George Washington Couldn’t Lie and Rick Santorum Can’t Tell the Truth

Earlier this month, Santorum joined fellow far right doozie, James Dobson and brought up the subject of euthanasia at the American Heartland Forum. “They have voluntary euthanasia in the Netherlands, but half the people who are euthanized every year, and it’s 10 percent of all deaths, half of those people are euthanized involuntarily in hospitals, because they are older and sick,” Santorum said. “So elderly people in the Netherlands don’t go to the hospital. They go to another country. Because they’re afraid because of budget purposes they will not come out of that hospital if they go in with sickness.” He said many elderly Dutch wear bracelets saying “Don’t euthanize me.”

A little truth-seeking, Maestro…

Let’s see where Santorum got the core accusation of his Euthansia ramblings…that half of the hospital euthanizations were ‘involutary’. The origins of that estimate appear to come from a 1997 Internet article at www.answersingenises.com.  This group defines themselves as ‘apologetics or Christianity defenders. They claim that in all matters, the bible is the only reference worth considering, especially when it comes to creation and evolution. Here is the paragraph from the ‘answers in Genesis’ site that Santorum or one of his staffers apparently stumbled upon:

What are the consequences of accepting euthanasia? According to a Dutch study investigating the effects in Holland, where euthanasia is tolerated while not strictly legal (legalization didn’t come along until 2002) it was found that in a single year there were more than 2,700 reported euthanasia deaths. Over 50% of these were involuntary, i.e. the patient was not given a choice.”

Year of the study? Sometime in 1991 basically covering the years from 1986-1989. I’ve read the study, going back as far as over a quarter of a century ago. It’s a legitimate study with respected researchers, G. van der Wal and R.J. Dillman and was published in the equally-respected medical journal The Lancet.

The numbers are hugely misleading without context. Patients who were euthanized were almost all terminally ill with 83% of their number having less than a month to life, 58%, less than a week. Cancer was present in 85% of euthanized patients. In roughly 6 out of 10 ‘involuntary’ euthanizations, patients had earlier expressed the wish to be euthanized, but had not made an explicit request. Most of them, when they reached the end-stage of their life, were unable to make such a request. So, they were not euthanized against their will. In 88% of the remaining cases final consultation was not possible as well because the patient was either comatose or unaware of his or her surroundings and incompetent to make such a decision. Family members and docs huddled together; agreed there was no conscious quality of life and the patient was mercifully euthanized…I suppose technically, involuntarily.

Unlike Santorum’s implication that members of the Dutch medical establishment were ardent killers, the study indicated that there were three times as many patient requests for euthanasia as there were procedures carried out. The patient changed his or her mind, the doctor refused the request or the patient simply got better.

That 50% of all euthanizations are involuntary is a 100% lie.

Updating his other claims from numerous sources; only about 1-2% of modern-day patients are euthanized; nowhere near his 10% fairy tale number. Those patient who are euthanized must be in possession of enough faculties to repeatedly give their consent and the family apparently now has now no say in the matter. Furthermore, TWO doctors have to OK the procedure.

Rachel Maddow had a Dutch reporter on her show who said Santorum’s statements fell somewhere between funny and insulting.  “Nothing of what he said is true”, the reporter declared. Nobody can find a scintilla of evidence that “Don’t euthanize” bracelets exist.

A clever Dutch blogger, “The Daily Greg” wrote with tongue clearly in cheek, that Dutch citizens were demanding to know where they could obtain such bracelets. He requested that Santorum, quote, “…provide the bracelets himself, since he clearly knows so much about them.”

One final question – “what is that substance coming out of that Bull’s hindquarters? Why it’s Rick Santorum’s latest public utterance.

11 Replies to “George Washington Couldn’t Lie and Rick Santorum Can’t Tell the Truth”

  1. His distortions are so immense they really should be deemed the product of insanity.

    They’re not so much calculated lies as they are expressions of his own paranoid fantasies, his own mad delusions — and I would venture to add–his own dark desires, which only reach his lips in the form of negation. But it is a negation that reveals what his own real wishes are: kill old folks, cut the weak genetic stock out of the race, engage in same sex liaisons, et al.

    I really would question his mental health, because his insistence on expression the most delusional and fantasmatic fears strikes me as psychotic.

  2. OK. Let’s assume you are on the right path in questioning little Ricky’s mental health. By observation and listening to what drips from his lips, we see and hear things that are out sync/touch with society, cultural, social and “psychological norm” that are acceptable by our half-way normal populations…agreed?

    We know very little about him and his past, beside his Italian relatives that don’t “get him” as they are ardent socialist/communist, his wife’s former lover, the abortion doctor, and the persona he touts as “himself”.

    He might be a psychopath (often paranoid and suspicious) or one of many garden varieties of a sociopath (perhaps Dyssocial or a Disaffiliated Sociopath) or he might be at the center of a “folie a’dux” (symptomatic delusional beliefs that are transmitted from one individual to another, as in a married couple) or folie en famille or even folie à plusieurs (“madness of many”), whereas the “sociopath” uses their “charm” to enjoin others in their madness (like a Charles Mansion or a charismatic cult leader).

    Whatever angle we “observe” or listen to him we are constantly reminded that he is unfiltered, rather unconcerned with how others who aren’t in touch with his world view, never appears conforms to the rules normal society, only his interpretation of a sky-god, and, doesn’t seem very bothered about the consequences of his actions, but is preoccupied by the actions of others (especially sex) and a desire to control them…plus, he shares all this with other like-minded people who seem to be attacked to him like street urchins to Fagin…

    His newest scree is common in antisocial people who like attain popularity by using unscrupulous methods, like lying…

    In any event, he is certainly building up quite a repertory of observable symptoms that are arguably disconcerting.

  3. When Terry Schiavo’s case was being pounded about the pro-life circuits (and all of them were also rabid, slavering anti-abortio zealots who never met a camera they did not love) these idiots drew NO distinction between hospice palliative care and outright killing. LETTING people die peacefully is not euthanasia. At the time poor Terry, who had a liquified brain stem, was being allowed to die, so was my father and in precisely the same way in a Catholic nursing home. He could no longer swallow, had left directives not to intubate him in ANY way, so he lay down, turned his face to the wall, and was allowed to sleep his last few days away. He was, overall, actually healthier than Terry. But his Parkinson’s caught up, he could not eat or drink, and, well, that was that. I suppose we “killed” him by not forcing painful IV and intubation measures on him that he adamantly DID NOT WANT, but that was HIS conscious decision, and we abided by it and so did the nursing home. So Santorum can add a Catholic nursing home in the US to his list of KILLERS of old people. But I for one thank them for their mercy and kindness to my father and to us.

    And Santorum can go Eff himself.

  4. This is one of my favorite subjects in that in this case, only the person in question should have the right to say if they die or not. No government, sanctimonious jerk or person on earth should have the right to take that right away.

    Its my life, not the Catholic churches life, not any evangelicals life. Mine

  5. BTW, The Netherlands has by far the best medical healthcare system in the world. Sanitary must be extremely jealous of that to have to lie about it

  6. I had an experience with my father which was very similar to churchlady’s. My father had Alzheimer’s and died five weeks ago. The three months prior to his death were very severe with respect to disease progression; he went from up on his feet, feeding himself, etc. to a series of infections and problems that just took him down very quickly. When he could no longer swallow, we were advised left and right to put him in hospice and just let him go peacefully. First off, he never expressed the desire to do that ahead of time, so we didn’t have any kind of reassurance that that might be his wishes. Second, my daughter and I had to make a decision, and it just didn’t feel “right”. We elected instead to go with a stomach tube, and in retrospect, I feel we made the right decision for him and his situation. He improved quite a bit once nutrition and hydration were improved, he put on weight, and his mental state actually improved some too. We were able to have simple conversations with him and he recognized us. I wholeheartedly approve of churchlady’s decision, as I believe in a person’s right to choose their own destiny. I would have honored my father’s wishes to do the same if he had expressed those. Anyways, almost two months later, he went peacefully on his own one morning. So, every situation has to be judged on it’s own merits and circumstances. I think Santorum is a prig; he’s very judgmental and wants to dictate morality for the rest of us, out of his own set of moral values, and frankly, he can kiss my arse, he has no right to do such. As with the Schiavo incident, he’s just out for fame, for recognition, no matter how he gets it. I’ve often waffled back and forth between believing he really believes all the crap he spews and believing he’s the ultimate con man, very craftily carving a path for money and success at the expense of anyone that gets in his way. Maybe a combination of both? Who knows, time will tell.

  7. He’s terrified we might actually take a really good look at their health system or one similar and realize that’s what we need here!

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