This is a commentary written in response to an article published in Surgical Neurology International and penned by the retiring neurosurgeon Dr. Clinton Frederick Miller that was highly critical of American medicine. He opines that a major overhaul, or rather overturn, of the American health care is necessary to correct the myriad of alleged abuses he perceives in the system. In his quest for reform, Dr. Miller also made a pitch toward supporting ObamaCare as a stepping stone in the implementation of socialized medicine in the US.
My friend and colleague Dr. Russell L. Blaylock has already written an excellent rebuttal as far as moral and political implications in Dr. Miller’s treatise to the effect “While some of the observations in the article may be correct, the type of liberal/left proposals to solve the problems are harmful.” Dr. Miller argues several points that are misleading and tendentious. Thus, I agree with Dr. Blaylock’s statement. Moreover, when Dr. Miller blames the free market for the problems in the US medical care system, I would argue that the reality is quite the opposite. A two‑level cervical fusion may cost $11000, but if the free market...
I find it helpful to look back occasionally at our progress in the culture war waged by organized medicine against gun owners. The players change and language evolves, generally in an attempt to mask the gun-grabbers’ true intentions. But one force for gun control has remained constant. The American Medical Association (AMA) still wants to ban gun ownership by regular citizens, although it will still vigorously deny it, even as it moves toward its goal.
Even today, the public still views the AMA as a solidly conservative and unified professional association of America’s doctors in all 50 states. This perception is still strong years after the AMA morphed in the 1990s from that generally accurate description into an oligarchic, self-sustaining, entrenched management-operated liberal activist group. Coincident with that transformation has been a steady decline in membership. In the 1950s 75% of doctors were AMA members. As of 2011 membership had hemorrhaged to only about 15% of practicing doctors.
There’s every reason to suspect the dramatic shift in AMA’s mission can be traced to its becoming independently wealthy and no...
Sometimes politics becomes boring, even for a political junkie like me. Sometimes an election season exceeding a year is just too long, even for so crucial an election. Sometimes the mind wanders, seeking something more exciting though not more important. Sometimes we wonder whether important things are being hidden in plain sight.
Donald Trump as a Clinton double agent
Suppose you were a brilliant politician. Suppose you had a devious, even Machiavellian mind. Suppose you were seeking a second eight-year sojourn in the White House. Suppose you felt you were cheated out of it in 2008 by an upstart named Barack Obama. Suppose you didn’t intend to let that happen again. Suppose you had a golfing buddy named Donald Trump. Suppose your name was William Jefferson Clinton.
Is it beyond the realm of the possible that Bill contacted his friend Donald — in strict secrecy, of course? Is it inconceivable that he said something like this?
Don, here’s the deal. You run for the Republican nomination for president. You barge into their little clique of pre-approved candidates like a bowling ball into a neat array of pins. You call them names, you yell and shout,...
Have you had the experience of going to your doctor for a particular problem, let’s say headaches, and been surprised by the doctor asking you about a completely unrelated subject — whether you have a gun in your home?
It’s no accident that doctors’ or health plans’ questions about guns in your home have become routine. In the 1980s and 1990s medical professional organizations declared a culture war on gun ownership in America. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed an official policy (2012 version here) urging pediatricians to probe their young patients’ parents about guns in their homes.
Claiming only to be concerned about “gun safety”, the latest code term for gun control, the AAP pushed its member doctors to advise families to get rid of their guns. One of the authors of the original AAP anti-gun policy, Dr. Katherine Christoffel, was quoted in an AMA journal as saying “Guns are a virus that must be eradicated.”
The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) have also mounted aggressive and highly publicized campaigns against gun ownership and advised their member physicians to pressure their...
Much has been written and said about Donald Trump, and much more will be — probably too much. But let me add a few words that, I hope, will shed some light on the Trump phenomenon.
● On April 28, Trump spoke at a rally in Costa Mesa, a city in largely conservative Orange County, California. Large crowds of unruly demonstrators blocked streets in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent Trump supporters from entering the rally. Large numbers of law-enforcement officers, some mounted on horses, were well prepared, and prevented the demonstrators from getting out of control.
Nevertheless, police cars were damaged, motorists were pelted with debris, and at least one Trump supporter was bloodied — and felt grateful to escape with his life. (photo, right. Courtesy NBC)
When was the last time you saw a person in a Hillary, Bernie, or Cruz T-shirt beaten bloody? You never did? What does this say about the opponents of Trump?
● On April 29, Trump was scheduled to speak at a Republican Party function at the Hyatt Hotel in Burlingame, California, a liberal suburb of liberal San Francisco. Here is a young demonstrator (photo, below), expressing his family’s...
Anyone who is not a liberal at 20 years of age has no heart,
while anyone who is still a liberal at 40 has no head.
— Winston Churchill (1874-1965) quoted in
The Hartford Courant, a Connecticut newspaper.
Two recent surveys are quite alarming, but we should not be surprised that the mainstream media have promulgated them with undisguised jubilation. A Harvard University study found 51% of Americans, ages 18-29, “do not support capitalism,” only 42% support it. These finding dovetail results obtained by Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who found that 58% of Americans, ages 18-26, “believe socialism to be the ‘more compassionate’ political system,” while 29% further opined, “the root of America’s problem in one word is ‘greed.’ ”
To make the upcoming political landscape seemingly worse for conservatives, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Millennials (ages 18-34) have surpassed Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) as “the nation's largest living generation,” possibly soon becoming the largest voting bloc. The purported altruism and liberalism of the Millennials have, incidentally,...
As the presidential election process heats up we are hearing a lot about the importance of choosing the correct president and I would agree with that. Unfortunately, many conservatives are deceiving themselves in thinking that Trump or Ted Cruz can solve the problems that face America. The most common mantra among conservatives is that we must commit to an all out effort to stop Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders and that if we manage to elect a conservative president all will be well for America. It is true that radical leftists in these higher governmental positions can create mayhem throughout the country, mainly by the use of executive orders and treaty powers, but should it be the most important consideration for conservatives?
This thinking that higher offices are most important is wrong on many levels. First, some of the most grave problems in America lie not with the federal government, as important as that is—it is with government at all levels—state, county and city. A friend of mine who held a high position at Hillsdale College sent a most important book to me many years ago. A major player in the New Left hierarchy wrote the book, now somewhere lost among my...
Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery but taking the painkiller.
– President Barack Obama
Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges regulations to limit physician’s prescription of opiate pain medication.
– News report
States enact laws limiting opiate pain relievers in both dosage and length of use.
– News report
In discussing his health-care plan, President Obama declared that chronic pain medication is an alternative to surgery in elderly or infirm patients — or perhaps all patients. More recently, the director of the CDC declared that chronic opiate medication is addictive and will be severely curtailed.
But these pronouncements are mutually contradictory. In fact, they may be seen as a cruel confidence game — pressure people to forego surgery in exchange for pain medication, then confiscate the pain medication. Whether this is done by design or negligence, it is politically fraudulent and...
In the United States, we play baseball. In the United Kingdom, they play cricket. But everywhere, people play blame-the-victim. Anyone can play — no skill or knowledge is required. It’s easy to play — there are no rules.
Most of all, it’s satisfying. It makes us feel good about ourselves while doing absolutely nothing. It relieves us of responsibility to do anything for the victims, or even to feel sorry for them. It makes us feel superior to them without having to demonstrate superiority. It makes us feel safe without having to do anything to make us safe.
This generation was taught to respect animal life more than human life. When joggers are attacked by mountain lions, or when pet dogs and cats are carried off by coyotes, someone is sure to say, “They were here first.” In fact, the coyote’s range has increased markedly since humans arrived. In fact, in many places we were here before they were — for example, New York’s Central Park. In fact, single-celled organisms were here first. Everything and everyone else is an invader.
Some time ago, a colleague told me that she had driven her son to school...
The article, "The dog and pony show of year round electioneering and the mainstream media," as well as the discussion that followed on the lack of civility in the world and how we are being led by the secular humanists into lives of barbarity and crude behavior was excellent — true on every point and it provided much food for thought!
During the sixties the social media elite created the idea of the antihero, an unshaven drunkard, foul mouthed, irreligious, crude, violent and of course divorced. He lives in a unkempt room in a boarding house or rundown apartment and chain-smokes between eruptions of foul language and filthy one liners. His clothes are disheveled as is his hair, and he stumbles about the room in a vain effort to clear the alcoholic stupor from his addled brain. Then suddenly he becomes the standard bearer of a carefully chosen moral crusade that he pursues throughout the rest of the movie — which is shot by an idiot director who thinks filming by an equally drunk cameraman with a swaying, jerking camera, is a reflection of brilliant modern cinematography. This new thinking has taken over the film industry so that now our youth feel...