John Nolte: Life Shaming


“It’s people…”


Breitbart’s John Nolte had an enlighting and chilling post yesterday regarding the tag teaming former New York Times editor, Bill Keller and his wife, The Guardian’s Emma Keller, pulled on a woman battling Stage IV breast cancer. What was it about this woman that drew the condemnation of these “Judges?” Refusing to just die, apparantly:

On the pages of the Sunday Times Keller reveals a monstrous philosophy that in so many ways is revealing of the elite left as a whole — especially as it pertains to ObamaCare. In so many words, Keller just can’t bring himself to understand why Adams doesn’t give up her fight and die. In his mind, her death is inevitable and all she’s doing is spending a lot of money that could be better spent elsewhere:

In October 2012 I wrote about my father-in-law’s death from cancer in a British hospital. There, more routinely than in the United States, patients are offered the option of being unplugged from everything except pain killers and allowed to slip peacefully from life. His death seemed to me a humane and honorable alternative to the frantic medical trench warfare that often makes an expensive misery of death in America.

 Among doctors here, there is a growing appreciation of palliative care that favors the quality of the remaining life rather than endless “heroic measures” that may or may not prolong life but assure the final days are clamorous, tense and painful. (And they often leave survivors bankrupt.) What Britain and other countries know, and my country is learning, is that every cancer need not be Verdun, a war of attrition waged regardless of the cost or the casualties. It seemed to me, and still does, that there is something enviable about going gently. One intriguing lung cancer study even suggests that patients given early palliative care instead of the most aggressive chemotherapy not only have a better quality of life, they actually live a bit longer.


The Kellers are engaging in life-shaming, which like fat-shaming, is an excuse to tell someone else what to do while couching it in a “greater good” argument. To hell with personal freedom, let’s force people to be healthy because obesity costs our beloved State money.  And now this brave woman, who is understandably desperate to see her children grow up, and who believes sharing her story will help others, is being life-shamed on the pages of the Guardian and New York Times because the Kellers are made uncomfortable by the idea of someone making the personal choice to stay alive for every possible day and minute she can.

Read entire post here

When Gov. Palin coined the phrase, “Death Panels,” five years ago, of the many responses batted around, the “cute one” was that since Obamacare didn’t literally have that phrase listed in it, ergo, there is no such thing as a death panel. Right, but you get to a point that when something quacks like a duck, walks like a duck…guess what? We’re now at the point where there’s not denial, but outright nudging of folks no longer deemed “useful” or “productive,” who should just “go gently into the night” and quit being a drain on the finances of society.

Which is pretty darn funny, in a morbid way, when you consider it’s the only time you’ll hear acolytes of the Church of Big Government bemoan wasteful spending.


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