Many of you did not hear about Alfie Evans until he was gone. A few of us watched in horror as two young parents lost the authority to decide the medical care over their son. Their son had an unknown illness that was causing brain degeneration. The UK decided the child was not viable and decided to pull the plug. When it became apparent there was no “Plug” to pull they removed his feeding tube.
Italy, by direction of the Pope granted the child citizenship and asked that Alfie be moved to Italy for better palliative care and a possible answer to what was killing Alfie. They did not promise to change the prognosis, but only to make him more comfortable AND to maybe provide the parents with an answer. The parents appealed to the courts and the UN and were met with a resounding NO. If we aren’t going to treat him, no one will. They surrounded the hospital with police, even placing two police officers at the door, further reminding the Evans that their child was sentenced to die and they had no choice but to go along with it.
It is true Alfie Evans would probably not recover if it was true that his brain had degenerated. However, it is also true that the parents DID NOT know why it happened. He did not have a diagnosis. What is the harm in letting the parent get answers? What was the harm in letting Italy take him to continue the Palliative care? Simple answer…because we say so.
This is the consequence of socialized medicine. We become slaves to the state and we no longer have control over ourselves or our children. The world is heartbroken for the Evans. Yet they can’t say anything. Warnings were sent out via social media that all posts were being monitored and the appropriate actions will be taken. They were showing up and questioning people that were questioning the government’s role in Alfie’s death.
If we do not have control over our bodies, are we free? If we do not have control over our children, are we free? If we cannot question the authority of our government, are we doomed?
I realized that the emergence of Bernie Sanders was celebrated by our college students because “free stuff” is awesome. “Income Equality for all will be great.” The problem is that it is a lie. It is a big fat lie. As I said, I brought in a man who watched his country fall to a dictator who used the promise of equality for all after studying Marx in Prison after a failed coup. Hugo Chavez used talk of Social Justice and taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Through corruption and manipulation, the country that owned Citgo and that should have been the wealthiest place in the Southern Hemisphere, fell in to the lies that Marx told.
First, the oil companies went under government control and companies lit Citgo suffered at the hands of the full government control. In fact, currently, Citgo has been offered up to Russia as a settlement for Russian Debt. Next came the free healthcare and education. Yeah that worked well if you could find a doctor. It squashed all private doctors and eventually, the medicine and the healthcare dried up. Now they are in a healthcare crisis.
Free education also had a price according to Pedro. He recalled students being pulled from their college classrooms and being forced to protest in favor of the government, even if they didn’t want to. They could severe beating or even death if they spoke up against the government that was providing their lifestyle.
How is Venezuela today?