Socialist policies always begin under the guise of good intentions. Such was the case in Germany in the 1880s, when Bismark laid the framework for socialized medicine. After World War I, the German government started providing medical services for all citizens. As private practice faded, where the patient and doctor decided the best path forward, there now emerged a public model where government decided what was best. The needs of the patient became secondary to the needs of the state.
The expanding welfare state led to economic crisis, and the state had to identify ways to reduce spending. Health care had to be rationed. Every decision was carefully analyzed from a cost-benefit standpoint. Those worthy would get the best care. Those unworthy were allowed to suffer or die. This new "political health care" gave birth to policies and concepts that borrowed heavily from Charles Darwin's concept of natural selection. Taking this concept further, people in power would decide who was important to society, and who was considered expendable.
Throughout the civilized world, "intellectuals" embraced the concept of eugenics. Its leadership promised a better world through selective breeding, sterilization, or eradication of those they decided were inferior to themselves. In Nazi Germany, the idea of the master race and the extermination of anyone considered inferior, reached its zenith. However, similar concepts took root in many places, including North America.
Margaret Sanger was a champion of eugenics in the United States, targeting those classes and races that she deemed unworthy for extermination. Her plan was more subtle than Adolf Hitler. Instead of death camps, she sought to abort the untermenschen into oblivion. Her slaughterhouses were built almost exclusively in black and poor areas to eradicate those she considered inferior. Her campaign against African Americans was known as The Negro Project, and continues to this day, albeit buried by the propaganda.
Whether it is called family planning or women's health care, Planned Parenthood and others in the abortion business have one primary mission, the destruction of life. They continue Sanger's legacy, killing almost 1,000 black babies a day in 2008. Abortion is the number one killer of black lives in the United States. Since 1973, America's abortion industry has murdered nearly 60 million babies from all races! That is a whole generation of athletes, entertainers, professors, preachers, teachers, soldiers, mothers, fathers, scientists, doctors, lawyers, and maybe even an honest politician or two. 60 million is more people than the total population of all but 23 of the largest nations.
A series of undercover videos revealed yet another evil lurking behind the abortion industry. They routinely dissect and sell body parts of their victims for profit. Did America rise up and say stop these savages? No. They were more concerned about a hunter killing a lion in Africa. What is wrong with this nation?
Cecile Richards as the President of Planned Parenthood, is paid over $500,000 dollars annually working at this "nonprofit" that murders babies and sells their organs for profit. And, makes every American an accessory to infanticide by demanding taxpayer money to fund their slaughterhouses to the tune of $540 million in 2013. And just for good measure, they launder their blood money to the Democrat party and fellow travelers in the political arena to the tune of $30 million from 1989 through 2014. So, not only are Americans of faith, and those with any sense of morality, forced to support such heinous practices, but their hard-earned tax dollars also support a political party intent on further destruction of this nation. And with that kind of money, its no surprise so many candidates act so willingly ignorant when it comes to what abortion really does to a child, not to mention the mother, both physically and emotionally.
As evil as abortion is, it is only a symptom of an even greater evil that is destroying the very fabric of this nation. The whole idea behind "family planning" and similar government outreaches is to teach folks that the family is an antiquated institution. It encourages promiscuity and low self-esteem that leads to even more abortions and greater dependency on the state. Abortion devalues life. If a baby in the womb is just tissue to be sold to the highest bidder, then what value does the severely disabled, or senior in an assisted living facility have?
In this brave new world the left has created, the state replaces God. And if the state is the highest power, they have every right to determine who lives, and who dies, whether in the womb, or simply because some government bureaucrat determines they are not worth saving. We see this already in play with our Veterans who are being denied and delayed in their efforts to get health care. Most simply die while waiting. How long before seniors and the disabled are slow-played into early graves, or euthanized by compassionate and compliant socialists?
America is $18 TRILLION in debt and growing, with no sign that anyone in Washington is serious about cutting spending, or shrinking government. Like Germany in the early 20th century, the state has slowly taken over health care. Its only a matter of time before reality sets in that the state CANNOT provide health care for everyone. Rationing will become necessary, followed by some unelected bureaucrat making heath care choices for all. The choices will seem rational at first, until your group is denied care. In a time when the IRS targets Conservative groups, or the state harasses and intimidates Churches and Christian-owned businesses, would it be that surprising to see these same actions applied to health care? When this same government openly identifies Christians and those that stand up for freedom as potential enemies of the state, it seems we are not that far away from America's Final Solution.
And before you totally dismiss this post, or the comparison, I ask that you check out this fascinating article that traces Germany's health care system from Bismark to Hitler. America needs to change its ways before it repeats the mistakes of the past.
National Health Care: Medicine in Germany, 1918-1945 Does the modern bureaucratization of medicine risk a return to the horrors of national socialist medicine?
Today we are concerned about issues such as doctor-assisted suicide, abortion, the use of fetal tissue, genetic screening, birth control and sterilization, health-care rationing and the ethics of medical research on animals and humans. These subjects are major challenges in both ethics and economics at the end of the twentieth century. But at the beginning of the twentieth century the desire to create a more scientific medical practice and research had already raised the issues of euthanasia, eugenics, and medical experimentation on human subjects. In addition, the increasing involvement of the German government in medical care and funding medical research established the government-medical complex that the National Socialists later used to execute their extermination policies.
Its time the Progressives and Socialists on the Left take a long hard look at their actions and ask themselves, "Are we the baddies?"