Santorum and Satan

Santorum and his issue with Satan speech given at Ave Maria. You will need speakers probably to hear it, the transcript can be found below the video.



“This is not a political war at all. This is not a cultural war. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America. If you were Satan, who would you attack in this day and age. There is no one else to go after other than the United States and that has been the case now for almost two hundred years, once America’s preeminence was sown by our great Founding Fathers.

He didn’t have much success in the early days. Our foundation was very strong, in fact, is very strong. But over time, that great, acidic quality of time corrodes even the strongest foundations. And Satan has done so by attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition.

He was successful. He attacks all of us and he attacks all of our institutions. The place where he was, in my mind, the most successful and first successful was in academia. He understood pride of smart people. He attacked them at their weakest, that they were, in fact, smarter than everybody else and could come up with something new and different. Pursue new truths, deny the existence of truth, play with it because they’re smart. And so academia, a long time ago, fell”. Continues over at  Right Wing Watch

Here is how the Catholic University summed up Santorum’s speech that day.

Here is a link to the full speech-

Euthanasia or Murder in the Netherlands?

How often do doctors kill patients without their consent in the Netherlands?

This post from the National Review brought back memories of the course I took with Biomedical Ethicist Art Caplan, entitled, no less than Biomedical Ethics. The course for the most part was debating who, what,where, and when do we pull the plug. An example of the game goes like this: There are six people in a cave with oxygen for only 5. If all six remain breathing, all will die, but if one dies, all will live. How does one make the decision of which one shall die? By now you are getting the drift.

Hospitals have Ethics Committees. I was on one of those committees for a time. It was an unforgettable experience. There are Committees in place for just this sort of thing.

Rationing is indeed coming. Nameless, faceless people will decide which drugs and to whom they will be given. Here are links to how this will be done :

 The Obama Rationing Plan- why seniors fears are real,  Read Here. And “ Principles for Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources” by Ezekiel Emanuel. Lancet Article.

Now on to the post: “Murder in the Netherlands”.

What a slippery slope.The very first step, how much easier it will get when there is a shortage of treatments. Of course I am sure the physicians are more than happy to report the number of “without consent”.

One-quarter of assisted suicides, according to this survey. But only slightly less than 2 percent of all deaths are euthanasia/assisted suicides:

In 2005, of all deaths in the Netherlands, 1.7% were the result of euthanasia and 0.1% were the result of physician-assisted suicide. These percentages were significantly lower than those in 2001, when 2.6% of all deaths resulted from euthanasia and 0.2% from assisted suicide. Of all deaths, 0.4% were the result of the ending of life without an explicit request by the patient. Continuous deep sedation was used in conjunction with possible hastening of death in 7.1% of all deaths in 2005, significantly increased from 5.6% in 2001. In 73.9% of all cases of euthanasia or assisted suicide in 2005, life was ended with the use of neuromuscular relaxants or barbiturates; opioids were used in 16.2% of cases. In 2005, 80.2% of all cases of euthanasia or assisted suicide were reported. Physicians were most likely to report their end-of-life practices if they considered them to be an act of euthanasia or assisted suicide, which was rarely true when opioids were used are without the consent of the patient, according to doctors’ report. From  National Review

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