American Elephants


Relax and Put Your Feet Up. Here’s Some Good Reading Material. by The Elephant's Child
August 9, 2009, 6:42 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , ,

Do you have time for a little rewarding reading on a Sunday, your ‘day of rest’?  If so, I highly recommend an essay by Theodore Dalrymple (pen name of Anthony Daniels, a British physician), titled “Man vs. Mutt” from the Wall Street Journal.

In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to compare the human and veterinary health services of Great Britain, and on the whole it is better to be a dog.

As a British dog, you get to choose (through an intermediary, I admit) your veterinarian.  If you don’t like him, you can pick up your leash and go elsewhere, that very day if necessary.  Any vet will see you straight away, there is no delay in such investigations as you may need, and treatment is immediate.  There are no waiting lists for dogs, no operations postponed because something more important has come up, no appalling stories of dogs being made to wait for years because other dogs — or hamsters — come first.

The conditions in which you receive your treatment are much more pleasant than British humans have to endure.  For one thing, there is no bureaucracy to be negotiated with the skill of a white-water canoeist; avove all, the atmoshpere is different.  There is no tension, no feeling that one more patient will bring the whole system to the point of collapse, adnd all the staff go off with nervous breakdowns.  In the waiting rooms, a perfect calm reigns; the patients’ relatives are not on the verge of hysteria, and do not suspect that the system is cheating their loved one, for economic reasons, of the treatment which he needs.  The relatives are united by their concern for the welfare of each other’s love one.  They are not terrified that someone is getting more out of the system than they.

Read the whole delightful essay here.

Another essay by Missouri farmer Blake Hurst, in The American, also caught my eye.  It is titled “The Omnivore’s Delusion: Against the Agri-intellectuals.”

I’m dozing, as I often do on airplanes, but the guy behind me has been broadcasting nonstop for nearly three hours.  I finally admit defeat and start some serious eavesdropping.  He’s talking about food, damning farming, particularly livestock farming, compensating for his lack of knowledge with volume.

I’m so tired of people who wouldn’t visit a doctor who used a stethoscope instead of an MRI demanding that farmers like me use 1930s technology to raise food.  Farming has always been messy and painful, and bloody and dirty.  It still is.

But now we have to listen to self-appointed experts on airplanes frightening their seatmates about the profession I have practiced for more than 30 years.  I’d  had enough.  I turned around and politely told the lecturer that he ought not believe everything he reads.  He quieted and asked me what kind of farming I do.  I told him, and when he asked if I used organic farming, I said no, and left it at that.  I didn’t answer with the first thought that came to mind, which is simply this; I deal in the real world, not superstitions, and unless the consumer absolutely forces my hand, I am about as likely to adopt organic methods as the Wall Street Journal is to publish their next edition by setting the type by hand.

If you shop at Whole Foods, look for the “organic” label on everything you buy, you need to read this.  If you would just like to know a little more about real farmers, you will enjoy this piece.

I am very fond of  the essays of Blake Hurst and Theodore Dalrymple. I’ve been reading their work for years, and saving their writings.  I recommend these pieces heartily.



Yes, Obama is LYING About Health Care! by American Elephant
August 9, 2009, 4:47 am
Filed under: Freedom, Health Care, Liberalism, Politics, Progressivism | Tags: ,

[Updated  to include links]

Obama says Republicans are lying, Republicans say Obama is lying. Who is telling the truth?

Fortunately, we have proof that Obama is the one lying. (both in edited and UNedited form. He says the same thing in both) We have video of Obama, Barney Frank, and many other Democrats saying exactly what they claim they never said — that their plan is to pass a bill that will sabotage the private health care industry and lead to socialized “single payer” health care

They don’t give a damn about lowering costs — the CBO says Obama’s plan will RAISE costs. They don’t give a damn about your health — they are more than happy to have you wait in pain for months for treatment as Canadians and the British do. They wont be on the plan they are passing for you! They want the power! They know that if they control your health care, they control you. They think socialized health care is the secret to permanent Democrat majorities.  And that is what it has always been about with “progressives.”

Have you called your representatives and senators? Have you emailed them? Have you called and emailed them today?

Is your representative having a town hall? Go. (I went to see mine at a Republican picnic yesterday) Make your voice heard! ESPECIALLY if your representatives are Democrats! The left most certainly is!

Don’t think that just because you called once, you can’t call again, or email again. Keep the pressure on! We can win this! The majority of Americans don’t want it. But Democrats (and squishy Republicans in the Senate) need to understand that their jobs are in danger, and they can only understand that if we make it loud and clear  — persistently!

And get your friends and family to call and write.

If we lose this freedom, it will permanently change the relationship between government and citizen. We will be subjects. Gone will be rugged individualism. Everyone in the country will be a ward of the State. We will be child-citizens, dependent on government from cradle to grave. When government pays the bills, government has a say in everything you do to your body, everything you put in or on your body. Every behavior you engage in. What and where and how much you eat, drink, sleep, exercize. ALL will be subject to regulation to control the cost of the heath care the goverment gives you.

Which pills you may have, which pills are too expensive. Which tests you may have, which tests are too expensive. When you can have treatment that will prolong your life, and when treatment is not cost-effective. Like Obama said, sometimes you really shouldn’t get that pacemaker, you should just take the pain pill.

Government will decide all of this FOR you.

Liberals are happy to give up these essential liberties in exchange for a little temporary, illusory, freedom.

As Ben Franklin said, they deserve neither.

We must all get active in the fight to stop them from taking those freedoms from us!




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