“The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice – their choice”
-Dwight D. Eisenhower
The week began with chatter about the need to provide health insurance to uninsured Americans. Few mentioned the 17 million people* who earn enough money to pay for health insurance but don’t. Many of those uninsured chose to buy a bigger car, house, TV, or vacation.
Many of these people are making an informed choice based on their age and health risks. If they get sick, they’ll have to pay the cost and might end up financially devastated. Others game the system, knowing that if they show up at the emergency room, they’ll be treated. This is not a crisis; it’s a lack of sound decision-making.
On Wednesday convicted felon Michael Vick announced that he’ll be paid $1.5 million to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. While he quarterbacked for the Atlanta Falcons, he ran a dog fighting enterprise. Dating hot chicks, driving fast cars & being the envy of most men is hardly enough, when there are innocent dogs to be killed, raped & maimed.
After filming a few public service announcements for the SPCA, Vick is a new man. Rehabilitated & ready to play while his victims live under court-ordered detention.
The British government has announced the impending release of the only man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie. Abdel al-Megrahi and his co-conspirators murdered the 201 passengers and crew on board the Boeing 747 in December 1988 but, thanks to Libya’s protection, he wasn’t convicted until 2001. al-Megrahi has incurable cancer and apparently has a few months to live. The British government believes letting al-Megrahi return to Libya in time for Ramadan is the compassionate thing to do.
Letting those passengers on Pan Am 103 tumble out of the sky to die alone & afraid shows how compassionate al-Megrahi is. And, let’s not forget that fact that he evaded capture for 13 years.
On Friday Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was released from prison after serving over 30 years for attempted to kill Gerald Ford. She was serving a “life” sentence and had previously walked out of prison.
Fromme has never expressed sorrow, and continues to admire and correspond with her guru, Charles Manson. Fromme didn’t even request parole; it was automatically granted after 30 years.
All of these stories were front-page news. Shouldn’t we save our energy, money & compassion for those who deserve it?
What about the diabetic who lost his job and can’t get insurance because of his pre-existing condition?
The student who’s working 2 jobs to pay her tuition?
Or the family next door that gave up a car to make the mortgage payment?
Why aren’t there ever any front-page stories about these people? They’re the people that make America strong.
Let’s stop rewarding poor decisions and start recognizing the good ones.
*If the government doesn’t have to admit that its “49 million insured” number is a flat-out guess, neither do I.