This political booklet subtitled "How Republicans Can Fight to Win," despite its optimistic tone, carries a disturbing message - namely, that because we live "in a democracy," for conservatives to win they will have to, in my words, "demagogue" themselves to victory. Politics is war and politics is about winning.
This outstanding book by a black American journalist for The Washington Post recounts the emotional and spiritual awakening of the author upon his fateful visit to his ancestral home, Africa. He vividly recounts his adventurers and journalistic travails on the Dark Continent, and finds he belongs happily and unregretfully in America. He thanks Providence for the fact his ancestors were brought to America, even as slaves, so that he could be born a free man in America. One of the most poignant scenes in the book sums it up.
Warning! If you have high blood pressure, consult your physician before reading Medical Warrior. Dr. Miguel Faria writes with such fervor and conviction about the looming dangers of a health-care system dominated by big government, big business, and big labor that people with medical problems may wish to read something far less provocative.
The Hippocratic Oath — Is it relevant today or does it belong in the scrap heap of history’s discarded relics?
I submit it is relevant today. I submit it is a touchstone that offers a moral compass — an ethical framework — for navigation through these times of crisis. In short, it is the soul of medicine.
The federal government is currently pressuring states with secondary seat belt law enforcement (SE) to change to primary enforcement (PE). With SE, a police officer cannot stop a motorist for non-seat belt use unless there is another traffic violation. With PE, the officer can stop motorists just for not using a seat belt.
The government claims with PE, there is a higher rate of seat belt use than in secondary states, which supposedly, translates into a greater reduction in highway fatalities.
With the recent report of the “Medicalization of Schools,”(1) it is increasingly important that all physicians act as Medical Sentinels in their own area so as to report and to prevent the insidious spread of this medical mischief.
No one can reliably predict our economic or political future, because actual events will depend on what millions of different people decide to do.
And yet some political events seem almost certain to occur — or not occur — in 1998...
This article originally appeared in the Medical Sentinel 1998;3(5):171-178. It has been revised, updated, and published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 2007;12(3):79-90. Copyright ©1996-2010 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
The following link is provided to the JPANDS.org website where the article can be viewed and/or downloaded in PDF format: www.jpands.org/vol12no3/robinson.pdf
French social critic Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850) once said, “The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be skillfully attacked, but to be ineptly defended.”(1) During much of the history of our republic, our intellectuals and those who digest these ideas for consumption by the general public, did a poor job of defending the basic foundations of our freedom. Until the sixties, it was taken for granted that private property, absolute moral principles, and free enterprise were desirable.
Dr. Jane M. Orient’s emphasis on morality’s importance in medicine (Medical Sentinel, Spring 1997) is characteristically on target. Her reminding us that religion created that morality is also vitally important. But she may err in seeing that morality as based on objective “natural law” rather than on something quite different: objective, religiously- and historically-defined Moral Law.
It has taken more than thirty years since the political introduction of Medicare to verify the truth inherent in the 1962 medical profession’s predictions that if passed:
This bill would put the government smack into your hospitals! Defining services — setting standards — establishing committees — calling for reports — deciding who gets in and who gets out — what they get and what they don’t — even getting into the teaching of medicine — and all the time imposing a federally administered financial budget on our houses of mercy and healing.
Dear Dr. Faria,
Thank you for your editorial entitled “To the Tune of Washington’s Pied Pipers,” published in the Fall 1996 edition of the Medical Sentinel. As the head of a non--profit conservative legal foundation that has been extensively involved in the protection of parent and student rights for the past several years, I am more than well aware of the attacks on our freedoms in this country in that regard.
Dear Dr. Faria,
I have just enjoyed your editorial “To the Tune of Washington’s Pied Pipers,” Volume 1, Number 3 of the Medical Sentinel, and I must say it is a real pleasure to hear from you in this new forum. In my view you are truly an outstanding person, in the way you fearlessly call a spade a spade in the liberal medical world in which we find ourselves...
Congratulations to Don Printz for his presentation to the Seniors Coalition, as published in the Medical Sentinel’s Fall 1996 issue, page 6.
The one paragraph summary of the veterinary ethic as practiced in England is a good overview, but the underlying subtleties are more gruesome than can be described in a single paragraph.
Dear Dr. Faria,
One of the hallmarks of a dictatorship is that its laws are deliberately vague. A dictator wants vague laws in order to make obedience difficult so that he may call you guilty whenever he likes.
Journalist Alan Stang
Show me the man, and I will find his crime.
Old communist imperative and motto of the former Soviet KGB
Both quoted in Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (pp.201 & 243)
Dear Dr. Guanzon,
Written by two reporters, this book contains a wealth of information about the history and inner workings of the American Medical Association since its founding in 1847. It is divided into two parts. The first covers how the AMA is organized, the history of its development, its ongoing battle against compulsory health insurance, a description of its political action committee (AMPAC), and a discussion of its support for the business ethic. The second covers the AMA's response to health issues including alternative medicine, the tobacco problem, abortion, and the AIDS epidemic.
For years, the conventional wisdom in politics has been, "A third party vote is a wasted vote." Although this occasionally may have been true, it more often than not was merely the agreed-upon pitch of the two major political parties to keep the voters in the fold, locked into a pattern of monotonous mediocrity, which kept the incumbents safe from any real challenge. This year's two major party contenders are working overtime to "keep with tradition." Senator Bob Dole, the least that the Republicans can offer, is at best a droll disappointment.
In A.D. 1212, a Children's Crusade was formed allegedly
to rescue the Holy Sepulcher. Instead, the children were
lured and sold into slavery by unscrupulous and cruel
traders. Thousands of innocent children died of hunger
and disease and from their brutal ordeal. It is said that
the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, who led
the children by the tune of his pipe,
derives from this dreadful affair.
Is Insufficient Spending the Culprit?
The 1991 American Medical Association (AMA) campaign against domestic violence (and towards gun control) launched for public relations and media consumption went hand in hand with a previously articulated (1979) U.S. Public Health Service objective of complete eradication of handguns in America, beginning with a 25% reduction in the national inventory by the year 2000!(1)
As a physician, I have always been a staunch supporter of public health in its traditional role of fighting pestilential diseases and promoting health by educating the public as to hygiene, sanitation, and preventable diseases, as alluded to in my book, Vandals at the Gates of Medicine; but I deeply resent the workings of that unrecognizable part of public health incarnated in the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) with its politicized agenda and proclivity towards result-oriented research based on junk science.
Because of the recent decline in our health care system, today's physicians practice in a "medical gulag" and suffer from a "siege mentality." The reasons for this, as learned from examples in both ancient and recent history, are the topics for this unique collection of essays which are divided into five sections: "lessons from history"; "medical ecology"; "towards collectivism in medicine"; "the role of public health"; and "managed care, corporate socialized medicine and medical ethics." The author, Miguel A.
The middle of the road leads to socialism.
Ludwig von Mises
Planning For Freedom, 1962
From Ancient Rome to Karl Marx
In matters of style, swim with the current;
in matters of principle, stand firm like a rock.
The Corporate Practice of Medicine
The physician should be contemptuous of money, interested in his work,
self-controlled, and just. Once he is possessed of these basic virtues,
he will have all others at his command as well.
Can the Medical Profession Survive Flexible Ethics?*
The crisis of American medicine is not tobacco, AIDS, silicone implants, the Gulf War Syndrome, breast or other forms of cancer, physician-assisted suicide, euthanasia, licensure, medical care for the poor, or any other specific medical or ethical issue. The crisis of American medicine is far greater than any one of these problems, indeed it is far greater than all of them combined, because the answers to these problems do not come from within them but from medical ethics.
...Its leaders were supposed to save the country
but now they won't pay her no mind.
...Because the people got fat and grew lazy,
now their vote is like a meaningless joke.
You know they talk about law, about order, but it's all just an echo of what they've been told. 'Cause there is a monster on the loose. It's got our heads into the noose,
and it just sits there watching...