Life and Death Struggle

ZekeEmanuelby Jerry Richardson   9/25/14
If you don’t think our Conservative fight against Progressivism is a life-and-death ideological struggle, you haven’t been paying attention; or maybe haven’t thought much about it.

Progressives are absolutely intent upon pushing their long-desired program of conservative-genocide.  They don’t want any of us around.  And they will do whatever is in their power to facilitate our demise.

What makes me write such a harsh accusation?

It is because of simple eyes-wide-open observation: We have ceased to live in a nation where political differences can be amiable, can be confined to the voting-booth: an arrangement where the winners become the political leaders, who attempt to unite the nation; and the losers become the “loyal opposition.”

Now there is no such division; the winners, if they are the Democrats/Progressives become the dictators, the overlords; they dole out political life and death—reward their friends; punish their enemies—and the losers, if they are Republicans/Conservatives become the outcast: Marginalized if not criminalized.

The recent actions of the IRS are a perfect example of action against conservative groups:

[September 23, 2014] “It is now well known that the IRS targeted tea party organizations. What is less well known, but perhaps even more scandalous, is that the IRS also targeted those who would educate their fellow citizens about the United States Constitution.
“According to
the inspector general’s report (pp. 30 & 38), this particular IRS targeting commenced on Jan. 25, 2012 — the beginning of the election year for President Obama’s second campaign. On that date: ‘the BOLO [‘be on the lookout’] criteria were again updated.’ The revised criteria included ‘political action type organizations involved in … educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.’ “   —Targeting the Constitution

The Inspector General’s Report, discussed above, is literally a bombshell revealing IRS abuse against Conservative groups.  The Highlights of the document, dated May 14, 2013 and sent with the signature of Acting Deputy Inspector General for Audit, Michael E. McKenney contained the following harsh evaluation of the IRS:

“WHAT TIGTA [Tax Inspector General for Tax Administration] FOUND 

“The IRS used inappropriate criteria that identified for review Tea Party and other organizations applying for tax-exempt status based upon their names or policy positions instead of indications of potential political campaign intervention.  Ineffective management: 1) allowed inappropriate criteria to be developed and stay in place for more than 18 months, 2) resulted in substantial delays in processing certain applications, and 3) allowed unnecessary information requests to be issued.

“Although the processing of some applications with potential significant political campaign intervention was started soon after receipt, no work was completed on the majority of these applications for 13 months. This was due to delays in receiving assistance from the Exempt Organizations function Headquarters office. For the 296 total political campaign intervention applications TIGTA reviewed as of December 17, 2012, 108 had been approved, 28 were withdrawn by the applicant, none had been denied, and 160 were open from 206 to 1,138 calendar days (some for more than three years and crossing two election cycles).”  —TIGTA Report

There was a jaw-dropping revelation on pages 30 and 38.  Here’s the more recent entry on page 38 dated January 12, 2012:

”The BOLO [Be on the lookout] listing criteria were again updated.  The criteria was revised as “political action type organizations involved in limiting/expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement.”  The coordinator contact was changed as well.”
TIGTA Report

In other words, any political-action type organizations [mostly Tea Party types] who were attempting to educate the American people of a need to limit our expanding government; or attempting to educate people on the US Constitution or the Bill of Rights were to be especially watched for by the IRS.

Of course these types of organizations could and would only be Conservative—couldn’t be missed.  Organizations identified by the BOLO criteria were obviously hindered, “160 were open [held with no action] from 206 to 1,138 calendar days (some for more than three years and crossing two election cycles).” There can be no doubt that the 2012 Presidential election was impacted in favor of Barack Obama.

You think this isn’t a life-and-death ideological struggle?

So far as we know the reverse of this action has not yet occurred.  Nixon seemed to want that, but he was stopped by honorable men including those from his own party.

Reflect for a moment on the George W. Bush Presidency; Bush never tried to squash his opposition.  In fact, most Conservatives believe he was entirely to kind to his critics.

Is that to be the key to Conservative demise: We are too politically kind to survive?  But if survival requires the mode of operation of Democrats/Progressives, what’s the point; survive only to become like them? We must find a way; a better way.

The political left has historically always operated with the goal of total destruction of their opposition.  This is why I state that we, Conservatives, are in a life-and-death struggle.  Not necessarily, at least at the present, is it a struggle for physical life; although I personally believe it may come to that; currently it is a struggle for our deeply-held beliefs; a struggle for our ideological and religious lives; a struggle for our sacred traditions; a struggle for what many of us would in fact give our lives for.

It is our Christian and conservative ideas that Progressives so violently hate and are dedicated to totally eradicating.  How can we understand that?

It is sometimes difficult for me to grasp why ideas are so divisive. But ideas do, in fact, drive the world’s conflicts.

The primary divisiveness from ideas is that ideas presage and adumbrate what a person is likely to do if they ever acquire the power to implement their deepest desires.  Hence, we justifiably fear the future results of radical ideas; and we should.  We must renew our effort to fight the evil, yes evil, ideas of Progressivism and work to expose their dangerous collectivist, statist ideas to the powerful disinfectant of broad public knowledge. We must not allow Progressives to conceal their real intentions in unacknowledged and unannounced hidden agendas—their normal operating mode.

As I said, if you do not think we are in a life-and-death ideological struggle with Progressives you have not been paying attention.

This week I turned 75.  I was greeted with an article in the Atlantic Journal by Dr. Ezekiel J. “Zeke” Emanuel in which he opines that those of us who live past age 75 are no longer useful; and in fact he implies that we are doing a disservice to our children and society.

“But even if we manage not to become burdens to them [our children], our shadowing them until their old age is also a loss.”  Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel

“Zeke” Emanuel is one of the architects of Obamacare and is the brother of Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s first-term Chief-of-Staff.  “Zeke” confidently states: “Seventy-five. That is all I want to live”; even though currently he is only 57

If that’s what “Zeke” prefers, I have no personal objections.  However, what concerns me is that the ideas of this man, one of the architects of Obamacare, have influenced the Obamacare rules that will affect how healthcare will be managed for senior citizens.

Dr. “Zeke” stated: “Once I have lived to 75, my approach to my health care will completely change.”  That statement should be frightening to those of us who do not wish to have him and other Progressives of his ilk dictating life-and-death medical decisions for us or for our loved ones.

“Zeke” Emanuel is a prime example of why we, conservatives, are in a life-and-death ideological struggle with Progressivism; because elite Progressives wish to force their personal ideas of living and—now with Obamacare—of dying onto the rest of society.  They are not God, but I don’t believe they know that.  If the statements made and the positions taken by “Zeke” Emanuel, toward old age, don’t make your blood run cold; you’re a lizard.

“Zeke” Emanuel is a perfect illustration of the collective-mentality of Progressives.

In his mind, and in the philosophy of Progressivism, the only value that a person has resides in their usefulness to the collective (the rest of society); there is no unique individual value based upon who a person is; based upon who they have been; based upon their historical relationship with their family; based upon their relationship with close friends; based upon their relationship with Church and God—none of that is important, only their utility to society, and past age 75, according to the almighty “Zeke”, that utility is over and done.  By the way, how does he arrive at the magic number 75 for everyone?     Oh! I forgot; he’s the almighty “Zeke.”

Well “Zeke” as far as I’m concerned you can take you progressive recommendation for self-imposed, government-encouraged euthanasia and stuff it!

A euphemistically-worded form of euthanasia is what the not-so-good Dr. Emanuel is peddling with his article.  His statements, in his article, are not just part of a public “living-will.”  He is pushing for how he wants Obamacare to be implemented:

“Not everyone on the Left is as coldly robotic as Emanuel, but there’s a strain of this thinking throughout the Democrat Party; the idea that individual liberty and the rights of the individual must be subjugated by the need to perfect society and the future.
“And now Emanuel is hoping to use the Fed’s grab of our healthcare system to create policies that will more quickly rid society of those “leeches and takers” you and I call Mom, Dad, Grandpa and Grandma.
“What’s so unsettling is that Emanuel and his ilk aren’t trying to save money or improve quality of life. The endgame with ObamaCare has nothing to do with that. ObamaCare is the vehicle and this “cost-saving” propaganda is nothing more than the roadmap to crafting the Left’s twisted version of Utopia.”

Obamacare Architect’s Die at 75 Article

The ideas that are so obviously absent from Dr. Emanuel’s philosophy are any notions of obligation to the past.

One of the major demarcations between Conservatives and Progressives is how we view the past.  Conservatives respect and honor the past; Progressives basically detest the past unless they can rewrite it to their liking.

Progressives’ attitude toward the past is made obvious when Obama and others of his persuasion use the condescending phrase “on the wrong side of history.” They imply by that phrase that those of us (Conservatives) who value and wish to apply the hard-learned lessons of the past will be proven wrong by future events—it never happens, but they keep repeating the mantra.  Progressives’ entire focus and energy is directed toward some future envisioned utopia—which will never materialize, because if it did their fantasy crusades would have to abruptly end, and then their emptiness would be evident even to them.

An obligation to the past, including an obligation to those who have preceded us and are still living is a type of covenant for those of us who are Conservatives, especially if we are also Christians.  Appreciation and respect for the wisdom of our experienced (they learned from mistakes) elders entails an obligation to protect and preserve them. This is both a Christian and a Conservative principle.  In the Bible, this principle is encapsulated within the context of family:

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.”  Exodus 20:12 NASB

I find no evidence of “honor” for elders in the words of “Zeke” Emanuel.  Advice to simply go ahead and die after a certain age (75), advocated by a smug, elite Progressive Doctor is not “honor”; it is a call for euthanasia, it is brutality, it is evil; but, after all, it is Obamacare.  We must continue our efforts to stop and repeal it.

Respect for elders was once an understood value. It meant among other things that people listened to the past; people listened in matters of life that required wisdom—which includes just about every major decision we make.

Progressives have shredded that ancient value, they despise and reject the wisdom of the past—“wrong side of history”—and so it is natural for progressives such as Dr. “Zeke” Emanuel to place no value on the past, no value on the historically proven; no value on the life of elders, hence no value on the life of someone past the age of 75.

We are indeed in an ideological life-and-death struggle with the evil ideas of Progressivism, as advocated by “Zeke” Emanuel and his fellow travelers.

As I said earlier: “Zeke”, you can take you progressive recommendation for self-imposed, government-encouraged euthanasia and stuff it!  And while you’re at it, you can stuff Obamacare!  

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17 Responses to Life and Death Struggle

  1. Timothy Lane says:

    Ezekiel Emanuel (brother of Rahm) was an important influence on Obamacare, and already infamous for complaining about the Hippocratic Oath — it causes doctors to treat all their patients instead of putting their resources into helping the young rather than the old. This caused me to compare him several years ago to Dr. Grimesby Roylott from “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”. (When I told Elizabeth — who turns 75 next month — about his most recent comments, she wondered what breed his mother is. I’ve implicitly compared Rahm to a junkyard dog in a song parody, which makes her reference doubly appropriate.)

    As for the determination of liberal fascists to destroy all opposition, this has been increasingly obvious. Jonah Goldberg was optimistic in Liberal Fascism when he thought the liberal version was milder than the Italian one (in fairness, he was writing before the Fascist Messiah became the Despot of liberal dreams).

    An interesting further example is the recent revelation that the liberal campaign to drive away Rush Limbaugh sponsors was the work of 10 liberal fascist bloggers, led by the Executive Vice President of Media Matters and a Kent State professor, who make it a practice to spam small business sponsors with thousands of social media hate messages in order to make it impossible for them to function.

    • Jerry Richardson says:


      Would you quote or give a link to your junkyard dog song?

      • Timothy Lane says:

        Well, it’s from the upcoming FOSFAX, and I may have already included it in one of my song parody items. But here it is, anyway (parodying Jim Croce’s classic, “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”):

        The south side of Chicago
        Is the baddest part of town,
        And if you go down there
        You better just beware
        Of the gangster pol Barry Bam.
        Now, Barry hunted moolah,
        He gave it to his cronies fast.
        All the welfare mommies
        Call him Sugar Daddy;
        Tame newsmen just call him Lord.

        And it’s bad, bad Barry Bam,
        Baddest man in the whole damn land.
        Badder than Al Capone,
        And meaner that ol’ “Dead Fish” Rahm.

  2. Misanthropette says:

    Congratulations on reaching the milestone of 75. Many happy (and healthy) returns.

    What makes Emanuel’s article especially horrific is that the author is a physician, a profession dedicated to preventing and healing illnesses and prolonging life. What could anyone speculate about the character of a man willing to pervert the mission of his profession and argue against everything which would instill trust in his patients? One name comes to mind: Mengele.

    However, this type of thinking didn’t start with him, or recently. It began when the Supreme Court of the United States failed to decline hearing Roe v. Wade which would have kept the issue where it belonged: out of the scope of the federal government. Most states would have enacted bans on abortion. When the SCOTUS ruled that there are nebulous penumbras in our Constitution permitting a mother to kill her unborn child contravening thousands of years of civilized jurisprudence, well, that was the beginning of the end. Euthanasia, infanticide a la Gosnell were always certainties after Roe v. Wade. It was a question of time and enough precedent to ensure Roe’s survival. I guess that’s why I have no respect for the legal profession. Precedent is another word for the devil.

    This battle occupies more turf than mere politics. It is a fight to the death between good and evil, between right and wrong, and there is no room for failure. We have failed too long and 50+ million Americans do not exist because we have failed. The question now is whether we are willing to let another, different group of 50+ million Americans perish because we fear humiliation, reprisals, persecution and other consequences?

    The enemies of right aren’t members of any specific political party, they simply happen to predominate one. How many times have so-called conservatives chastised their fellow conservatives by insinuating “conservatism” can be carved up into fiefdoms consisting of fiscal or social policies or insisted that one is more important than the other? Winning is not everything. We can lose election battles, but still win the war. We need to channel some Churchillian resolve to fight on and never surrender.

    The most important battle is the repeal (not replacement) of Obamacare. If Republicans/conservatives will not fight that battle until we win its repeal, then conservatives have already lost.

    • Jerry Richardson says:

      Amen. And thank you for your excellent comments.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      Now you know why I say that modernist doctors should take the Mengelaic Oath rather than the Hippocratic Oath. One should remember that much of the problem comes from the discipline egregiously known as “bioethics” (which, as usual with liberals, actually deals with the opposite).

  3. Anniel says:

    Well, here some of us are, getting near, or even past, our “pull date.” No longer useful to our kids, grandkids, or society at large. Ezekiel may find his pull date comes faster than he thinks and what then? I’m willing to bet he isn’t as brave as he thinks. We could send him to some Eskimo Tribe that used to leave their elders out in the cold when their usefulness ended.

    • Timothy Lane says:

      To be fair, I doubt Ezekiel “Grimesby Roylott” Emanuel ever was useful, except as a propagandist for evil in the mold of Dr. Josef Goebbels. Perhaps an even better solution to him would be the East African tribal solution that Mike Resnick presented in his excellent Kirinyaga stories: leaving him out for the jackals and hyenas.

  4. GHG says:

    I’m 60. I guess I better enjoy my last 15 years before they pull the plug on me.

    This is the Twilight Zone becoming reality. Really heart wrenching to see what has become of our civilization.

    • Misanthropette says:

      Dear GHG,

      You may remember the Twilight Zone episode titled, “Obsolete” starring Burgess Meredith? I never realized how prescient Rod Serling was!

      • Timothy Lane says:

        To be precise, that was “The Obsolete Man”, with Meredith as the good guy and Fritz Weaver as the bad guy. (In the end, both were declared obsolete, for different reasons. Meredith, you may recall, was politically very incorrect — in particular, he kept and read a banned book, the Holy Bible. Weaver was obsolete because of his cowardice on public display.)


          It’s interesting that Emanuel’s obvious desire to have government sentence to death those it decrees to be of no further use reminded me of “The Obsolete Man” also. In response to Victor Davis Hanson’s covering of the Emanuel story in NRO, I wrote,

          “In fact, VDH makes the mistake of adopting the enemy’s fundamental premises when he points out that people over 75 can be productive, etc. The moral point is that it’s not for us to judge others as obsolete [further emphasis added] and for that to sentence them to death in the first place. Government’s job is to protect life, not to take it, and we as Conservatives must not forget that, or allow others to forget it.”

          GHG (and Jerry) are right: that is what our civilization, under the control of the Left, is coming to.

          • Timothy Lane says:

            Note that in the Twilight Zone episode, Meredith’s character had a useful skill (carpentry or some such), which is why they had let him live for so long despite holding undesirable views. Note too that
            Weaver’s character identified both Hitler and Stalin as precursors to their version of totalitarianism.

            The key, of course, is the realization that all people have individual worth. Collectivists only see value to society, so they judge people in a very utilitarian fashion. Richard Dawkins’s comments on Down’s syndrome babies reflect the same mindset as Rahm Emanuel’s even more despicable brother.

  5. David Ray says:

    An interesting “cut the red tape” scenario occurred during B. Hussein’s IRS purge.

    I heard of it over the radio, but am having trouble nailing it down. (If any of you find out please share the wealth. You gotta love the simple ingenuity of it.)

    The person cited how his group continually got denied the exempt status. Well . . . that was until he added the word “green” to his title. After that his application sailed through in about two weeks.

    • Jerry Richardson says:


      The person cited how his group continually got denied the exempt status. Well . . . that was until he added the word “green” to his title. After that his application sailed through in about two weeks. –David

      Very interesting comment. Would you say the IRS has been using some sort of document profiling?

    • Timothy Lane says:

      I don’t recall the details, but I definitely heard the same (or a similar) story as a first-hand account at the time. There was never any doubt that the IRS was acting as the Gangster-in-Chief’s enforcers. The fact that Slick Barry denied it could be considered further proof, given his record.

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