Good friend of mine posts, “Have you heard of Charlie Gard”?
I reply, “Yes. Very sad story. A story of a death panel.”
Another person jumps in and derides the response:
Yes. Poor baby. No cure for his horrible genetic disease. It’s best to let him die peacefully.
In this country, he could very well become a ward a the state and the same decision be made on his behalf. So stop already about death panels. What the Republicans are proposing is death panels at the hands of insurance companies CEOs.
Remember when Mrs. Palin said she didn’t want some death panel deciding whether her son lives or dies? (Trig was born with a genetic condition as well … who gets to decide whether his quality of life is sufficient to fight for?) she was derided and laughed at. Oh, that dumb hick! (how non-judgmental and tolerant!). The words “death panel” do not appear anywhere in the document! Ha ha! Ho ho! (Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon … where did I read that? Hmmm).
They spent a LOT of energy on that one.
That would never happen, they said. You’re just fear-mongering. LIES!
So in one of their most vaunted examples of Medical Utopia™, exactly what Mrs. Palin was talking about actually happens, the response is “stop talking about it”. “Shut Up!”
As Mr. Klavan pointed out years ago, “Shut Up” is typically the central thesis of their argument when anyone argues back.
They have lots of different ways of saying “shut up”, though in this case, one of the commenters here basically just came out and said it point blank.
But racist, sexist, intolerant, whatever-o-phobe, ignorant, hick … my experts are smarter than yours, yours are just greedy money-grubbers at best.
These are all different things they use to say “shut up”.
And through it all, it was almost lost that what they’re really exposing here — when you read between the lines– is not so much that they thought Mrs. Palin was wrong. No.
It’s that they were OK with the death panels from the beginning.