council on Aging board says “What I have said is that if I cannot say another prayer, if I cannot give or get another hug, and if I cannot have another martini — then let me go.” I suspect most of us agree with him but we just haven’t gotten around to filling out a health care proxy , an advance health care directive or living will quite yet.
BTW – have you seen this piece on Ben Stein? Life is just sooo confusing.