Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Last night’s Republican presidential debate was a celebration of the powerful over the sick, elevating death to the level of Tea Party campaign plank.
Asked a hypothetical question by CNN host Wolf Blitzer about how our society should respond when a healthy 30-year-old man decides not to buy health insurance suddenly goes into a coma and requires intensive care for six months, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a doctor, replied:
“That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare to take care of everybody…”
Rep. Ron Paul was drowned out by audience applause and shouts of “yeah.”
Blitzer pressed Paul further asking:
“Are you saying that society should let him die?”
That’s when the audience got even more involved shouting loud cheers of “yeah!,” followed by laughter in response to Blitzer’s question.
Death, it seems, becomes the Tea Party.