A Republican Thanks the Mainstream Media

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Every day, on conservative talk shows and television programs across America, you will hear expressions of contempt for the media. The main stream (or “Lame Stream”) media, are frequent targets of Republican and conservative ire because of frequent conflicts of interest in how they cover or report political stories.

Indeed it does seem that there has been a perpetual assault on president Trump (and pretty much all Republicans for the last few decades). But all’s well that end’s well, right? In the end, I believe the media has done a great service for the Republican party. Perhaps it has been unintended. In fact I think it has been done without the media even understanding of the consequences of their actions. The persistent ideology and pedagogy of the MSM is of course liberal, and their full weight and support is thrown, in virtually all cases, to the Democratic opponent at the expense of the conservative or Republican candidate. But with all actions there are consequences, some intended and some unintended.

We all know that the entire country has been subjected to a virtual government shutdown for the last 3 years, during which the Democratically controlled House of Representatives has spent hundreds of millions of dollars, destroyed acres of forests for subpoenas, and wasted countless hours investigating (some would even say spying on) President Trump. During those 3 years, little attention has been given to the business of the people, and even less to seemingly rampant ethical problems among the liberal Democratic elite in Washington.

So why would a Republican thank the MSM?

Because they are doing their job. Because on at least ONE side of the political spectrum, the MSM is like a dog with a bone, never letting go, seeking out corruption, looking for irregularities, digging up dirt, and looking in every dark corner to root out corruption. And for this reason we have today the most honest, ethical, and transparent Republican party in history. No dirty or compromised conservative politician would survive the onslaught. With a very few exceptions, none but the “squeaky clean” survive the accusations.

In fact, even the “squeaky clean” like the Second Lady Karen Pence are often subjected to harassment and malicious attacks. For what crime? The crime of teaching at a Christian school! But this in turn gives them the opportunity to remain humble, to ask for prayer, and to seek out assistance from the Almighty in times of personal trouble.

Compare and contrast this to today’s Democratic party. The “party of favor” among the MSM is of course not obliged to answer for their indiscretions, or crimes. They are allowed carte blanche in all regards, and even if their sins come to light, the MSM is happy to cover for them, or point the finger at a conservative if need be, to distract the voting public from seeing said sins.

The same media which has for 3 years viciously attacked the president for “high crimes and misdemeanors” (which never materialized under investigation or impeachment testimony) has blatantly ignored a long list of vastly worse crimes, because they were committed by their party of favor.

The indiscretions of Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Al Franken, Bob Menendez, Hunter Biden, and Maxine Waters have been buried. Obama and the IRS targeting conservatives… or the Fast and Furious operation… forgotten. Hillary and Benghazi, the emails, smashed phones, Whitewater, file-gate, Uranium One… not newsworthy. Countless examples of Democratic collusion or nepotism… hidden in a token paragraph somewhere back near the Obituaries pages.

But thank goodness, let any Republican stray from a strict Biblical Code of Ethics and he or she will be subjected to intense, lasting media attention. Thanks goodness for the MSM.

Thank you, media, for giving us what may well be the best, strongest, most capable and trustworthy Republican party in history.

Now just one request. Go do your job on the other side of the aisle!

Naked and Homeless

The police came at about 5 AM to the ER with a strange request. They needed a patient gown. They wondered if we might have an extra one. We gave them two. One for the front and one for the back.

We were highly motivated to assist the policemen. Not just because we liked the officers on duty, nor because they had come to assist us in the ER a few times in the past (using tasers, bean bag shotguns, and various other toys) when we had violent patients. No, in this case we were motivated because the gowns were needed for a patient who had recently escaped the ER by breaking down a door and running out into the streets. Not only that, she had run out into 48 degree temperatures, quite cold for our part of Florida, and although she was gowned appropriately at the time she left, we were concerned for her safety and well being.

The patient was apprehended not long after her escape by the police, who found her jogging naked down the street. This was both a relief, and a cause for concern (or amusement) depending on the mood and personality of the health care worker receiving the news. The naked part was not that surprising, since the patient had initially arrived dressed in her usual “business attire” with both nipples exposed to anyone willing to look. Such a presentation is not all that uncommon among street prostitutes, or those involved in our thriving local drug trade.

After the patient was covered front and back with the hospital gowns, she was placed back in the police car to be taken to jail (for assaulting a health care worker prior to her “escape”). This outcome was of course applauded by the ER staff, but then the conversation inevitably turned to our many local ER patrons who are “frequent fliers”. So often they come with dishonesty or “lack of candor” about their illnesses. Sometimes they present lying about their substance abuse, and no explanation for why they have $3,000 cash stuffed in their underwear. Nearly always they vastly underestimate their alcohol consumption. They place an enormous burden on ER staff across the country.

We have liberals, conservatives, and apolitical types in the ER. And we all pretty much agree that there is no conceivable government program or hospital solution that will end substance abuse, alcoholism, or prostitution. Nothing will stop patients from lying to police or health care workers, or abandoning their families, or choosing drugs over their jobs. Human nature being what it is, some persons will always choose to be lazy, or idle or dishonest. Some will be thieves or prostitutes (or worse yet, politicians).

These conversations inevitably lead to one of two conclusions. Some want to give up, saying you can’t fix human nature. Some insist there has to be an answer, people are valuable. I agree… with both camps.

Although it may be true that we cannot “fix” human nature, there are two areas of action where we can make a dent in these horrendous destroyers of humanity.

The first is the purview of pastors, the second is the province of politicians.

If we can intervene early and often in the lives of children and adolescents to provide worth, structure, a loving family, a caring adult, a hope for the future… research has shown that the odds of a child living a productive and happy life are vastly higher when they grow up in a supportive and caring environment. I am all for this, and I encourage all efforts, faith based and otherwise, to enhance the value and ostensible worth of all lives. This can admittedly be quite complex, because the very same behaviors we are seeing in the ER (homelessness, mental illness, alcoholism, substance abuse, prostitution) also inflict serious, sometimes lifelong emotional damage on any children in proximity to these behaviors. And the same adults we are “rescuing” daily or weekly from their indulgences are sometimes inflicting serious emotional damage on their own children and families.

But what of those already afflicted in the current pandemic of alcoholism, homelessness, alcoholism, and crime? Is there hope to end this suffering? Have we finally passed enough legislation to end these blights on humanity? (Resoundingly NO.) Or are the very government programs designed to alleviate suffering, sometimes making the problems worse? (Sometimes, unfortunately, YES.)

And this is where we enter the province of politicians. You may sense that I do not always hold politicians in high esteem. It is true. But politicians have a place, and I do not wish to demean the office to the point where no decent, honorable or honest person would run for office. For if and when we reach that point (and I fear we are ever so close) our nation is doomed.

Nevertheless, what can we do about our naked, substance abusing, homeless, aggressive prostitute? After all, we provided her, and hundreds of other alcoholics and substance abusers, a place to sleep, food to eat, and a bus pass as they were leaving. We worked them up in their stupor with lab work and CT scans that often cost thousands or tens of thousands of dollars… the costs of which are shifted to more upstanding citizens with insurance. We speak to them with respect and offer psychiatrists for those who are severely depressed, homicidal, or suicidal. We “believe them” and take it seriously when they say they are suicidal, even though every fiber of our experience and professional training tell us they are lying, and all they really want is “3 hots and a cot”. What more can we do?

Are we helping these patients at all? We probable prevent some withdrawal seizures. Perhaps we are occasionally able to prevent a suicide or homicide. I am certainly happy at these benefits of our ministrations. But more often, are we not merely helping them be better, more successful drug addicts? Are we not just removing the natural consequences of substance abuse and alcoholism, taking away the very discomforts and inconveniences which might drive a man or woman to sobriety?

Tens of thousands of times every day across this country this process repeats itself. A patient spends their last dime on drugs or alcohol, then runs to a local ER for treatment of their DT’s, or their falls, or their confusion, or for free food. Sometimes it is just for a warm bed because all their rent money went to cocaine. And we provide.

And the next day or the next week the cycle repeats, and they come in again with an alcohol level 5 or 6 times the legal limit. Or maybe comatose this time from opiate OD, or agitated, hallucinating, and aggressive on cocaine. And we do it all again… and again… and again.

I cannot tell you the cost to society that this represents. In some ways I do not even care. My question is simply this. Are we harming our patient? With all our coddling and warm fuzzies, are we actually making lives, families and society WORSE rather than making them better?

I believe many times we are.