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We are become Death

Dave 07A few days ago it was reported that as doctor assisted suicide becomes more popular, it will save Canada’s health care system millions of dollars a year. So I had a bit of an online discussion about it, and pointed out that in Belgium and the Netherlands the assistance has not always been requested by the patient, and is therefore, technically, murder. But apparently it’s okay. Nobody is arrested, and it does save money on health care.

I also suggested that the elderly and infirm will increasingly be pressured to check out early and make their beds available for others. If you don’t think that’s coming, you’re naïve.

Now there’s a new Global TV series called: “Mary kills People.” Mary’s a very good ER doctor, but she also has a sideline; helping people commit suicide. The concerning thing is that the show apparently presents the issue in both a serious and lighthearted manner. For example, entertainment writer Bill Harris describes the following scene.

“Mary and her partner in crime Des are helping a terminally ill ex-football player take his own life. Rather than receiving an injection he is given a drug cocktail to drink so that he is the one who technically is committing the act.”

Harris describes the scene further: “But there’s a sharp change in tone that occurs quite quickly. Suddenly it’s almost slapstick. The ex-football player’s wife comes home unexpectedly and the frazzled Mary and Des scurry out onto the balcony to avoid detection, as if it were a caper comedy.”

So that’s the strategy. Make assisted suicide a joke and people will get used to the idea. After all, only a stick in the mud would get upset about a joke.

We’ve seen this same bait and switch strategy throughout the abortion debate. The fetus is part of the woman’s body. Desperate women are already having abortions, so why not make them legal? Doctors can be counted on to provide abortions only to those women who had been raped, or to save the life of the mother. And, abortions will be rare.

Part of the woman’s body? We now know, scientifically speaking that from conception on, the baby has a separate DNA. Within a few weeks, it has a heartbeat. It has its own blood type. At no time in the continuum of pregnancy is the fetus a part of the woman’s body. It is nourished by the woman’s body, and evolution or creation has obviously planned that it’s to be protected by the woman’s body, but it a separate individual.

Rare? Since the famous 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe V Wade, over 50 million abortions have been performed in the United States, and a disproportionate number of them were performed on African-Americans. Black lives matter?

In Québec, which is struggling with a birth rate well below population replacement levels, about 30,000 unborn little Quebecois’ are terminated, each year. In total, Canada aborts around 100,000 annually.

cecile-richards-ppNecessary? It’s estimated that less than 10% of abortions are performed because of rape or medical necessity. If you don’t believe me watch from minute 7 to 9 of this interview in which Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards describes her own abortion, which she says clearly, was for convenience.

In 2013 I blogged about gender selective abortions. Where are the missing girls?

I doubt that either assisted suicide, or abortion, will ever be eliminated from human society. But by any measure, a decent society will ensure that it is indeed rare; at least, arguably necessary; and above all, taken seriously. Could we please have the conversation?

Sincerely

Dave Reesor

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Conservatarians Politics Social Issues Socialism The left Uncategorized US Politics

That Hopey Changey Thing

Dave 07In a December interview, Michelle Obama bemoaned the upcoming Trump presidency, and, as she saw it, the end of hope. She said: “Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept and Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes. He and I and so many believe that.”

And then she asked, rhetorically: “What else do you have if you don’t have hope.”

Well, change maybe? Wasn’t that really what Obama was supposed to be about; “change that you can believe in”?

There was change all right. Libya has become a failed state thanks to the Obama/Clinton State Department; an emboldened Vladimir Putin threatens former Soviet satellites in Eastern Europe; “Junior Varsity” ISIS  – as characterized by Obama – spreads terror around the world; hundreds of thousands have died in Syria, and Europe is overwhelmed with refugees. That’s the international scene.

There was change at home as well. Millions more now have healthcare, but they’re offset by the millions losing their health care; murderous mayhem rages in the cities with the tightest gun control regulations; race relations have worsened, and there’s a cool 10 trillion in new US federal debt. You’re welcome Millennial’s. You’ll be paying that off for the rest of your lives.

Mich Obama.pngI doubt if that’s change you can believe in but it’s change that happened. Of course Ms. Obama was actually bemoaning the death of  her hopes for an uninterrupted left wing agenda. I suspect that for the next four years at least, that is indeed a forlorn hope.

But for the millions of Deplorables  who voted for Donald Trump, it appears that hope has been rekindled, and is very much alive. It’s a fool’s game to analyze the Trump Administration  five days in, but I’d say it’s quite sane to predict that there will be “yuge” change. Let’s hope that the change this time is positive; commonsensical and sustainable. Everyone should believe in that!

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In the First Place

Dave 07Last week I blogged about the differences, as I see them, between left and right. The next day I received my copy of Imprimis, a monthly publication of Hillsdale College. It features an article by the college President, Dr. Larry P Arnn, entitled: A More American Conservatism. This week I was going to publish some back-and-forth online conversations that I’ve had with friends from the left but instead I’m going to encourage you to read Dr. Arnn’s article. Because whatever your nationality, or political persuasion, it deserves at least one read-through.

Dr. Arnn observes that: “Things in the past are like things in the present; they must be judged.” In other words, just because it worked in the old days does not necessarily mean it still works. Think about that, conservatives.

But he goes on to say that we know that: “things that have a good reputation for a long time are more trustworthy than new things.” In other words, just because it’s labelled “progressive” doesn’t guarantee its value. Such arguments are neither left, nor right.

Dr Larry Arnn.jpgHe says: “Laws are made now chiefly by regulatory agencies which combine, in themselves, all three powers of government.” He means that the bureaucracy now behaves as if it has the power of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, all put together. His point is beyond dispute.

And this: “Every employer, every school, many clubs, and family life itself are now the subject of rules too complex for the layperson to grasp.” That’s also beyond dispute and is the reason that ordinary people, left and right, throughout Western democracies, feel they have very little say in their own governance.

Dr. Arnn’s personal style couldn’t be farther from that of Donald Trump, yet he is hopeful about the new US administration. Because, as he points out: “Trump ran in utter defiance of the (debate stifling) political correctness that enforces this new system of government.” Bracketed words mine. Any person who believes that open debate helps lead us to the best ideas must find that hopeful!

All in all, this is an exceptional article, and I would recommend it to everyone interested in thoughtful public discourse. And I urge you to subscribe to this publication, called Imprimis. It means: In the first place, which is always the logical place to start.

Best to each of you!

Dave

P.S. I think quite a few of you know that Danny Hozack has been a force in thoughtful conservatism for a long time. For the past several years he’s organized an annual conference called Essentials of Freedom, which alternates between Calgary and Edmonton. This year it’s in Calgary.

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Left – Right – Left – Right

Dave 07When discussing politics we often frame the conversation in terms of left and right, progressive and conservative, socialist and capitalist. What do we mean by those terms? It’s important, because unless we more or less agree on the definition of something, there’s no way we can have a meaningful conversation.

A friend told me that Karl Marx created the word “socialism” to describe just one of the stages of communism. He insists that at present there are no socialist, and certainly no communist governments in Canada, the United States, or Europe; only Social Democrat governments that do not attempt to own the means of production, but try to direct the economy through regulation and taxation. If Alberta’s NDP is Social Democratic, they sure do!

Socialist governments, on the other hand, actually nationalize industries, and then, in theory at least, distribute the resulting wealth equitably to all the citizens. The economic chaos in Venezuela illustrates  just how well that works. As Hungarian economist Janos Kornai observed; shortages are the chronic problem with socialism.

Communists just take over and imprison or liquidate anyone who objects, including 70 million or so in the last century.

Communism, Socialism, and Social Democracies are all parts of “The Left.” And by the way, so were the Nazis. The word, Nazi, comes from National Socialist, and the Nazis actively coerced businesses, and citizens, into supporting the objectives of the state.

Conservatives in all their iterations are referred to as “The Right.” Conservatives believe that individuals have the first responsibility, and the right, to decide how to look after themselves, their families, the less fortunate, and their own interests. They also believe in sensibly regulated capitalism, and free enterprise.

True conservatives are in agreement with the left in their opposition to crony capitalism, and corporate welfare.

On social issues, Leftists believe that government appointed “experts” must be allowed to intervene to help citizens run their lives. In practice, it leads to the slavery of dependency, and it distracts governments from doing well, those things which only governments can, and must do.

The left seems to believe that an economy is a zero-sum game. If someone gains, someone else must lose. But in the past 30 years, capitalism and cheap energy from fossil fuels have added so much new wealth to developing countries that extreme poverty has dropped from 35% to under 10%. That sounds like a win win to me.

On the social side, most conservatives do not nonchalantly abandon long-established customs, unless those customs interfere with another persons human rights. We are certainly born with a predetermined colour, sex, etc., but how we live out that reality is based on our choices. It requires a remarkable level of hubris to demand that our choices should override another persons fundamental rights and freedoms; property rights, assembly, speech, and religion.

Left and Right have fundamentally different and opposing world views. The right believes that the individual, family and community are preeminent; the left believes that a citizens first allegiance is to the the state. When we talk to each other, we need to remember that difference.

Being of the Right, I would tend to agree with Winston Churchill who famously suggested that Christopher Columbus was probably the first socialist. “He left not knowing where he was going; didn’t know where he was when he arrived; and he did it all on borrowed money.”

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