You got some splainin' to do, Mittie

I haven’t commented on the Haleigh Poutre case, the tragic case of the 11 year old child abuse victim that the state of Massachusetts fought to remove from life support only to have her start breathing on her own. I don’t know all the intricate details of the case, but here are a few key points.

  • It’s a horrible tragedy. No matter what else we can say and whether she lives or dies, the whole situation is horribly tragic.
  • This wasn’t a case of a neutral judge intervening in a family dispute, even aggressively so. This was the state on its own initiative, specifically the Department of Social Services, seeking a court order to end this young girl’s life. This isn’t slippery slope stuff, this is the abyss at the bottom that the Hemlock Society promised we’d never reach.
  • There’s been no mention whatsoever of Haleigh’s wishes. I understand that she’s 11. I also know enough 11 year olds to know that they do have opinions and that in a matter like this youth shouldn’t disqualify her opinion. The right to life may not be enforceable against a mother from conception, but it certainly ought to be enforceable against the state before age 18.
  • Governor’s direct executive policy in most states; executive branch officials are answerable to the Governor. Perhaps Massachusetts has some odd system where this isn’t the case, but if so then a good Governor would be shouting from the rooftops about the broken system. So far as I’ve heard, no one at DSS has been fired for seeking this court order.
  • When all else fails, Chief Executives impound funds to stop things from happening. Without a budget to go to court, DSS could not have gone to court. So far as I’ve heard, the DSS budget is intact.
  • The Governor of Massachusetts is supposedly conservative Presidential wannabe Mitt Romney.

So far everything I’ve read or heard about Mitt Romney has been positive, but this doesn’t seem like the kind of leadership I’d expect from a chief executive who understands that governments exist to protect life, liberty and property. He has appointed a panel to probe the case, but apparently its focus is on how Haleigh ended up injured so severely in the first place and any question as to the DSS euthanasia agenda isn’t even on the table.

(Comments are open but moderated. If anyone has some insight that I’m not getting from news reports, please leave a comment.)

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The Lesser of Two Evils

EclectEcon had some comment a few days ago about anti-semitism as the early warning system for evil, “the canary in the mine.” Based on that, the Palestinian people, whether antisemitic themselves or not, were stuck with a choice between two evils. Efraim Karsh at The New Republic thinks they chose the lesser of two…

In these circumstances, where the real choice is between a plain-speaking extremist organization advocating the destruction of a neighboring state and a corrupt and repressive regime couching its intentions in hollow peace rhetoric whenever addressing non-Arab audiences, Hamas may prove the lesser of two evils. By leaving no doubt about its true nature and raising no false expectations of imminent peace and democracy, it helps expose the deep malaise of the Palestinian political system and the attendant need for its fundamental overhaul.

Hamas does Israel a favor

The Hamas victory certainly makes it tougher to sweep terrorism under the rug, when Hamas refuses to play the two-faced game of the terrorist thugs like Fatah’s Abu Mazen, for whom politics is merely a continuation of war by other means. It will be much harder to insist that a group so devoted to “armed struggle” has renounced terrorism unless they put their money where their mouth is.

Certainly with Hamas in power, the “Road Map” and other naive plans to force Israel to trade an acre of land for a pound of illusory security, pretty soon having neither, ought to be scrapped. Instead, Israel should go ahead with unilateral disengagement, including the security fence’s completion and drawing the borders where they want. Drawing borders is what victors do and Israel won all the wars the Arabs started. Let Hamas run the territories as a de facto state. The irony for Hamas then is likely to be that since they seem to be less corrupt and more effective at laying the groundwork for prosperity, after a few years in power they may find it harder to find people willing to die for Jewish land.

(Side note: Doesn’t this make third party assertions that a choice between Republicans and Democrats is the choice of the “lesser of two evils” laughable? Try the “lesser of two not really that greats” next time.)

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Good News

Several announcements.

First, for technical reasons related to another announcement below, the RSS feed on this site now contains the full text of all articles. There are several different options available to subscribe – just click “Subscribe, Syndicate, Bookmark” link in the left menu and the options will expand out. If you do subscribe using a feed reader, be sure to visit the actual site from time to time to see the latest links and hurl criticism at my web design.

Second, I cleaned up that left menu by making most of the menus collapsible. You can get the full categories list, link lists, blogrolls, etc. by clicking. It doesn’t require loading a separate page, it just expands the menu that’s already there but hidden.

Third, You may have noticed the “Mini-Posts” link. Most of those are going to be one-liners that aren’t worthy of a full post or quick observations that may be nothing more than idle speculation. A lot of them may be nothing more than my comment on a ridiculous headline. The main point is that most of them are going to fall in the sarcastic category, so read them as though the <sarcasm> tags were already inserted. Others may be really bad ideas that were just something that popped into my head. That’s the price you pay for clicking on that link. 😉

Fourth, welcome back to Daou Report readers after about a 3 month absence and thanks for all the comments. I highly recommend the Daou Report as a way to get a good rundown of quality postings from the left and the right. Peter Daou’s own left wing thoughts are definitely worth reading on their own merits, too. (And agree or disagree with him, anyone who includes the full text of the Constitution on his site is at least working from the right motivation.)

Fifth and final, the good news from the headline. The content here is going to be syndicated by Newstex. This will put it out there with sources like Seth Godin, The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid by Donald Luskin, What’s Your Brand Mantra?, EclectEcon and the Accidental Hedonist.

Who is John Allison?

It’s not every day that a major bank, with over $100 billion in assets and a market cap above $21 billion, becomes the defender of liberty. Today is a very good day thanks to John Galt Allison.

On Wednesday, Allison made the unusual decision to announce a corporate policy regarding eminent domain, that controversial practice in which the government can seize private property for public use. BB&T (nyse: BBT – news – people ) is not going to lend money to any developer that plans to build on property seized in such a manner. “The idea that a citizen’s property can be taken by the government solely for private use is extremely misguided,” Allison said in a statement. “In fact, it’s just plain wrong.”

Allison’s BBT Won’t Lend To Eminent Domain Projects – Forbes.com

Story also picked up at Volokh, with a more complete quote:

The idea that a citizen’s property can be taken by the government solely for private use is extremely misguided, in fact it’s just plain wrong. One of the most basic rights of every citizen is to keep what they own. As an institution dedicated to helping our clients achieve economic success and financial security, we won’t help any entity or company that would undermine that mission and threaten the hard-earned American dream of property ownership.

I wonder if they’ll make an exception for the Lost Liberty Hotel?

The Club for Growth featured a link to the full press release. Guess I’m not the only one who was impressed.

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