The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. — Winston Churchill
Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory. — George S. Patton
He who wishes to fight must first count the cost. When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men’s weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be dampened. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength. Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain. Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor dampened, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue… In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. — Sun Tzu, the Art of War
There was a tie this week between The Noisy Room, with The Bear And The Dragon Encircle The Eagle, and Bookworm Room’s Socialized medicine and passive-aggressive genocide. As the official tie breaker (and because her piece is simply fantastic), I award this week’s winning entry to Bookworm’s – Socialized medicine and passive-aggressive genocide, which lays bare the evil agenda of the State concerning end of life decisions. It is a tremendous expose on how Progressivism does not care about the individual, it cares about the Collective and the bottom line. Here’s a slice:
Long ago in China, a boy coming home from school met up with his father, who was carrying on his back a basket holding the boy’s grandfather.
“Oh, father,” asked the boy, “where are you taking Honorable Grandfather?”
The father signaled that the boy should come closer, and then whispered in his ear, “I’m taking grandfather up to the waterfall. If I throw him over the edge suddenly, death will greet him so quickly, it will be painless.”
Aghast, the boy asked, “Why would you do that to Honorable Grandfather?”
“Because I must,” his father whispered back. “Honorable grandfather is too old to help in the field or around the house. Instead, he just sits in the corner, eating our food, drinking our tea, and requiring us to care for his needs. A quick, painless death will be better for everyone.”
The son nodded sagely upon hearing his father’s words. Then, as he turned to continue the walk home, the boy reminded his father of one thing. “Dear father, please make sure to bring the basket back, because I’ll need it for you one day.”
Although I was only around 12 when I first read that story, it resonated with me. Aside from admiring the boy’s cleverness, I was so grateful that I didn’t live in a country in which poor people had to make those kinds of choices. I didn’t realize back then that it would take a mere forty years for my country to creep ever closer to justifying the genocide of the old and the sick. Even more ironically, I didn’t realize that this ugly choice would come about, not because individual poor people could no longer afford to care for their elders, but because our own government has decided that the nation as a whole should no longer care for its old people.
Old people certainly requiring a lot of care. With every passing year, our bodies become more fragile. While we love seeing videos showing very old people doing amazing physical feats, the reality for most people is that the journey to old age is marked by one bodily system after another breaking down. Our skin’s breakdown is the most immediately demoralizing (“I look so old”), but the real damage from aging happens under our skin, as our joints, muscles, and internal organs just stop working very well. Eventually, every cold has the potential for pneumonia; every fall has the potential to end in a broken hip; every chest pain could be a heart attack; and the joint pains that slowed us down in our 50s can render us immobile by our 70s.
Modern medicine, thankfully, can do a lot to ward off some of aging’s worst effects. Putting aside plastic surgery, which heals the spirit not the body, modern medicine offers everything from quick diagnosis and treatment of pneumonia; to hip repairs so effective that the old person can be home in a day or two, rather than confined to a wheelchair or hospital bed for weeks; to an amazing array of heart treatments, whether pills, pacemakers, bypasses, or transplants; and joint fixes that range from pills, to shots, to surgery, to replacement. All of these are the wonders and miracles of the modern age . . . and all of them are very expensive.
Much more at the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Angelo Codevilla at The Federalist with Washington’s Ruling Class Is Fooling Itself About The Islamic State, submitted by Joshuapundit. Codevilla bluntly, succinctly and masterfully spells out how our elite ruling class fails at eradicating the enemy — the Islamic State, while stirring up more hatred for America abroad. This cancerous flaw in foreign policy strategy is endemic on both sides of the political aisle. Do read it.
Here are this week’s full results. Only Simply Jews was unable to vote this week, but he was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:
- *First place with 4 votes! – Bookworm Room – Socialized medicine and passive-aggressive genocide
- Second place with 3 2/3 votes – The Noisy Room – The Bear And The Dragon Encircle The Eagle
- Third place with 2 2/3 votes – The Right Planet – Obama’s Baffling ISIS Strategy
- Fourth place with 1 1/3 votes – Rhymes with Right – When Educators Teach Students That The Constitution Does Not Apply To Them
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Nice Deb – Benghazi Annex Security Team Members Challenge Democrat Adam Schiff To A Debate (Video)
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Independent Sentinel – Dem Congressman Says 40 ISIS Terrorists Have Returned to the US
- Sixth place with 1/3 vote – JoshuaPundit – No Honor Among Thieves – Fatah Accuses Hamas of Stealing Millions in Gaza Aid
- *First place with 2 2/3 votes! – Angelo Codevilla/The Federalist – Washington’s Ruling Class Is Fooling Itself About The Islamic State submitted by Joshuapundit
- Second place with 2 1/3 votes – Matthew Barber/Syria Comment – If the U.S. Wanted To, It Could Help Free Thousands of Enslaved Yazidi Women in a Single Day submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Third place with 2 votes – Kevin D. Williamson/NRO – The Rape Epidemic Is a Fiction submitted by The Watcher
- Fourth place with 1 2/3 votes – James Lewis/American Thinker – The worldwide rise of sadistic political pathology submitted by Bookworm Room
- Fifth place with 1 1/3 vote – Sultan Knish – The Rationing Society submitted by The Noisy Room
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – War News Updates – Are American Troops Already Fighting on the Front Lines in Iraq? submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Daily Caller – Stingray Developer Misled FCC To Sell Cellphone Tracking Tech To Police submitted by VA Right!
- Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote – All American Blogger – Why Is No One Bringing Up This Common Denominator In The NFL Domestic Violence Stories? submitted by Nice Deb
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Blazing Cat Fur – UK: Work with extremist Islamic groups, says expert submitted by The Watcher
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – Phyllis Schlafly – The Liberal Newcomers submitted by The Watcher
- Seventh place *t* with 1/3 vote – International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran – Death Sentence for “Insulting the Prophet” on Facebook submitted by Rhymes with Right
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