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  • 13-08-09, 19:12
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    Give me death panels, or give me liberty!

    Give me death panels, or give me liberty!
    I am truly and genuinely sitting on the fence as I contemplate this decision. Do I support death panels? Or do I support my fellow Americans?by John Kusumi
    (centrist liberal)
    Wednesday, August 12, 2009

    A precautionary note for readers, this article is "tongue in cheek." For the record, my actual position is that death is a bad thing, and I am against it. However, I plan to be very cavalier and take my chances with writing this article anyway.

    It is five days since former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin popularized the term "death panels," and it is one day since a woman named Katy Abram became the 2009 version of Joe The Plumber. Also yesterday, President Barack Obama took pains to clarify that there are no death panels in his health plan.

    And, it is 234 years since a man named Patrick Henry popularized the phrase, "Give me liberty or give me death."

    I've been watching news coverage of the Congressional town hall meetings, at which Americans seem to be in a feisty mood of "push back" against the Obama administration and its "health insurance reform" plan. (Note that a few weeks ago, it was "health care reform," but then the Obama administration substituted the word "insurance" in place of "care.") Or, if we are loose with wording, one can just call it the "death panels plan."

    This makes me wonder: in what certainly appears as a confrontation, which side should I take? I am truly and genuinely sitting on the fence as I contemplate this decision. Do I support death panels? Or do I support my fellow Americans?

    It can be perilous to take sides in a confrontation. Twenty years ago, I watched another scene on television that was clearly a confrontation: the Tiananmen Square massacre on the streets of Beijing, China. On one side, it was the army of communists, dictators, tyrants, and thugs. On the other side, it was the unarmed population of ordinary people (workers, journalists, academics, etc.) who were led by Beijing's college students into a 7-week long uprising for freedom, human rights, and democratic political reform of Mainland China. The confrontation was clear in the famous photo of one lone man, standing in front of a line of tanks. So, would I side with the tank stopper? Or would I side with the tank driver?
    I took the side of the tank stopper and hence, the common people of China, standing for freedom, democracy, and human rights. And, U.S. President George H. Bush took the side of the tank driver and hence, communists, dictators, tyrants, and thugs. The renewal of MFN (Most Favored Nation status)? --Was a reward for bad behavior. The granting of PNTR (Permanent Normal Trade Relations)? --Was a reward for bad behavior. The choice to give Beijing the host city status for the 2008 Olympics? --Was a reward for bad behavior. Over 3,000 people were killed in the Tiananmen crackdown, and since then China had the Falun Gong crackdown of 1999, the Tibetan crackdown of 2008, and the Uyghur crackdown of 2009.

    You see, at the time in 1989 when I sided with the students, I thought that to do so was an easy, no-brainer decision for Americans who were accustomed to standing against communism and were known to fight for liberty. In 1989, I took the "politically correct" side. At that time, there was no way to know how the U.S. executive branch was going to favor the Chinese Communist Party-run government there with so many rewards for bad behavior. They moved the goal post and made it "politically correct" to expand the U.S. trade deficit with China (to $268 billion), to de-industrialize America, and to keep that policy -- upside-down economically, and reprehensible morally -- sacrosanct by decrying protectionism.

    So. Political correctness, and the goal post as for what is "mainstream," changed. But I myself did not change. I continue to run the China Support Network; I continue to work with Chinese dissidents; and I continue to campaign against this sociopathic China policy which makes America into a financial backer, and hence accessory to crimes against humanity, of communists, dictators, tyrants, and thugs. (It is still the Communist Party that rules in China, as a totalitarian one party dictatorship.)

    My point was that it is perilous to take sides in a confrontation. Even when the matter is life-and-death. In 1989, I took the side of life. It was the other side -- the army of the Beijing government -- that was dealing out death. (And for prisoners of conscience such as Falun Gong, Tibetans, and Uyghurs, the death continues even now.) I chose life, and the U.S. executive branch chose death. The U.S. executive branch remains unforgivable for its involvement with China's human rights abuse. The U.S. executive branch signalled to Chinese civilians that "death for you is fine by them."

    Today, the swindler in chief is named Barack Obama, and the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, channels her husband every day in every way as she continues the Bill Clinton China policy. In my view, both ought to be prosecuted as accessories to China's genocide and crimes against humanity.

    Hence, I believe that American government is now in the hands of evil, criminally-inclined sociopaths. And, they are protected by the laughable news media, who flank the powerful and perform a function of "the corrupt, flacking for the corrupt." Keith Olbermann says that there are no death panels in the health insurance reform legislation. I'm sorry, Mr. Olbermann, but I don't trust you, either. I am not consumed with paranoia about death panels, but by the time it passes, the legislation might or might not have death panels. Either it will, or it won't, but either way I don't expect the President, or the media, to "level with us." By us, I mean "we the people."

    There are people without health care. I care very much about the health of America. And I believe that those who will get relief from health system reform need that relief immediately. Yes, this is a matter of life and death, and yes I am sympathetic to the President's interest to get health reform.
    On the other side is the crowd of my fellow Americans attempting to "shout down" the likes of Senator Arlen Specter. I believe that they are right to be suspicious and to not trust the government. I haven't seen the U.S. government ever do the right thing in the post-Reagan years. Was there supposed to be a "peace dividend" on the basis of the ending of the Cold War? Well, I didn't get my peace dividend check, did you? --Based on its track record of mismanagement, I would happily join the Americans who are shouting down many members of Congress, and based on my China Support Network experience, I would happily shout down the evil U.S. executive branch. In fact, more than shouting, most of our politicians deserve citizens' arrests, followed by trials at the International Criminal Court. Why don't we stop the national discourse, and have ourselves a revolution or a military coup, right now?

    Well, my prior paragraph expressed the countervailing sentiment -- There are people without health care. I care very much about the health of America. And I believe that those who will get relief from health system reform need that relief immediately. Yes, this is a matter of life and death, and yes I am sympathetic to the President's interest to get health reform.
    So maybe that's the compelling reason not to have the disruption, at present, of the national discourse. I can repeat my rhetorical questions, above: In what certainly appears as a confrontation, which side should I take? I am truly and genuinely sitting on the fence as I contemplate this decision. Do I support death panels? Or do I support my fellow Americans?
    Actually, I am in favor of both, and I would take either.
    Give me death panels, or give me liberty!
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