Would You Rather Remember History OR Repeat History?

Things are taking a nasty turn lately. Actually, it started turning decades ago, but was so slow and subtle then, most of us didn’t notice it. It’s only over the past few years that this decline has picked up speed. September 11, 2001 began what I call the “fear mongering age”. Since that tragic day, we have been inundated, attacked, smothered with reports of things we need to fear. From terrorists to food to wisps of cigarette smoke to games of tag in schoolyards to [insert something you dislike others doing here]. How the majority don’t see this is beyond me.

They say that if you don’t remember history you are doomed to repeat it. Well, apparently we have forgotten history, not our leaders – just us citizens, for we are rapidly approaching a repeat of some of the nastiest history in present day, and it’s our leaders promoting it all (and I don’t believe for one minute that they are unaware of what they do).

This story comes out of the UK, but I’ve heard similar things suggested here in the USA also, and this is exactly what you can expect if any of the candidates promising ‘universal health care’ get their way.

Don’t treat the old and unhealthy, say doctors

By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent
Last Updated: 2:09am GMT 28/01/2008

Doctors are calling for NHS treatment to be withheld from patients who are too old or who lead unhealthy lives.

Smokers, heavy drinkers, the obese and the elderly should be barred from receiving some operations, according to doctors, with most saying the health service cannot afford to provide free care to everyone.

Fertility treatment and “social” abortions are also on the list of procedures that many doctors say should not be funded by the state.

The findings of a survey conducted by Doctor magazine sparked a fierce row last night, with the British Medical Association and campaign groups describing the recommendations from family and hospital doctors as “out¬rageous” and “disgraceful”.

About one in 10 hospitals already deny some surgery to obese patients and smokers, with restrictions most common in hospitals battling debt.

Managers defend the policies because of the higher risk of complications on the operating table for unfit patients. But critics believe that patients are being denied care simply to save money.

Read FULL story here.

Just to prove my point about history repeating itself, Junkfood Science posted a piece over the past weekend. Read it and then look at what is going on today with smoking, food, diet, exercise, school cafeterias, schoolyard recess, even global warming (that’s another post though)…..and lord knows what else. Don’t think that because you don’t smoke, aren’t overweight, get exercise and have no kids means that you are safe. The way things are going, they WILL come after you eventually, because eventually they will want something YOU enjoy or do to be banned, restricted, eliminated. It just takes one person, convincing others, that something you do is not healthy, undesirable, harmful, and costs society. When you agree to remove liberties from others, you leave the door open for your liberties to be taken also.

Inspired by George Santayana

What happens when a nation embraces the idea that people bring health problems on themselves through undesirable behaviors, that the common good is greater than that of the individual, and that government determines what is best for all? When government health and medical policies are based on the inherent worth of individuals, can those who are seen as more costly or less productive be cast aside? Mark P. Mostert, Ph.D., of Regent University, examined the history of medical and healthcare policies in Germany during the early 1900s, in an article for the Journal of Special Education:

Useless Eaters: Disability as Genocidal Marker in Nazi Germany

Societal tensions generated by deprivation, war, and notions of peoples’ relative worth based on their ability to contribute to society continued to affect people with disabilities in institutions across Germany until the late 1920s, precipitating rapid and radical attitudinal changes even as the medical and psychiatric communities continued to struggle with custodial issues related to asylum inmates. It was clear, however, that extensive and expensive care could not be expended on people who could not immediately aid Germany’s economic recovery… two perceptions were firmly fixed among German medical professionals and laypeople alike.

The distinction between voluntary euthanasia and involuntary killing was thus effectively eradicated, and an ominous term was coined for the first time: “life unworthy of life.” In 1920 the concept of living beings not worthy of the life they embodied gained impetus with a tract published by two university professors, Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche. Permission for the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life articulated key implications for people with disabilities. Binding and Hoche called for the killing of people with disabilities… the imposition of others’ will upon them. This shifted the burden of human existence from simply being alive to requiring an explicit justification for living… the right to live was to be earned, not assumed. One earned the right to live by being a useful economic contributor to society….

Think of the Star Trek movie with the Borg……’you will be assimilated’, ‘resistance is futile’. THIS is the future we are leaving our children and grandchildren. Unless we do something about it, we the people should be thoroughly ashamed of ourselves.

I leave you with this thought:

“Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana (1863-1952)


~ by swfreedomlover on January 30, 2008.

2 Responses to “Would You Rather Remember History OR Repeat History?”

  1. They are SO blind who will not see! While those of us who shout our heads off to no avail, “WAKE UP AMERICA!”, there are those plotting our demise. Soon, freedom to think will be illegal, freedom to exist will be conditional, freedom to relocate to a better climate will require “papers”, but hey, that’s in the future, why should we worry now??? We should all march on Washington and DEMAND answers! Don’t tell me crap and not follow through. I’m watching you and I am fully aware of what you are trying to do.

    Great POST! Oh, and love the color changes. Makes things stand out better.

  2. Glad the colors work. Is it easier to read? I know it is for me, but want to know from others too.

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