By: Guy Benson
Reacting to those in media and politics who think the measles outbreak should stop, every journalist who writes about this story spews poisonous pseudo-science that blames vaccines for all the problems in America’s health care system — and then scoffs at those pointing out why those health care problems are actually unconscionable and responsible for hundreds of thousands of premature deaths from complications each year. Do you know who’s responsible for those “legislative hurdles”? Yep, you do.
(1) Dr. Eugene Fama, the most respected economist in the country. His vicious and insulting books demonize educational vouchers and promote huge increases in American debt while crediting the worst kind of government spending for the growth of the greatest economy of the 20th century. Fama’s views are hateful and toxic to any of the 99.9% of Americans who believe that history teaches us it is usually better to collect the fruits of one’s labor than try to prevent people from eating what they want to eat or do what they want to do on private property. Ask Fama about the role of government to make things like education and health care more affordable and accessible for those who don’t have access to those things.
(2) Sadly, there is a wider spectrum of Americans’ legitimate experience with menaces both in their daily life and through their family. Each of those Americans who perishes each year through a simple infection caused by something like the varicella virus, has her death recognized by her family not by the powerful and the powerful-doctors-versus-everyone else. (How do you think the infected mother feels when she finds out her child has died from the illness?
(3) Often these national tragedies are created and spread by drunks and career criminals. It’s not just irresponsible choices on the part of those who bludgeoned to jail, or those serving time, or those who beat up their daughter to “spill the beans.” It’s that society has not yet made the necessary deal with the risk: those who demand that those who are vulnerable, sick, mentally impaired, innocent, etc. must pay with their lives for what society says they ought to pay with their lives. Especially the “rights” of meth dealers and transgenders. Also the pregnant women. Especially the emotionally damaged victims.
The demand for these freedoms is what is infecting our politics, our health care system, our education system, and other systems of life that should be created by the will of the most civilized of our human society. If we don’t make the proper bargain we could have “fake news” bragging to “shoot the parents” turning into what today is calling being “ugly and inappropriate.”
What I am about to say in response to libertarian eruditeian Lisa J. Fine’s fearmongering continues my journey of taking it in the ear to think about health care and the consequences of a government which continues to look away from the tragedy of having a society where the “rights” of those who have been “cured” of “mental illness” outweigh the rights of those who are not?