This afternoon, a very hot 114o afternoon in Palm Springs, a video was forwarded to me; (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLJxmJZXgNI). However I was unable to locate the specific date or the government hearing in which the testimony was given. My best guess is that it was within the past few months, and that it was a US House of Representatives' hearing. The witness was one Carol Plato of MartinMemorialHospital, in Martin County, Florida. Another video, this of an ABC local affiliate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSe3C5vMafM&feature=related) that referenced the YouTube posting, ostensibly to make a point: The health care crisis striking the United States is in large measure the bi-product of the scourge of illegal aliens who are filling beds that should be reserved for Americans. In both videos was the testimony that the delivery of emergency health care to illegal aliens was costing providers hundreds of millions of dollars.
I tremble at the thought that Americans may not be the dumbest, most easily gulled folks on earth. The health care crisis is complex nearly beyond imagination. Let me use an analogy. You're blind, and you've baked a cake, and it turned out completely inedible. It tasted awful! You didn't refer to a recipe, for some idea which ingredients to use. Nor did you measure any of the ingredients you did use. And finally, you didn't check the oven setting, or refer to a timer. Specifically, which single ingredient and which step went awry?
But trying to land on just one easily identifiable possible source of a problem is what American's are famous for today, much as was the case in Nazi Germany when the Jews were singled out as the root of everything that was going wrong there.
The messages in the two cited videos was manifestly clear: Just get rid of all those dirty illegal aliens (whose melanin-saturated epidermis tinges them brown-skinned), and their dirty little offspring (whose melanin-saturated epidermis tinges them brown-skinned), and our (the right kind of Americans) problems will vanish like fog in the afternoon sun.
Let me interrupt this program with the following message: It does not matter whether a child is the progeny of parents who can trace their ancestry back to the Mayflower, or parents who are not legally in this country! The offspring who were born in this country are every bit a US citizen as anyone else, and they have just as much right to be here as does the child of anyone reading this! That's one fact that somehow gets by with little or no genuine thought in the illegal immigration debate. So . . . (I want all those Bible-referencing "good" Christians to tell me.) what do you want done to the children whose only criminal act was choosing the wrong parents? Kick them out of the country? Kick defenseless US citizen out of the country? Make of them orphans? Put them on the street? So that you can have health care?
And that would be so "Suffer-not-the-little-children-unto-me" Jesus-like how?
Next, which was also glossed over: The cases cited, as well as those intimated at, were those involving gravely ill patients. And the viable options are what? Set them on the street, to die? Load them onto public transportation, where they'll infect passengers? Don't treat them at all, and let their dirty little children infect your good American children?
C'mon. Let's hear the answer. After all, it's so simple.
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