Why "free" healthcare is a stupid idea.
The British government on Wednesday released a report on conditions at Stafford Hospital in Staffordshire over a 50-month period from 2005, and found at least 400 to 1,200 patients died due to improper treatment. Certain patients [were] left lying in their own urine and excrement while others were so thirsty that they drank water from vases. How such things happened in a developed country of the 21st century is simply unbelievable. In 2004, a 40-something nurse in the U.K. injected an anesthetic into an elderly patient who was unlikely to revive and [let] the patient die after disconnecting the respirator. The nurse said she wanted to free up beds as soon as possible, but was charged with manslaughter.
Dr. V on the "need for a conversation" about gun control.
Liberals have been calling for a 'conversation' about gun control. The call is both silly and disingenuous. Silly, because it is not as if we haven't been talking about this for decades. So suddenly we need to have a 'conversation'? Disingenuous, because what liberals mean by a conversation is more like: you shut up and listen and acquiesce in our point of view or we'll shout you down!
But suppose, contrary to fact, that our leftist pals were serious about a conversation, no scare quotes. Then we would have to discuss not only gun control for citizens, but for government as well. Fair is fair.
There are foolish and irresponsible and criminal individuals among the citzenry and they shouldn't have guns. But it is equally true that there are foolish and irresponsible and criminal people in government and they shouldn't gave guns either.
Besides, quis custodiet custodies? Who governs the government? If we can't govern ourselves, but need government to govern us, then the government, which is composed of the same "crooked timber of humanity" (Kant) as we are, needs some entity to keep it in line. That 'entity' is us, the armed citizenry.