Progressive death and debt I: Science versus sentimentality
By Michael Moriarty
This is a potentially infinite series of editorials on the subject of the Progressive love affair with both death and debt as solutions to the problems of not only national life, but, more revealingly, to the problems of Life itself.
Death and debt, veiled by a woman's right to abortion and a Liberal's environmental concerns, are the Progressive diving boards, off of which the Radical Left springs … and with which it will plunge us into tyranny. In addition, they do it while sporting Christian credentials.
"Let me hear you say it," proclaims Rev. Katherine Hancock Ragsdale, Dean of the Episcopal Divinity School, "Abortion is a blessing and our work is not done."
For a Catholic, even a lapsed Catholic like myself, to hear a Reverend say that abortion is a blessing … well … that's rather unsettling, but for her to add that "our work is not done" … uh … doesn't that at least make you curious … about what work is left to be done?
You may not know about the long-term goals of the American Progressive Movement … or, as the Clinton's prefer to describe it, their "Global Initiatives".
Check this out:
Dr. Nina Fedoroff, scientific adviser to Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, told the BBC One Planet program that humans had exceeded the Earth's "limits of sustainability".
"We need to continue to decrease the growth rate of the global population," said Dr. Feoroff, "The planet can't support many more people."
Pressed on whether she thought the world population was simply too high, Dr Fedoroff replied: "There are probably already too many people on the planet."
How many are "too many"? And what are we supposed to do with them?
On a BBC blog, inspired by the remarks of a Mr. John Feeney regarding "overpopulation" (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7865332.stm), the controversial issue is discussed in both calm and heated terms. The full commentary is worth a look.
One remark: "They've been talking about population reduction of 85% of us for quite some time, folks. Watch out they're coming for us, don't let Obama take your guns."
Hmmm … a bit "over-the-top" … right?
Reverend Ragsdale's closing remark, though, "our work is not done" … ?
Alright … let's go with the Progressive fears … that indeed there is a population problem and between global warming and carbon pollution, Mankind, in these quantities, is presently the worst thing that ever happened to the earth.
There just must be fewer of us.
With at least one million abortions per year in America, the number of deaths by abortion in the world could easily be one million for every three hundred million … which comes to … 20 million deaths by abortion per year … at least !
With the increasing and Progressively promoted popularity of euthanasia (see Clint Eastwood's film, Million Dollar Baby), we have, in addition to the actual performance of euthanasia, an increasing number of hospital deaths by, if you'll forgive me, "plug-pulling" … or the detaching of patients from life support systems. These are often contested decisions, causing great grief to those friends and family members who did not agree to "ending life support".
These very Progressive programs for depopulating the human race - for that, indeed, is what Rev. Ragsdale means by her "work to be done" - are only the beginning of Progressive "Progress" and the work they have yet to do.
It is ostensibly all about saving the poor … from poverty … and "improving life" for those who are now apparently "lucky enough to be dead" …. or rather saved from … an overpopulated planet.
Hmmm … therefore it is rather like "death as salvation" … for all of us … including the eternally fortunate dead.
In other words, it all comes down to Science versus what most Progressives consider sentimental fear of death as a solution.
"Don't you want to improve everyone's ... and every living thing's quality of life, Michael?!"
Well … uh … yes, but I don't particularly want to kill my fellow man to do it.
"You'll learn! You just haven't been educated! That Catholic high school you went to lowered your I.Q. about one hundred points!!"
Uh … yeah … I do feel kind of stupid around a lot of you Progressives.
"Our President was Harvard Law Review's President!!!"
Yes, I know that.
"Just try not to think, Michael!!! It will do us all a lot of good."
Okay … but I'm still not going to vote for a Progressive.
"It won't matter because the new generations will be educated Progressively."
By then I'll be dead and grateful for not having to hang out with any of the new generation … but I will have at least been allowed to experience one helluva life!
"Eventually no one will want to 'hang out' with you anyway."
Will they want to associate with any of their own next generation?
"If they don't, if they're at all like you, they probably won't be alive!"
Right … death as the best solution … sure … makes sense, I guess … to a Progressive!
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at email@example.com.