RE: Slouching Towards a Duty to Die

Nino M. Camardese, MD
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May/June 2000
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Dear Editor,
The contents of your article "Slouching Towards a Duty to Die" (Medical Sentinel 1999;4(6):208-210) are so sad, unfortunately. The article is superb and accurate.

I have been in solo practice now for over 45 years. I still make house calls. Beyond that I oversee three active educational foundations and do radio and television programs, as you know, to halt unlawful government, and preserve our foundations of liberty and the ethics of Hippocrates.

So often, however, we hear too many of our colleagues say "I am too busy, I really haven't got time" --- in fulfilling the responsibilities of citizenship and do all possible in gratitude and thanksgiving to preserve, protect, and pass on our great American heritage and legacy of freedom -- even for the sake of future generations, if you will.

As often as not, my humble response is --- "Yesterday hundreds of thousands if not millions of people, died all over the world. But, by the grace of God, you and I are still alive! We are still here! We do have time! We must critically prioritize as to what to do with the gift of time! God said --- "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all these other things shall be added unto you." And again --- "What will it avail man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul."

Freedom is the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to do that which ought to be done and not do that which ought not to be done --- according to the Law of God, Moral Law, Natural Law, the Declaration of Independence, and the U. S. Constitution.

Freedom and responsibility are mutual and inseparable. To the extent one departs from the responsibilities of freedom, one progressively compromises freedom - to its demise, and to the ultimate demise of a free society.

The greatest contemporary moral leader and perhaps the greatest for many centuries, Pope John Paul II, has recently stated that apathy is worse than hatred.

We the people hardly take time to fulfill our responsibility of American citizenship. During the last election, less than 32 percent of the eligible and registered voters voted; among physicians it was even less.

Millions upon millions of sons and daughters of America have fought, suffered, and nearly two millions died to pass on to us our great American heritage and legacy of freedom. Are we not betraying them and future generations by our indifference not to halt unlawful government?

In addressing the responsibilities of private practice the physician cannot, must not, compromise the ethics of Hippocrates.

Patrick Henry, who would have chosen death rather than slavery said - "Is life so dear or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" (Maximum material security is a lifetime prison sentence!)

I think we ought to act and halt further unlawful government intrusion, invasion of patient privacy and erosion of medical record confidentiality. I doubt any other medical group will act as swiftly and resolutely as AAPS, the Delta Force of American Medicine and the Patrick Henry Bunch. If we fail to act on the Unique Patient Identifier, then we will have delivered the medical profession to authoritarianism and old-style socialism.

Nino M. Camardese, MD
Norwalk, OH

Correspondence originally published in the Medical Sentinel 2000;5(3);73-77. Copyright©2000 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS).

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