Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: There is a way to have both an expansive welfare state and fiscal responsibility at the same time!
First, a little mood music:
Somehow that collective right to socialized medicine has become the individual “right” to be killed because that socialized medicine literally the equivalent of crippling and painful terminal cancer or AIDS.
“Once killing the sufferer becomes a societally acceptable means for ending suffering, there becomes no end to the ‘suffering’ that justifies human termination. We can see this phenomenon most vividly in Canada, because it is happening there more quickly than in most cultures. For example, a recent poll found that 27 percent of Canadians polled strongly or moderately agree that euthanasia is acceptable for suffering caused by ‘poverty’ and 28 percent strongly or moderately agree that killing by doctors is acceptable for suffering caused by homelessness.
“Euthanasia mutates a society’s soul. I can’t imagine that being true ten years ago before euthanasia became legal.
“This kind of abandoned thinking finds enthusiastic, albeit not unanimous, expression among secular bioethicists. In fact, two Canadian bioethicists just published a paper in the Journal of Medical Ethics — a prestigious British Medical Journal publication — arguing that ‘unjust social conditions’ justify lethal jabs (euphemistically called MAiD, for ‘medical assistance in dying’). The argument claims that killing is a form of ‘harm reduction.’”
Remember when it was the Left used to accuse the Right of wanting to kill the poor and homeless because they were such uncaring monsters who wanted to get the human speed bumps out of the way for their glorious economic future utopia?
LOL, good times…
“One third of Canadians are apparently fine with prescribing assisting suicide for no other reason than the fact that the patient is poor or homeless.
“The results were contained in a recent Research Co. poll probing just how comfortable Canadians were with the current state of the country’s MAID (medical assistance in dying) regime.
“Starting in March 2021, Canada became one of only a handful of countries to legalize assisted suicide even in instances where a patient does not have a terminal illness. Ever since, a Canadian can be approved for MAID simply for having a ‘grievous and irremediable medical condition.’
“Research Co. found that 73 per cent of poll respondents favoured the current regime, and only 16 per cent opposed it.”
If anyone can give Canadians a run for their money when it comes to killing people, it’s the Dutch.
“Canada’s increasingly enthusiastic embrace of euthanasia has received most of the attention lately, but the Dutch also continue to blaze a path to the lethal practice’s normalization. Here are the latest concerning statistics, as reported by DutchNews:
- Euthanasia killings rose by nearly 14.1 percent in 2022, totaling 8,720 deaths. That’s 5.1 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands. Since about half of deaths come from things such as accidents or sudden heart attacks, that means around 10 percent of deaths in which a patient was under medical care were from lethal jabs. The same percentage of USA deaths would total would be about 170,000 annually, or as many people as live in Ontario, California. (The USA totals about 3,400,000 deaths per year.)
- 115 mentally ill people were euthanized in the Netherlands (sometimes conjoined with consensual organ harvesting).
- 379 elderly couples received joint euthanasia. In the past, this has sometimes meant that one spouse was very ill and the other less debilitated but wanted to avoid the grief of widowhood.
- 288 people with dementia were euthanized. In the Netherlands, killing can be ordered ahead of time by filling out an advance directive.
“The Dutch demonstrate that once killing becomes an acceptable means of eliminating suffering, the numbers of people who die by euthanasia steadily increases — as do the acceptable causes of suffering used to justify killing. Indeed, eventually, euthanasia will encompass the terminally ill, the chronically ill, people with disabilities, psychiatric patients, ill children, and disabled babies — ultimately leading to death on demand (as it has already come to in Germany, after that country’s highest court created a right to a self-determined death’).”