This video from today’s Republican presidential debate and its reaction perfectly captures the ideological differences in American politics:

A bit of a startling moment happened near the end of Monday night’s CNN debate when a hypothetical question was posed to Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).

What do you tell a guy who is sick, goes into a coma and doesn’t have health insurance? Who pays for his coverage? “Are you saying society should just let him die?” Wolf Blitzer asked.

“Yeah!” several members of the crowd yelled out.

Paul interjected to offer an explanation for how this was, more-or-less, the root choice of a free society. He added that communities and non-government institutions can fill the void that the public sector is currently playing.

Liberal news sources will express shock and disgust at the Yeah! and play it for a few days. I doubt any liberal will honestly debate this example. The Yeah! is too tempting to let go.

Without knowing the person who so matter-of-factly yelled Yeah!, I’ll say he is a product of Randian philosophy and not so much of a sadist as he is elitist.

Truth is, the answer is complex. Of all possible answers (and this was as tough as it gets), I think Ron Paul nailed it without coming across as an ideological nut job.

***

This reminds me of an incident from last year:

The conservative vision was on full display last week in Obion County, Tennessee. In this rural section of Tennessee, Gene Cranick’s home caught on fire. As the Cranicks fled their home, their neighbors alerted the county’s firefighters, who soon arrived at the scene. Yet when the firefighters arrived, they refused to put out the fire, saying that the family failed to pay the annual subscription fee to the fire department. Because the county’s fire services for rural residences is based on household subscription fees, the firefighters, fully equipped to help the Cranicks, stood by and watched as the home burned to the ground:

If we talk ethics, the firefighters were wrong — and beyond that, there is no right answer.

***

Nadal and Djokovic were battling it out in a superb match but I reckoned the debate would be more entertaining. Boy, was it!

Advertisements