At yesterday’s GOP debate, moderator Wolf Blitzer laid out a scenario for candidate Ron Paul in which a young person without health insurance has a terrible accident and is in a coma. Should society intervene to provide health care? Paul said no. The hypothetical person made a choice and should live with the consequences.
Blitzer wanted to be very clear. He asked if America should just stand by and watch this person die. Paul started to backtrack. The cheering crowd of conservatives, however, shouted, “Yes!”
The concept of shared national responsibility and sacrifice is dead on the right. ”Compassionate conservatism,” if there ever was any truth to it, truly has become a lie.