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Back to Bataan | May 3, 2010

One of the most horrific events of the early war was the Bataan Death March in 1942.

After the American defeat on the Bataan Peninsula in the Philipines, the Japanese forced a 60-mile march of 75,000 American and Filipino prisoners that killed several thousand prisoners.

Those who were unable to keep up with the pace were summarily executed on the spot where they fell.

The Japanese attitude was comparable to that of the Nazis who eliminated all its useless eaters,who were a drain on the country’s limited physical and medical resources.

This pragmatic attitude of eliminating all those who waste government resources bodes poorly for America.

I believe that just as slavery was our most compelling social and moral issue of the 19th century and similarly with abortion in the 20th century, this country will see euthanasia as the most controversial issue in the 21st century.

The recent passage of ObamaCare with its provisions about end-of-life counseling all Americans, especially senior citizens, should give pause for real concern.

This is not to suggest that America has become a den of Nazis or Japanese fascists but only to point out that some of the seeds have been sown for what might arguably lead to an embedded system of passive euthanasia for the elderly and the infirmed.

Once that starts it will be only a matter of time when active euthanasia rules the medical profession.

This will be true because since the 2nd half of the previous century the U. S. has undergone a subtle transformation from being one nation under God to that of a polygotinous collection of rival special interests that relied more on secular principles than any religious guidance.

While religion had always supported traditional virtues, such as patriotism, fidelity, loyalty and honesty, our cultural leaders have relied on the secular virtues of tolerance, expediency, practical reasoning and compassion.

On a related note, since the 1930s the federal government has gradually increased its control over and responsibility for many of the quotidian functions that previously had been handled by state governments or individual self-reliance.

These new “rights” or entitlements have come with a sticker-shock price tag.   Profligate government spending has been more the rule than the exception.

But even that has its limitations. With the advent of a federal assumption of health care for over 300 million Americans, predicted expenditures are off the charts.

Add to this a startling doctor shortage.  The US has not kept pace with its expanding populations with incentivizing young people to become doctors.

If anything the legal profession has especially chased thousands upon thousands of qualified men and women from even considering medicine as a career choice.

When the ill effects of ObamaCare become apparent, it will chase thousands more from the roles, reducing our medicine to the level of the VA hospital system.

Government medicine will then be the only game in town and we will be …at last at their mercy.   Have you ever received compassion from the IRS?

It is at this stage that a reasoned pragmatism has to kick in so that government can fulfill its promises and avoid insolvency.

Since the elderly now account for 80% of our medical expenditures, logic dictates that their health care be restricted.

While there may not be any visible death panels, or any overt duty to die programs, there is a systemic incentive there for cutting costs by limiting treatment to those who need the most treatment.

To make matters worse, the environmental movement has employed its apocalyptic ruminations in order to condition Americans to accept a lifeboat mentality that sees mankind as the enemy of humanity.

Thanks to the bogus science of Rachel Carson’s A Silent Spring, they have effectively reduced the population of Africa with their outlawing of DDT, an innocuous pesticide that had virtually eliminated malaria and other insect-born diseases from the earth.

Now it’s back with a vengeance, killing millions each year.

They believe that a reduction in population will reduce man’s carbon footprint and thus avert the alleged disasters of  climate change.

This is at variance from the teachings of the Church that says all men are created in God’s image and likeness.  Government has borrowed more from George Orwell’s Animal Farm idea that held …but some were more equal.

This is not a conspiracy but a natural result, emanating from ideas that have replaced God with a religion of humanity.

It flows more from a morally indifferent expediency that reasons that American youth is the future and the elderly are part of the disposable past.

If we are not more vigilant the United States may experience something akin to Back to Bataan.

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15 Comments »

  1. How sad, the ruminations of an old soldier, fearing the inevitable. That hauning, unrelenting and oh, so absurd FEAR OF DEATH. And of course, at the end, a tireless belief that “God” is there, to rescue reason from the discussion.

    Bill, your Deathmarch diatribe begs more questons than it answers. Somewhere, there must still be
    survivors of Bataan who can voice how their DIS-
    belief in the Afterlife helped get them though the terrible reality of a desparate existance.
    The power of one man’s individual strength and determination against all odds always sounds more
    heroic to me than the raving cravings of one who seeks a Magical White Light at the end of the tunnel. With organs playing in the background.

    Why not incentivise doctors? Why not give some credit to the rising awareness of the Nurse Practitioner? And why not expect compassion from those who devote their lives to it, even if they might be paid by the government.

    But most of all, why not recognize that even Dr. Kavorkian refused to help end a life unless 1) The illness was incurable with no hope of a return to a normal, productive life and the suffering was interminable, and 2) the patient made it clear he/she did NOT want to go on living.

    Bill, if you can just let “God” go for a moment, you will understand. We deserve to own our own lives.

    Those who choose to live in a Fairyland of
    clouds and crucifixes are certainly free to do so, but please stop telling me what to believe.

    I don’t need your help.

    Live with that!

    Comment by dan richards — May 3, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

  2. Das Borst: You have taken by response to your
    Death March remarks off the comments portion of your website. Could it be… could it be I touched a nerve?

    A raw nerve. Exposed.

    Comment by dan richards — May 4, 2010 @ 5:14 am

    • Bill,
      If the Socialist have not fired a shot in anger or fear in defense of our Country, which includes the Constitution, their road to America’s destruction aw we are witnessing today. The denial of God in relation to our country is a denial of our Constitution that has been a world example of freedom and the pursuit of happiness with out government dictations.
      New York State is drifting to “human organ” collections in defiance of all that is civilized.
      The current dominating Political Party reflects the same roots and foot prints as National Socialism and Communism, the same evils we had sacrificed hundreds of thousands of young men and women to insure our freedoms in the US. If the democrats and liberals can eliminate God,family and property, they can join the ranks of Friedrich Engels, Carl Marx, Lenin the their predatory followers, Mao,Stalin,Castro,Hitler,etc.
      Our Country is slowly being destroyed by our political and liberal enemies within.
      Socialism is a real threat to America and its future.

      Comment by Jim Vondras — May 4, 2010 @ 4:02 pm

  3. Dear Danny Boy:

    The pipes are calling you! I guess I touched a nerve writing about death since it’s obvious that the very thought of death and quite possibly judgment has made you resort to invective and a tiresome prosaic. Maybe there is no God in your foxhole but for the vast majority of billions who have walked the earth, sometimes in fear and trepidation, He is often a comforting thought. But then again like some many neo-Gnostics, you may have have some “secret” knowledge that comforts you in your time of stress.

    Comment by bbprof — May 4, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

  4. Danny Boy Two:

    As for your second letter, I have no idea what you are talking about. BB

    Comment by bbprof — May 4, 2010 @ 7:49 pm

  5. Danny Boy Take Three:

    Old Doctor Death assisted anyone who wanted to die, including some who WERE NOT terminal but merely depressed. His thinking is a disease and goes against our natural survival instincts. Now I didn’t see the agit-prop on HBO and maybe that’s where you got all your erroneous information.

    Comment by bbprof — May 4, 2010 @ 7:52 pm

  6. Danny Boy:

    Old Doctor Death assisted anyone who wanted to die, including some who WERE NOT terminal but merely depressed. His thinking is a disease and goes against our natural survival instincts. Now I didn’t see the agit-prop on HBO and maybe that’s where you got all your erroneous information.

    Comment by bbprof — May 4, 2010 @ 7:53 pm

  7. Dear Bill, and Jim too,

    Nonsense. Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, Albert Einstein, Sam Clemens… they understood the folly we call “God.”

    Of course Socialism can go wrong. Just as Capitalism can, with banks, car companies, insurance companies and oil companies all making ambition, greed and dishonesty the norm.

    What makes you think Dr. K. would kill someone merely suffering from Depression. You can’t know that. Did he ever admit to makign a mistake? I wonder.

    You are making me Depressed. I need Dr. K’s phone number!

    Alas, I must retire. You guys kill me. What happened to that Open Mind you guys had had in school? You know, when you didn’t have to pretend like you had all the answers.

    Socially speaking,

    d.

    God would have an Open Mind too, ya know.

    Comment by dan richards — May 5, 2010 @ 12:56 am

  8. Bill,

    I am afraid you have been drinking Beck Koolaide
    Your quotes from your posting.
    “The recent passage of ObamaCare with its provisions about end-of-live counseling all Americans, especially senior citizens, should pause for real concern.”

    “When the ill effects of ObamaCare become apparent, it will chase thousands more from the roles, reducing our medicine to the level of the VA hospital system.”

    Prove with fact and evidence these “allegations” are true and then maybe your conclusions may have some validity. Tom

    Comment by Tom Block — May 5, 2010 @ 1:23 am

  9. Tom and even Danny Boy:
    This is an excerpt from my recent Mindszenty Report. Read ’em and weep!

    (Note: I am not certain Sec 1233 is in the final bill but I have no reason to believe it was excised. That would have been big news and a victory for Sarah Palin. Remember the Oregon Right to Die Movement is the wave of the future)

    Section 1233 mandates that all senior citizens receiving government medical care would be required to undergo these counseling sessions with a physician or other health care professional every five years or more often if the patient’s health worsens. The latter is not confined to a fatal illness, but encompasses a broad and spectrum of conditions described as chronic, progressive, or life limiting. It also requires an explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice, and benefits for such services and supports that are available under this title.

    Section 1233 mandates that all senior citizens receiving government medical care would be required to undergo these counseling sessions with a physician or other health care professional every five years or more often if the patient’s health worsens. The latter is not confined to a fatal illness, but encompasses a broad and spectrum of conditions described as chronic, progressive, or life limiting. It also requires an explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice, and benefits for such services and supports that are available under this title.

    Though nothing in 1233 even hint of suicide or assisted suicide, given all the economic and psychological parameters of this issue it is not a stretch that the option of ending one’s life would be vigorously promoted. Columnist Charles Krauthammer warns about the subtle pressure from one’s doctor that is intended to gently point you in a certain direction, toward the corner of the sick room where stands a ghostly figure, scythe in hand, offering release.

    According to House Minority Leader John Boehner, and Michigan Representative Thaddeus McCotter, this provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia if enacted into law. While calling this a death panel might be euphemistically incorrect, it sounds like a national triage system that would decide who gets treatment and who does not.

    A Veterans Death Book

    For a preview of what ObamaCare might mean for the elderly, one need only look to the nation’s veterans’ hospitals. With two long wars in the Middle East, and thousands of casualties, the VA hospitals have been under intense scrutiny.

    Since the Clinton administration the Veterans’ administration has been promoting a booklet that was written to help veterans and their families make important end of life decisions. Some may argue that the veterans hospitals were being used as a proving grounds for policies, designed to relieve the economic and social burdens of a growing elderly population.

    The 51-page booklet, Your Life, Your Choices was written in 1997 by VA ethicist Robert Pearlman, a euthanasia advocate schooled in the George Soros Project on Death in America. Pearlman has also received guidance from the Hemlock Society, which openly encourages euthanasia. Now known as Compassion and Choices, they clearly have ambitions to become the Planned Parenthood of death. On their website they boast about their role in ensuring that end of life counseling is embedded in the ObamaCare.

    In 2007, after a careful review the Bush administration discontinued the pamphlet only to see Obama revive it last year. News of Your Life‘s return, prompted blogger Jim Towey, the president of Saint Vincent’s College, and the founder of the non-profit Aging With Dignity to expose the booklet in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. In The Death Book For Veterans Towey exposed Obama’s VA directive, which mandates that all primary care physicians must proactively discuss end of life planning with all their VA patients, not just those nearing death.

    In effect Your Life is a bold attempt to induce frail veterans to feel guilty about staying alive. It is a given that Obama is using the VA hospitals to practice the end-of-life life counseling that may soon be required of all America’s elderly and infirmed.

    This booklet is available on-line. I suggest everyone get a copy and see what they have in store for us.

    Comment by bbprof — May 5, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    • Bill, thanks for the reply. First let me put my reply in context. We are both Pro-Life in our beliefs and practices. I oppose all “elective” abortions. There is never a reason to intentionally abort a baby in the womb. In some cases a baby may die in an attempt to save the mother and her baby but it is an unintended consequence. I do not nor will I ever support “euthanasia” the deliberate taking of one’s life at the other end of our journey we call life on earth.

      You admit you do not even know what is in the Health Bill so again we are dealing with a hypothetical but let me respond anyway.. it is a good thing that seniors will get counseling. It is a good thing they know options. We all die. It is not the worst thing to happen to us.

      In fact I would hope my doctor regardless of a health bill would tell me straight about my conditions and give me choices. The next paragraph a quote from you repeating a quote of Krauthammer is all hype and fear mongering, Bill. You are better than this.

      ” Columnist Charles Krauthammer warns about the subtle pressure from one’s doctor that is intended to gently point you in a certain direction, toward the corner of the sick room where stands a ghostly figure, scythe in hand, offering release.” (Bill Borst)

      Then you jump to a book given to veterans and say we will be given that kind of book. It is a leap of hysteria. You state ,”. Some may argue that the veterans hospitals were being used as a proving grounds for policies, designed to relieve the economic and social burdens of a growing elderly population.”

      I say that “some” would have to be clones of you. Just because I hear about counseling on end of life issues I don’t believe anyone is trying to kill me.

      My ministry takes me to hospitals and nursing homes, residents and families need to deal with end of life issues. You then conclude with an over the top suggestion that Obama is looking to kill our Moms and Dads and then us..

      “In effect Your Life is a bold attempt to induce frail veterans to feel guilty about staying alive. It is a given that Obama is using the VA hospitals to practice the end-of-life life counseling that may soon be required of all America’s elderly and infirmed” (Bill Borst).

      I took your advice and looked the booklet up, surprisingly I did not find a choice to deliberately end my life on how I would like to spend my last days…

      From Booklet Your Life, Your Choices

      How would you like to spend your last days? Page 24

      a. Avoiding pain and suffering, even if it
      means that I might not live as long.

      b. Being alert, even if it means I might
      be in pain.

      c. Being around my family and close
      friends.

      d. Being able to feel someone
      touching me
      .
      e. Having religious or spiritual advisors
      at my side when I die.

      f. Being able to tell my life story and
      leave good memories for others.

      g. Reconciling differences and saying
      “good-bye” to my family and friends.

      h. Being at home when I die.

      i. Being in a hospital when I die.

      j. Being kept alive long enough for my
      family to get to my bedside to see me
      before I die, even if I’m unconscious.

      Mark your choices
      Not
      Important

      Moderately
      Important

      Very
      Important

      Extremely
      Important

      Comment by Tom Block — May 5, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

  10. Thanks again Tom for the comprehensive reply.

    Let me lay out the scenario why I think the president and his way of thinking, which is shared by many in his political sphere will have to use death to solve a political/economic crisis that looms on the horizon.

    This president has proposed to spend more money in two years than all the presidents in history.

    Where is that money coming from? You say the rich, the wealthy? If so, I say bolderdash! The top 50% of income-tax payers, which now is all the people who actually do pay anything do not have that much…even if they were to confiscate all their money.

    They cannot borrow all of the deficit money—eventually China and our other debtors will balk–we will have to raise interest rates.

    That will add countless billions to the deficit.

    They could print it and what will that do to interest rates and the value of the dollar? Weimar, Germany, anyone?

    No, the only way to do so is to cut service. They knew that going in. All the Socialized medical systems in Europe and Canada do so by cutting elective surgeries. That’s why the Canadians come here for operations. Thousands die while waiting for care.

    In Holland active euthanasia is practiced and many elderly are afraid to go to the hospital.

    Obama said a lot when that woman asked him during a debate about her 100 year old grandmother who needed a heart operation—he said “we can’t do that—she should take a pill.”

    What cyanide?

    Now you may say well she’s old let her die—precisely my point but also with the deficits, the proper example may be more like 60 and in need of the same operation…let them take pills as well.

    In a stroke of his pen he has theoretically added 30 million more patients to a system that is over-loaded now.

    Where are those doctors going to come from?

    India, Pakistan? Oh that would be great.

    How many thousands of doctors will flee the system when government makes it impossible to earn a good living?

    My father quit because of FDR in 1945!

    Obama is the most abortion-oriented president in history—we agree on that.

    My post argues that stick around and you will see that he will be the most euthanasia-oriented president in history.

    He surrounds himself with culture of death minions. I have written about several in the MR.

    He is our first “green president.” They see death as a solution to the carbon footprint problem. Jacques Cousteau and Ted Turner have argued that the earth can only support 750 million people.

    What about the other 5.5 billion inhabitants?

    The suppression of DDT was a good start. Millions of Africans die each year from malaria.

    So if you oppose Obama on abortion, why don’t you see that euthanasia is part of his game plan now? Why does anybody trust a thing he says or does?

    Have you not read Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals?”

    Are you not aware that he dedicated it to Lucifer, the world’s first radical.

    The end always justifies the means for these people.

    As for what’s in the final bill-abortion and euthanasia. To doubt that is to take a leave of absense from reality. BB

    Comment by bbprof — May 5, 2010 @ 7:33 pm

  11. Tom:

    One more point: Re-read my statement about the pamphlet, which you must have since you reproduced the choices. What makes you think they are not psychologically geared to “steer” veterans to find displeasure with their lives? That’s his background and his agenda—if it quacks like a duck…it is a duck.

    “The 51-page booklet, Your Life, Your Choices was written in 1997 by VA ethicist Robert Pearlman, a euthanasia advocate schooled in the George Soros Project on Death in America.”

    Comment by bbprof — May 5, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

    • Bill,

      I realize from this last post and surfing your blog you are stuck back in the 50’s. I grew up too with McCarthy and Mindzenty and TV show, I led three lives, who saw communists in every closet, scared the hell out of me.

      Even local school boards weren’t safe. A neighbor was going undercover to root out communists running our schools. Demons were everywhere and some like McCarthy and Mindzenty Foundation named them. I see now that you haven’t completely “exorcised” those demons . Fear seems a strong motivator for you. It comes out in your arguments.

      You seem to enjoy the gamesmanship and demean those who reply like calling them “Danny Boy.” Instead of being part of the problem of uncivility, why not lift people up and encourage them.

      Jesus said whatever you do to the least of my brethren you do to me. This includes the “Danny Boys” of this world.

      PS Please consider renaming your blog. It is neither the Gospel nor the truth but your opinion and as a contributor to the Mindzenty Report Newsletter a vehicle for spreading your journalism career to unsuspecting people who are interested in the Gospel and the truth. Perhaps naming your blog Bill’s Opinion or Mindzenty West would be a more accurate representation.

      Peace of Christ, the peace beyond all understanding be with you. Tom Block

      Comment by Tom Block — May 6, 2010 @ 6:33 pm

  12. Dear Tom:

    Given what Obama has done to us being stuck in the 50’s is a much desired circumstance. people were more honest and moral then. They knew the rules and were honest about things when caught doing somnething wrong. Now we live in the Clintonesque and the meaning of “is.”

    I think your comments imply that you are immersed intellectually in the dictatorship of relatively. All of my “opinions” are married to a harem of facts and I have yet to see or read you prove me incorrect. I argue logically to all my conclusions. Some of what I write about this current regime is indeed speculative because the man has hidden many things from public view. He is as transparent as a muddy river.

    Fear does movtivate me. When your own leaders are intent on burning down your house, you damned well better be afraid…only the oblivious, ignorant or the insane would do anything else.

    As for the Danny Boy comment, I honestly thought that he had included it as part of his e-mail address. Since I could not find it anywhere, I can only conclude that I was mistaken.

    However I think he would be offended by YOUR comment that he was the “least” of Jesus’ brethren. He is not as dumb as you make him out to be.

    And finally FYI I have never claimed to be a journalist—could have taken that as a slap since there is very little real journalism going on—maybe that’s what you meant. I am an historian and try to use the past to illuminate the present when I can.

    And I really don’t get your apparent antipathy for the Mindszenty Foundation. The late Cardinal was a great hero of the Church and lived the faith until some of the Vatican pulled his rug out from under him. I know its not the New Republic of the Journalism Review—such reputable organs of commentary but give us a break…

    Comment by bbprof — May 7, 2010 @ 4:53 pm


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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