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Health Care,Trust and the Legacy of Johnny Carson

March 25, 2010
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Several years ago my wife and I took a trip to Las Vegas.  Fortunately our money was the only thing we left in Vegas…mostly for food and inexpensive lodging.  I lost less than $2 on the slots.

One of the most memorable moments was attending the performance of Johnny Carson at Caesar’s Palace on the strip.  I remember one routine about after three days of non-stop Vegas living of walking, drinking, gambling etc, the said tourist was last seen sucking a yucca plant in the desert.

I wonder how many people remember that before the Tonight Show, Carson was the host of the grammatically-challenged TV show, Who Do You Trust?

I used to watch him…I think Ed McMahon was even with him then, after school once or twice a week.  He had the comedic knack even then.

We could use a reality show like that today.  What constitutes human trust and just what kind of people do they trust?

In the old America, people used to trust their priests as a first resort.  In the last decade the priesthood has taken some very hard shots across its bow.

Now we look to Washington for all our needs and desires.

I recently heard a dynamic priest describe idolatry as what people placed their trust in.

If his definition is accurate, that would mean that millions of Americans idolize their government when it is God they should be putting their faith in.

I think that means millions have made government their lord and provider.

Businessmen have been demonized in the press and by the White House with great frequency…dating back to at least Teddy Roosevelt with his trust-busting.

His cousin Franklin even outdid him twenty years later as he blamed the nation’s ills on the so-called malefactors of wealth.

I wont go into all the usual arguments about cost, debt and long-range subservience of another 1/6 of the economy to the federal government.

Most thinking Americans are aware of the potential for disaster to the country that this abomination of ObamaCare can wreak on the country.

As for abortion, though I think the euthanasia aspects of this health care fraud are far superior, let me say how disappointing but not totally surprising the last-minute defection of Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak was a great disappointment.

Kathleen Gilbert in an article for said she was baffled by Stupak vote last Sunday.  Not only did he put ObamaCare over the 216 top, he had the temerity to oppose a last-ditch effort to insert his own abortion-funding ban in the reconciliation “fix” package for the Senate health care bill.

Thanks to the cowardly Michigan lion, the House subsequently struck down Rep. Dave Camp’s (R-Mich.) attempt to pass Stupak’s language 232-199.

In a statement that must stand as one of the greatest falsehoods in legislative history, Stupak uttered that This motion does not promote life, but It is the Democrats who have stood up for the principle of no public funding for abortions.

Stupak alleges that Obama’s promise of an executive order ensures that the sanctity of life will be protected.

With a delicious sense of Biblical imagery, one pro-life leaders calls the executive order a transparent fig leaf.

Representative Stupak is either a liar both to himself and the country or seriously delusional.

He is akin to the battered football player who breaks down the sidelines and within five yards of the goal line punts the ball into the stands and signals a touchdown for his team.  That’s the real question, which team was he really playing for?

An Executive order can not “repeal” or supercede a law and like it or not, once President Obama affixed his John Hancock with 20 pens, I might add, the bill was law.

This only proves that the term pro-life Democrat is an oxymoron.  It proves that this party is still the party of the culture of death.

It is the devilish engine that drives its left-wing agenda and now it has targeted the nursing home in addition to the womb for its victims.  Like Stupak the Party has shown ist true color and they are the black and white of the Jolly Obama

Now that universal health care is close to being a full-fledged reality, I am seriously tempted to ask the question: Why do so many people seem to place their faith in their politicians?

I cannot understand why so many people, even in my Catholic Church, still trust our current president, given his propensity for mendacity with his broken campaign promises on transparency, taxation, and job creation?

Have they not seen the Peanuts cartoon?  I am talking about the one where Lucy Van Pelt offers to hold the football so Charlie Brown can kick the ball.

Without fail every time he lets her she pulls the ball back and he falls flat on his face.

Like a good liberal Lucy promises to help Charlie but the devil inside her can’t resist each and every time.

And like the poor sad sack he is he continues to believe that this time she is telling him the truth.

Have we become a nation of Charlie Browns?  Why are we so trusting of our politicians?

Why do so many people who despise businessmen and priests and maybe even the medical professor, fall down in the prone position in front of so many politicians who promise to take care of them and satisfy their needs?

Is it because we have gradually replaced our faith in God with a faith in man…a faith in those who will promise us the most for the least amount of effort?

Have we all fallen for the con, as illustrated in David Mamet’s absorbing movie A House of Games?

Are we now a nation of adolescents who accept the gratuitous pleasures of 24/7 sports programing, American Idol and all the Romanesque trivialities that distract us from the flames around us?

Is America not burning while President Obama fiddles around?

The New York Times has already let the proverbial cat out of the bag.  Writer David Leonhardt opined that The bill President Obama signed on Tuesday is the biggest attack on economic inequality since inequality began rising more than three decades ago.

In other words Obama is brings us back to the days of Jimmy Carter with one of the largest redistribution scams since FDR.

As for myself, I plan never to get sick in the future because I don’t want to need what I wont be able to get.  That sounds more like Yogi than Aristotle.

I am a historian, not a prophet.

But I will say the last hope for stopping this health care canard, if that is even possible, will land on the doorstep of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, the pivotal swing vote that might become the most important man in America in the next few years.  You can take that to the bank.

About author

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