The left wing blog, DailyKos, has a new post called “Idiot Nation.” It’s a rant about a comment that Sara Palin made:

“The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.”

The article is juvenile vitriol in response to the perceived idiocy of a nation that would believe such hyperbole without checking. Quite the contrary however. The idiocy of the left is laid bare by the simple fact that the vitriol doesn’t even reference the SOURCE of the concerns expressed by conservatives like Palin.

Thirty seconds of digging will allow you to find the Administration’s advisor’s adherence to various Utilitarian health care ethics. For example, the “complete lives system” (Orwellian doublespeak alert!) where health care will be apportioned based on a judgment (ostensibly by the future gatekeepers of health care resources) of the individual’s perceived potential contribution to society. For example:

White House Health Care Policy Advisor, and brother of Rahm Emanuel, Dr. Ezekiel J Emanuel in a paper entitled “Principles for allocation of scarce medical interventions” he co-published WAY back in January of 2009 wrote:

Consideration of the importance of complete lives also supports modifying the youngest-first principle by prioritising adolescents and young adults over infants (figure). Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not yet received these investments. Similarly, adolescence brings with it a developed personality capable of forming and valuing long-term plans whose fulfilment requires a complete life.


The complete lives system also considers prognosis, since its aim is to achieve complete lives. A young person with a poor prognosis has had few life-years but lacks the potential to live a complete life.

What kind of a “complete-life” potential does a Down’s Syndrome child have? Who is going to make the determination as to who gets these scare medical resources according to this (or any other) principle? From the perspective of the parents who love their Down”s Syndrome child would “Death Panel” appropriately capture that sense? Is this or is it not accurately described as being “based on a subjective judgment of their ‘level of productivity in society’?”

I agree we are becoming a nation of idiots – the best example being the DailyKos writers and commenters.