Thursday, September 15, 2011

Someone Please Tell Wolf That Govt. Is Not Society

September 14, 2011
Wolf Blitzer, apparently without even realizing it, exposed his own massive bias toward government. And I believe his bias is quite common.
[also, check out the new Ron Paul campaign ad]
Wolf clearly confuses government with society.
Check out Blitzer’s hypothetical question beginning at about the 03:55 mark. Seems like a fair (if baiting) question. Thanks to Kaiser for the transcript.
BLITZER: Thank you, Governor. Before I get to Michele Bachmann, I want to just — you’re a physician, Ron Paul, so you’re a doctor. You know something about this subject. Let me ask you this hypothetical question.
A healthy 30-year-old young man has a good job, makes a good living, but decides, you know what? I’m not going to spend $200 or $300 a month for health insurance because I’m healthy, I don’t need it. But something terrible happens, all of a sudden he needs it.
Who’s going to pay if he goes into a coma, for example? Who pays for that?
PAUL: Well, in a society that you accept welfarism and socialism, he expects the government to take care of him.
BLITZER: Well, what do you want?
PAUL: But what he should do is whatever he wants to do, and assume responsibility for himself. My advice to him would have a major medical policy, but not be forced —
BLITZER: But he doesn’t have that. He doesn’t have it, and he needs intensive care for six months. Who pays?
PAUL: That’s what freedom is all about, taking your own risks. This whole idea that you have to prepare and take care of everybody —
BLITZER: But Congressman, are you saying that society should just let him die?
PAUL: No. I practiced medicine before we had Medicaid, in the early 1960s, when I got out of medical school. I practiced at Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, and the churches took care of them. We never turned anybody away from the hospitals.
PAUL: And we’ve given up on this whole concept that we might take care of ourselves and assume responsibility for ourselves. Our neighbors, our friends, our churches would do it. This whole idea, that’s the reason the cost is so high.
Blitzer (and many like him) see no other option than government, they see it not only as the best option, but often the only option. Listen closely to his question at the 04:52 mark.
Blitzer sees some kind of a moral problem with not having government pay for this person’s healthcare. But he apparently sees no moral problem with using the power of the state to literally hold a gun to your neighbor’s head and take money from him at gunpoint to pay for these things. That’s a strange moral calculus. Anyway, the entire video of Ron Paul at Monday’s debate is worth watching.
Oh, and even David Cross agrees with Ron Paul on occupation, 9/11, and war.

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