Sunday, August 9, 2009

... another exercise in futility

My letter to Sarah Palin:
Mrs. Palin:

If you intend to be taken seriously on the national political stage, you might want to start by taking yourself seriously.

Your recent, now well-publicized Facebook posting regarding the various healthcare bills now under debate in Congress is a case in point:
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
You're right! - Such a system would be downright evil!!!

Can you identify the sections/paragraphs of ANY version of the current health-care bill in Congress that implies the creation of a “death panel”, or that individual end-of-life decisions will be determined by ANYONE other than the individual and his/her family based on “level of productivity in society”?

No, you can’t. You can’t because THERE ARE NO SUCH PROVISIONS!

Please, if you must speak on issues of national policy, speak with knowledge!
Otherwise, though your ill-informed rantings may appeal to 20% of the electorate, 20% has never won an election.

I'm not sure why I'm offering sound political advice to Palin, but it was fun to write the letter.

FYI: her address is
1140 W Parks Hwy
Wasilla, AK 99654

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