Sept 12th, 2011
It is not often that this much is learned from a hypothetical. During an exchange tonight at the "Tea Party" sponsored GOP debate, Ron Paul beat around the bush when questioned about how society should respond to a major medical crisis involving an uninsured patient. When Blitzer actually pushed for once and asked, "are you saying that society should just let him die?" someone in the audience shouted "yeah!" This shout out was well received.
This was an audience composed entirely of self-identified Tea Party members. This is the dominant force in the current GOP base. The profound lack of fundamental compassion is, itself, un-American. The Founders never conflated concepts of "individual responsibility" with outright blood lust.