Friday, September 19, 2008

From Other Sites on the Line: 19 Sep 08

Universal Health Scare #31: Britain’s Leading Moral Philosopher Hopes People Will Soon Be “licensed to put others down”

By Shane Borgess of Political Vindication

How can it be that one who advocates murdering the demented so as to save the state money is called a “moral philosopher”? More likely she ought to be considered an ‘immoral economist’ or even better, the “Angel of Death.” The esteemed Baroness Warnock, a crusty 84 year old curmudgeon who isn’t happy enough to contemplate her own death, she must plan the deaths of everyone around her as well, has elbowed her way to the front of the pitiful parade of a death culture that has sprouted in England over the last ten years. We here at Political Vindication have warned you all countless times that if you insist on universal healthcare paid for by the government - then the government owns you and has every right to decide for you how you live and how long you live. Ponder the following:

Lady Warnock, a former headmistress who went on to become Britain’s leading moral philosopher, chaired a landmark Government committee in the 1980s that
established the law on fertility treatment and embryo research.
A prominent supporter of euthanasia, she has previously suggested that pensioners who do not want to become a burden on their carers should be helped to die.
But in her latest interview, given to the Church of Scotland’s magazine Life and Work, Lady Warnock goes further by claiming that dementia sufferers should consider ending their lives through euthanasia because of the strain they put on their families and public services.

Recent figures show there are 700,000 people with degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s in Britain. By 2026 experts predict there will be one million dementia sufferers in the country, costing the NHS an estimated £35billion a year.

Lady Warnock said: “If you’re demented, you’re wasting people’s lives – your family’s lives – and you’re wasting the resources of the National Health Service.
“I’m absolutely, fully in agreement with the argument that if pain is insufferable, then someone should be given help to die, but I feel there’s a wider argument that if somebody absolutely, desperately wants to die because they’re a burden to their family, or the state, then I think the too should be allowed to die. She went on: “If you’ve an advance directive, appointing someone else to act on your behalf, if you become incapacitated, then I think there is a hope that your advocate may say that you would not wish to live in this condition so please try to help her die.
”I think that’s the way the future will go, putting it rather brutally, you’d be licensing people to put others down.”

The trend is already established that if your fetus is afflicted with Down’s Syndrome or other challenges they get aborted outright, and those elderly who are unable to defend themselves are talked into euthanasia for the good of the state. Now, those who are lost in dementia are to be led by their caring doctor to the slaughter because they are a burden to the state. It’s all very logical, you see. Once you’re no longer productive to the state, you’re no longer of any value. You’re a beast that can no longer pull the plow. I’m sure they’ll recycle you into something that those of value can use, like Soylent Green wafers.

In America, we’re still fighting back the forces of moral utilitarianism. Their arguments are designed to appeal to individual determinism and the frantic pursuit to find that bureaucratic line at which life is said to be not worth living, but here euthanasia and abortion are met with indignant disgust and a healthy distrust of benevolent government. Why is it we still resist the syren’s call that has seduced Europe to exchange the ovens at Aushwitz for the soothing warmth of nembutal? Are they more civilized than we are? Should we not settle for anything less than perfection? It’s America’s much maligned religiosity that allows us to recognize that the value of each life is not found in ledgers or on the tax rolls, but in the miracle that began it and the soul it gives birth to. Strip away our physicality and distinctive features, our possessions and our conquests, and peer into the source that lends the sparkle in our eyes and you’ll see cascading memories full of emotion, quirks and culture, history and heartache, knowledge and that sixth sense that tells us when we are not alone. Every human life that slips from this world is a library a million times the size of Alexandria’s lost. For a society to become inured to this providential phenomenon is to watch it devolve into moral anarchy. A world the size of an elitist’s navel cannot hold the wonder of the stars pulled together to enliven one soul.

When we devalue life, we trivialize our own existence. Every step we take toward dehumanizing those from who we have robbed of their humanity, is a step closer to the day when we will put to death those whose only crime is fall before our prejudices. Because the state does the killing does not release us from our responsibility for this outrage against decency. It only makes us cowards and murderers both.


  1. Abortion started out as only being allowed up to three or four months of a woman's pregnancy. Now we have late term abortions and even have the allowing of live births, where the abortion failed, to be left to die.

    With the state being allowed to take the lives of the elderly, it will not be long before they can terminate whomever they want.

    It is a slippery slope not worth the ride. Just reading about the state being allowed to terminate the lives of those who are a burden to their families is disgusting. Where is the compassion or even love? I think it is a cruel way to end the lives of those who took care of you while you were young. People should at least take care of their parents in their old is the decent thing to do, no matter the burden. What a selfish lot we have become.

  2. These are the baby steps towards a final solution. First it is abortion and the throw away child, then the elderly and disabled (too costly to keep alive), then it will be people over a certain age, let us say 65 (they get old and sick, plus we live in a society that worships youth), and finally those minority segments that offend or anger us.

    Thus we see the Nazi ideology again at work.

  3. Ben Stein's movie, "Expelled" delves into the subject of euthanasia & the left -- he doesn't mention this banshee in particular, but he discusses her breed. To be short, we've been through these trials before, and suffice to say they ended with Hitler endorsing them. However a small contingent to this day lobbies for the cause of hereditary manipulation of that nature, despite the fact that the driving philosophies behind it have even been debunked.

    But let not such trivial things as historical precedent stop you, they say, WE CAN DO IT RIGHT.

    Were it up to me, I'd allow the experiment. And the first and last subjects would be her.

  4. That idea of hers, which she calls euthanasia, is the legalization of murder, no more no less.