This Will Kill Us

More is at stake than just the economy in this presidential election season. In fact, the manufactured economic woes of our country are in some ways a smokescreen to keep our minds off the weightier moral issues that are not being talked about to any significant degree or in any depth. There real issues upon which our future as a nation depends are the life issues! To that effect, euthanasia, euphemistically called “physician-assisted suicide,” is on the ballot in Washington State, and if we don’t support those who are valiantly fighting this pernicious movement, this new virus of the culture of death could kill us all.

Actually this is not an entirely new front in the culture wars: Oregon blazed the euthanasia trail in 1997 when their physician-assisted suicide law went into effect. Now, the Washington State Initiative 1000 (I-1000) is almost a carbon copy of the Oregon law and just as deadly. I would invite all our Spirit and Life® readers to support with prayer and donations the group called the “Washington Coalition Against Assisted Suicide” in their efforts to stop I-1000. (See sidebar for more information on how to help.)

Here are just a few of the salient facts about euthanasia for your consideration:

Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia flow from seriously flawed notions of human dignity:

  • The euthanasia worldview is based on the “Quality of Life” ethic (where the value of life is dependent upon lifestyle considerations) as opposed to the “Sanctity of Life” ethic (where life is valued in itself).
  • This worldview says that sickness and suffering are meaningless even though we have better medical technology and palliative (pain-control) care than ever before in the history of humanity; it doesn’t acknowledge that human suffering always creates opportunities for generosity, heroism and even sanctification.
  • Decisions to euthanize people are based primarily on utilitarian concerns rather than on human decency despite all the lip service to “compassion” and “mercy” that are used to promote it; talk of healthcare rationing is simply preparing the way for a great killing spree for the sick and elderly.

The connection between abortion and euthanasia is chilling:

  • Euthanasia advocates distort language to make killing seem like a virtue: words like “autonomy” and “self-determination” mimic the “freedom of choice” rhetoric of abortion; in fact, the main euthanasia advocacy group in Washington State is actually called “Compassion and Choices.”
  • Medical professionals are transformed from healers into killers – suicide-assisting doctors essentially become the new abortionists of the sick and elderly.
  • Requirements for safeguards, reporting, informed consent, etc. are talked about with such seriousness when they are trying to get laws passed and then are ignored when the laws go into effect; and there is never any real enforcement of the laws once they are on the books.
  • The moral slippery slope gets steeper when you legalize killing; “death with dignity” and the “right to die” soon become the “duty to die” just as “a woman’s right to choose” usually drives away any other options but abortion.

The true irony is that the baby-boomers will double the number of elderly by the year 2020, and they are the likely candidates for euthanasia. The generation that gave us abortion on demand is now in the crosshairs of a selfish generation of pagan activists who were spawned by “choice.” We have a chance in both national and local elections to proclaim that we are a people of life in this election. Let us make sure our voices are heard!

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  • elkabrikir

    Thank you, yet again father for helping us for bring death to life for us so we can act to protect human dignity.

    But, the economic woes aren’t manufactured at all. In fact, economic issues will, in the end, drive people to force others “over the finish line” prematurely just like you said. Folks will have a “duty” to die just like they have a “duty” to bring only “wanted” children into the world.

    P.D. James wrote a novel, Children of Men, that address a society with a rapidly aging population (which occurred as a result of males becoming infertile for some reason…..study human male infertility rates from pharmaceutical hormones in the water supply. Scary! Not to mention voluntary sterilization rates.) The economy deteriorates, infrastructure fails, and the government institutes lavish ceremony and ritual when forcefully euthanizing the sick and elderly…(Opps! The Old Folks all wanted to be thrown off the boat with a weight around their waists.) This is a great read and nothing like the lukewarm, lousy movie.

    Yes, let’s keep fighting. However, I fear that the fight is the victory in this Culture of Death for some time to come. We are called to be faithful.

  • CherylDickow

    Father,

    Thank you for this article that ought to send chills down the spine of each and every reader. I know that when my own grandfather died earlier this year, the last months of his life, which would have been deemed “useless” and most certainly “without quality” were months in which friends and family were able to become pure love to him and to one another.

    There is no doubt in my mind that if the terrible culture of death continues, every person in just my grandfather’s situation would be encouraged to “die with dignity” or, more sickening, “expected to die.” But these months in which I was able to minister to him in small but profound ways will stay with me forever and I am thankful that both my grandfather and I were able to share this deeply personal experience.

    Now we can only hope that our fasting and prayers make a difference in election this year and that we see our ways clear as Catholics and understand the teachings of the one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church.

    “Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son.” 2 John 9

  • Warren Jewell

    No chills, here – but, the spinal steel gets thicker and firmer.

    I do fear that the election of a certain party to both main balance trays of governance, executive and legislative, with grasp on the third branch, will mark a nearly final turn into decadence for America. Whether from Christ and His Spirit, or His Church and our God-glorifying Pope Benedict XVI, or Augustine and Aquinas, or, say, Mark Steyn or Thomas Sowell, we are not learning, and we are not praying, fasting, sacrificing, etc. Yet, even the warrior preparing can prepare in his prayers and his fasts, his sacrifices in defense compiled, multiplied and readied.

    I have long – over twenty years long – anticipated that Soc.Sec will be ‘saved’ financially by killing discriminately. The ‘death with dignity’ was written large in the Hemlock Society likes when baby killing was made legal and then even sacrosanct, to blaspheme that word. Those who cost Medicare the most will be the first to go, but that discrimination will be furthered by budgetary considerations about ‘bridges going nowhere’, ‘community organizing’, ‘planned baby-killing and rape hiding’, ‘global initiatives’, ‘environmental causes’, various First-Amendment-violating re-amendments, bailouts on bailouts, etc., etc., ad nauseam (should I live to get nauseous).

    I know that at my back is really only – “ONLY”? – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The human arm of the American Church is too compromised, assimilated and divided to recover in time to stop the culture of death’s hold. Yet – some of us view being Church militant in quite militant light.

    I suggest that upon retirement every senior-golden-age-target afford and conform himself with his Second Amendment rights and be ready to at least exact enough defense of himself to remove some of the offensive Soc.Sec Gestapo along with himself. Helmet and gas mask may not be optional. Perhaps, of those ‘dying in duty, for duty’ the score will have to show that the Martyred ranked some tens of thousands gone, but some hundreds of thousands of alleged ‘officials’ went down taking them. [In Wash.D.C. eyes, dual savings! Soc.Sec outgo PLUS bureaucratic salaries!] Tongue-in-cheek, perhaps, but all that unlikely? Do consider: one’s own handicap parking placard may mark him for ‘dispatch’ – termination with extreme prejudice.

    Yes, yes, ‘the other cheek’ – as if most decent folk haven’t been spiritually, culturally, socially, financially – maritally, familially (et cetera, et ad nauseam, again) slapped upside the head, both cheeks, mocked and marginalized, a number of times. I agree that violence begets violence, and am rather a pacific soul all things considered; EveryGrandpa, you see. But, I did not start the war and the violence, I only seek a way(s) that with prayer and sacrifice and all, the violence can be ended, with every means possible. God does not seem to have objected to the Second Amendment means, even as it is but bitterly reluctant (and mainly defensive) last-resort.

    Remember, in this country alone the war against us has already claimed 50 million casualties in dead innocence alone. How many zealous converts, superb priests and bishops, first-class Sisters, leaders in statesmanship, ‘salt-of-the-earth’ laypeople, etc., potentially militantly prayerful and militantly ready for exegetical apologetics and defense, have been eliminated, already?

  • Bruce Roeder

    Sadly, I fully expect most of us under the age of fifty will die by being euthanized, probably without our consent or knowledge.

  • marcey

    Bruce,

    I think that what you say is fairly accurate because people don’t get the whole “slippery slope” thing that Father talks about in this article. Obama has been well versed in what he says, how he says it, and how to manipulate people’s views and perceptions. So, when he uses mesmerizing words and phrases like “universal health care” or any of his clever derivatives, we who want those good and noble things don’t hear “socialized medicine where life beginning and ending is a government decision.”

    This article is right on and we can only hope that people begin making the connections!

  • elkabrikir

    Marcey,
    I copied your “timeline” from yesterday into an email to my child’s 7th grade social studies teacher along with terse, pointed verbage of my own. This teacher had been propagandizing the students with pro Obama crud blah! Blah!

    Thanks for your hard work that went into organizing the timeline.

    My first line from the above post should’ve read,
    “Thank you, yet again father, for bringing death to life for us so we can act to protect human dignity.” (My faux pas for not proofreading….blessings to you all.)

  • bwnasca

    Warren,
    How about “Pray softly but carry a big 9mm. Baretta.” Just kidding, of course.
    But I feel your anger and frustration, too.

  • Ann

    Bruce,

    I also fear the same – the older I get, the more I fear it, and I’m only in my early 40′s!

    The culture of death is attacking us from both ends of the age spectrum…how much further must our society descend before a revolution starts…

    Peace and blessings to all,
    Ann

  • Grace Harman

    On our way to our prayer time at the abortion clinic, we 4 were also talking about some sort of revolt against the “revolting” future if Obama gets in. The early Christians had to hide in caves and catacombs – and we may come to it too.
    Our rights, our conciences, and our religious freedoms are already under attack from “gay marriage” laws and demands on doctors and pharmicists to assist in killings of pre-borns and now the “aged”. Just as abortion is claimed to be a “private” issue, so is the killing of people in nursing homes or hospitals (for organ “donation”) etc. Is there any state here, or country in the world where life and belief in God are still truly honored and protected?? Or is it up to us to make one as the early settlers of this “new world” did in our colonial days?

  • DonHudzinski

    Do not leave out thr gas chamber of old, this is a Nazi party, who will want to eliminate those who do believe…

  • http://cradlerocker624.blogspot.com/ madhattertea

    If Obama win, we will have Democrats majority in all the senate, and the congress, and the Whitehouse.

    It’s scary.
    But we have to keep our eyes on the Lord starting now with fasting and praying.
    Perhaps, with enough prayer, we could stop such a socialist victory.

    But If we in America are given the opportunity for true martyrdom in the new Roman stadium, we should not be afraid, but resigned to the cross with a full heart, knowing that this was a long time in coming. You can not have 40 plus million abortions plus the countless hundreds that are now being urged to their death in euthanasia around the country, not to mention the forced indoctrination of innocent children to the homosexual lifestyle(Massachusetts,California, New York) and not expect the Lord to allow the natural consequences to follow. The evil will get more evil and will tolerate Christians less and less.

    “For if they do these things when the tree is green,
    what will happen when it is dry?” Luke 23:31

    Madeline

  • http://cradlerocker624.blogspot.com/ madhattertea

    The early Christians had to hide in caves and catacombs – and we may come to it too.]]

    With technology the way it is, there will be no where to hide.

    Madeline

  • Warren Jewell

    Marcey – elkabrikir – where is this timeline?

    In our concerns, we are reminded of the powerful value of family and close community – those who can help work to keep us out of ‘old-folks-warehoused’ facilities and even hospitals, where those of us most vulnerable can easily be ‘run down and terminated’.

    How tragically odd and awesomely sad it is to be talking together about this. I look at blood-sugar readings across my day, and realize that my very meter (335 possible stored readings) can betray me. ‘Oh, too far gone (as in, ‘expensive’) – take him away.’

    ‘Talk clearly, walk as you talk, and, yes, be ready to defend the hope you have in your life, faith and God.’ Carrying a 9mm sidearm is not as (eternally) effective as making the Sign of the Cross. I even modified my Sign to mark me. I say it thus:

    “Be so kind, my Lord, as to remind me always of Your Presence in my life.
    I
    (beating my chest), thrice loved, thrice blessed –
    + In the Name of the Father,
    + and of the Son,
    + and of the Holy Spirit.
    Amen.”

    They might miss indubitably noticing the one mark of my Sign – they cannot miss the Trinity of marks to the Sign. If that is taken someday as rebellious defiance, let them ‘then make of the most of it’ – as I will already have done so.

  • marcey

    Warren,

    Here is the timeline.

    1977: Pres. Jimmy Carter signs the Community Reinvestment Act into Law. The law pressured financial institutions to extend home loans to those who would otherwise not qualify. The Premise: Home ownership would improve poor and crime-ridden communities and neighborhoods in terms of crime, investment, jobs, etc.

    Results: Statistics bear out that it did not help.

    1992: Republican representative Jim Leach (IO) warned of the danger that Fannie and Freddie were changing from being agencies of the public at large to money machines for the principals and the stockholding few.

    1993: Clinton extensively rewrote Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s rules turning the quasi-private mortgage-funding firms into semi-nationalized monopolies dispensing cash and loans to large Democratic voting blocks and handing favors, jobs and contributions to
    Political allies. This potent mix led inevitably to corruption and now the collapse of Freddie and Fannie.

    1994: Despite warnings, Clinton unveiled his National Home-Ownership Strategy which broadened the CRA in ways congress never intended.

    1995: Congress, about to change from a Democrat majority to Republican, Clinton orders Robert Rubin’s Treasury Dept to rewrite the rules. Robt. Rubin’s Treasury reworked rules, forcing banks to satisfy quotas for sub-prime and minority loans to get a satisfactory CRA rating. The rating was key to expansion or mergers for banks. Loans began to be made on the basis of race and little else.

    1997 – 1999: Clinton, bypassing Republicans, enlisted Andrew Cuomo, then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, allowing Freddie and Fannie to get into the sub-prime market in a BIG way. Led by Rep. Barney Frank and Sen. Chris Dodd, congress doubled down on the risk by easing capital limits and allowing them to hold just 2.5% of capital to back their investments vs. 10% for banks. Since they could borrow at lower rates than banks their enterprises boomed.

    With incentives in place, banks poured billions in loans into poor communities, often “no doc”, “no income”, requiring no money down and no verification of income. Worse still was the cronyism: Fannie and Freddie became home to out-of work-politicians, mostly Clinton Democrats. 384 politicians got big campaign donations from Fannie and Freddie. Over $200 million had been spent on lobbying and political activities. During
    The 1990′s Fannie and Freddie enjoyed a subsidy of as much as $182 Billion, most of it going to principals and shareholders, not poor borrowers as claimed.

    Did it work? Minorities made up 49% of the 12.5 million New homeowners but many of those loans have gone bad and the minority homeownership rates are shrinking fast.

    1999: New Treasury Secretary, Lawrence Summers, became alarmed at Fannie and Freddie’s excesses. Congress held hearings the ensuing year but nothing was done because Fannie and Freddie had donated millions to key congressmen and radical groups, ensuring no meaningful changes would take place. “We manage our political risk with the same intensity that we manage our credit and interest rate risks,” Fannie CEO Franklin Raines, a former Clinton official and current Barack Obama advisor, bragged to
    investors in 1999.

    2000: Secretary Summers sent Undersecretary Gary Gensler to Congress seeking an end to the “special status”. Democrats raised a ruckus as did Fannie and Freddie, headed by politically connected CEO’s who knew how to reward and punish. “We think that the statements evidence a contempt for the nation’s housing and mortgage markets” Freddie spokesperson Sharon McHale said. It was the last chance during the Clinton era for
    reform.

    2001: Republicans try repeatedly to bring fiscal sanity to Fannie and Freddie but Democrats blocked any attempt at reform; especially Rep. Barney Frank and Sen.Chris Dodd who now run key banking committees and were huge beneficiaries of campaign contributions from the mortgage giants.

    2003: Bush proposes what the NY Times called “the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago”. Even after discovering a scheme by Fannie and Freddie to overstate earnings by $10.6 billion to boost their bonuses, the Democrats killed reform.

    2005: Then Fed chairman Alan Greenspan warns Congress: “We are placing the total financial system at substantial risk”. Sen. McCain, with two others, sponsored a Fannie/Freddie reform bill and said, “If congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system and the economy as a whole”. Sen. Harry Reid accused the GOP; of trying to “cripple the ability of Fannie and Freddie to carry out their mission of expanding homeownership” The bill went nowhere.

    2007: By now Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee over HALF of the $12 trillion US mortgage market. The mortgage giants, whose executive suites were top-heavy with former Democratic officials, had been working with Wall St. to repackage the bad loans and sell them to investors. As the housing market fell in ’07, subprime mortgage portfolios suffered major losses. The crisis was on, though it was 15 years in the making.

    2008: McCain has repeatedly called for reforming the behemoths, Bush urged reform 17 times. Still the media have repeated Democrats’ talking points about this being a “Republican” disaster. A few Republicans are complicit but Fannie and Freddie were created by Democrats, regulated by Democrats, largely run by Democrats and protected by Democrats. That’s why taxpayers are now being asked for $700 billion!!

  • marcey

    This was posted by Mary to someone’s response to the timeline and I hope it is okay that I copied and pasted it. I think I got the whole thing:

    No, SharG it was the Democrats who through policy and regulation forced banks to take on these high risk loans. They prefer regulation to law because regulations don’t have to go through the legislature. I mean it has oversight from a congressional committee, but it doesn’t go through the entire bill-to-law process that exposes it to public debate the way laws do.

    Here is the logic. The logic was that access to credit would help cure poverty. If less-qualified borrowers could get loans, home ownership among minorities would increase. In fact they promised in campaigns that making more credt available to minority businesses and lower-income people would be something they would do. So that was the policy-setting.

    The regulatory part was by the feds setting quotas for how many high-risk loans every bank had to provide. Banks that didnt play along were fined, or their merger/aquisition plans would not be approved.

    Barack Obama worked for law firm that sued banks for no providing loans to high-rish borrowers.

    The Democrats set up Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae to secure the bad paper they were forcing the banks to create.

    A few years ago the Republicans tried to warn about this — including McCain — and they wanted to pass laws to rein it in, but the Dems controlled congress so they couldn’t. And of course every time they tried to do so, they were accused of being against the poor.

    The problem is the everyone forgot the proverb: The borrower is a slave to the lender.

    The CC problem is beyond comprehension. I cannot imagine people having 30, 40k or more in CC debt. Greed, weakness, I don’t know — it sounds like insanity to me. How do they ever sleep? I think I would die of sheer nervousness if I had to live with that.

  • elkabrikir

    Out of the mouths of babes:

    While discussing abortion and then praying the rosary in the car for ending abortion, I broke into the rosary to give a further explanation about something.

    My 8 year old son said simply but purposefully, “Enough talking, let’s get back to praying.”

    Thanks to all for the reminders that prayer, fasting, and the witness of a Christian life are the only lasting weapons to conquer Evil.

    Warren, I know you live the Passion throughout your day. Persevere to the end….Are you Pristinius Sapier?

    Oh! And we like to make The Sign of the Cross with our first three fingers together. The Orthodox do that to further emphasize the Trinity.

  • Warren Jewell

    Babes – so much closer to the Spirit – tell your 8-y-o to embrace the Spirit in prayer and Bible reading every day, and the Spiirt will pal up with his guardian angel in ways none of us can imagine.

    Of prior published stuff, like the timeline, please give reference (biblio-style) info. It credits the source.

    I am at times wljewell, Warren Jewell and Pristinus Sapienter.

    And, of the whole Fannie-Freddie fiasco, at any time GWB could have vetoed bills to get Democratic attention to lots of fiascoes. Both parties are fully culpable, here.

    Plus, Neil Cavuto of Fox Business warned that one bailout will never be enough, that everybody else will act to get on the new socialistic gravy train. Notice the Dow bottoming out? One more set of GIM-ME crowd looking to get ‘bailed out’. Just like in the ’30s New Deal, no one will do anything of their own strength and volition without looking to get governmental socialistic largesse.

  • trainwife1962

    When Father says “manufactured economic woes”, I don’t think he means that the consequences aren’t real, after all, the stock market is falling, and people are losing money. What he means is, unlike the Great Depression, which happened because of actual economic downturns, this “depression” was helped to occur by the deliberate recklessness of certain politicians and financial institutions.

    Also, GWB tried several times to get Fannie/Fannie regulated, and the Democratic Party refused.

    Instead of leveling the playing fields and just saying everybody is to blame in some way, we have to put blame where it belongs. When we go to confession, does the priest tell us that the church is just as culpable for our sins? Hardly.

    We didn’t win the Cold War by saying that in our own way we were just as bad as the Soviet Union. We won it because Ronald Regan, Margaret Thatcher, and His Holiness John Paul II recognized that the Soviet Union was an Evil Empire, and treated it as one.

    We need to stop indifferently assigning blame, and start fighting evil. We are Davids, and it’s time to take down Goliath.

  • Mary Kochan
  • fw1952

    Father Eteneuer is a great priest. He has often spoken of the immorality generated by artificial contraception. We have become a selfish society where we want what we want when we want it. Sex has become a “right” for the married and the unmarried. And if sex is primarily for pleasure and not procreation, then it naturally follows that homosexual sex in which partners seek pleasure without the possibility of procreation is ok.

    Abortion has become just another form of contraception as the US Supreme Court designated it in a decision is the 80′s. They ruled that legal abortion is necessary if contraception fails. In other words, we have a right to eliminate a child who will infringe on our lives!

    Why would it not follow that those who will take a larger bite out of the “health care” apple at the end of their lives not be euthanized. Afterall, if they infringe on our ability to enjoy all the material goods we desire, then, just like abortion which eliminates an “inconvenience”, we should have the right to “eliminate” the infirmed, or the handicapped, or the “less than perfect”.

    McCain is far from perfect, but while he is pro-life with a few exceptions, Obama is pro-abortion with NO exceptions.

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