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Sunday, March 29, 2015

DEATH WITH DIGNITY: WILL WE WASH OUR HANDS OF LIFE?




How shall one measure life? 

Shall it be done by our age?  Maybe we measure it by the friends that we have.  Maybe we should measure it by the number of trophies in our living room display case.  Maybe for the faint of wallet, we should measure by the $5 million Yellow Gold Calibre 89 Patek Philippe - Genève with Westminster on your wrist.  Considering the genders, the birth dates and demographic factors of mankind, technologically savvy scientist, from a cauldron mixture, prophesy to a rounded average the moments of conception and burial.  What great envy to disclose an individual's future by divining formulas and certifying probabilities.  Nothing is impossible or improbable by men that decode their entire existence by the origins of numbers.  Shall we measure by the elusive term success?  It is indeed a fluid term to design a solid argument for or against.  Legendary College Basketball Coach John Wooden defined it this way:  "Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming."  Zappos' CEO Tony Hsieh defines it this way: "Your personal core values define who you are, and a company's core values ultimately define the company's character and brand.  For individuals, character is destiny.  For organizations, culture is destiny."  We are to know that peace of mind from best pursuits and achievements founded on legitimate core values will exploit the goodness of our character and positively impact our culture.  That's success!  If it is an acceptable measure of life then, whom we entrust our success as individuals and a nation is of the highest order.  In whom we entrust life, secures our blessings.




Many today say that we must "fundamentally transform" America because our founding fathers did not respect the lives of men.  They were "all" slave masters and frauds.  Yet, amidst the blood curdling condemnations, their is a hint of hypocrisy.  The modern protectors of life, liberty and the pursuit of scrubbed servers are the most ardent defenders of abortion and assisted suicide.  The slave trade that so many turn to as justification for the death of the Republic actually yielded the deaths of 2 to 5 million persons depending an assessment both high and low.  As Black Life Matters, this is simply an unpardonable act against God.  Yet, how are the rebels that drape themselves in such innocent condemnations against the descendents of our founding fathers so strident in measuring modern life by whom they resist entry and in whom they advance exit under the kindest phrase--Death with Dignity.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), every year in the world there are an estimated 40-50 million total abortions and approximately 125,000 per day.  The caretakers of slavery's history turn the other cheek with the knowledge that 3,000 American women everyday abort a conceived child.  How many this year?  It's 10 million strong and growing! 




DC Councilmember Mary Cheh is presenting another instrument to secure the blessings of life: “Death with Dignity Act of 2015”.  Physician-assisted suicide (PAS), which involves a doctor knowingly and intentionally providing a person with the knowledge or means or both required to commit suicide, including counseling about lethal doses of drugs, prescribing such lethal doses or supplying the drugs.  Under this Act, a mentally competent patient suffering from a terminal illness that's "likely to result in death within six months" can request medication that would allow them to choose the time, place and circumstances of his/her death".  That's really amazing that liberals have no reverence for the life given by God that they would encourage people to check out early.  According to Cheh, the way I measure life is bound by the limitations of a Sovereign God.  “I expect that some may oppose this bill on the basis of religious beliefs or moral principle," she writes, "but there is latitude to recognize that all life is valuable while also respecting the rights and decisions of others."  It is this latitude that draws my greatest concern.  Latitude that may prevent a despondent cancer suffer from becoming a cancer survivor.  Latitude that would prevent an advanced heart disease sufferer from considering the hope of a transplant.  Latitude that would induce an AIDS sufferer from considering available treatments to endure to the end.  The Hippocratic Oath, taken by those graduating medical school, originally prohibited against euthanasia and abortion.  The Oath, originally penned between 460 and 380 B.C., has since been revised.  The medical industry has given itself great latitude.  The US Supreme Court ruled twice in 1997 that there is no constitutional precedent or right to assisted suicide.  Why not state and District politicians fight ever more so for death.  With greater latitude, there is less responsibility.  During this High Holy Days Season, we shall all wash our hands of the matter of your suffering.  While many pray for one more day, with ever-increasing latitude, you may not need one. 




Great legal minds like Cheh say that our society has arrived at a point that we should be more than willing to support the final will of a few.  A will challenged by the torment of disease and illness.  Our compassion has become passionless.   How shall this percolate up?  We must change the name from physician-assisted suicide to death with dignity.  It shows that we care.  People need to know that we care.  Finally, we shall silently promote and pass this legislation because we certainly do not want to offend the Public while we show that we care.  We don't want you to have an unknown date of demise.  We want to extend our pro-choice fervor from abortion to suicide.  But...We care!  In a day when doctors and lawyers work to protect the ever growing industries of death, we must become ever more vigilant.  If we are allowed to disconnect from Faith and morals then, does this allow all men to do that which is right in their own eyes?  Cheh says I am biased and fail to sympathize with the grief of mankind.  She can more easily empathize with the pains of sufferers.  Maybe it's because I measure life differently.  What of death with dignity?  Is that not what a great nation does to alleviate the suffering of people?  Is there even a law that could be written by those with profoundly more latitude to protect those at greatest risk?  I say, at the point where the longitude is abortion and the latitude is physician-assisted suicide, the answer is NO!

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