When I read this article shared by Ms. S.H., I honestly thought we had reached a new low for the utter shamelessness, and utter disregard, for the idea of individual freedom and property rights that usually wafts - malodorously - from the corridors of power, for this one is a stunner:
Of course, to make all of this sound acceptable and "compassionate" (favorite terms to bandy around whenever they want to take your property, or make another anti-freedom, anti-human grab for your life or those of your loved ones), this is only being done or advocated for those who have died:
Connecticut State Sen. Ted Kennedy Jr. (D-Branford) — son of former U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) — wants to give state government control over what happens to citizens’ organs after they die.
Kennedy recently introduced SB 750, which would automatically enroll Connecticut’s citizens in the organ donation program.
Organ donation has been traditionally something that one opts into, but under the Kennedy bill, one would have to opt out of the program:
As is the case in most states, citizens currently must choose to opt into the organ donor program. Were SB 750 to pass, however, the state would automatically assume a citizen’s consent and could harvest his organs after death, unless he went through the proactive process of opting out of the program beforehand.
The comes the oddest statement of all, this time from a Connecticut state Republican Senator (aren't Republicans an extinct species in the northeast? anyway...)
“It’s a bill that would seem to indicate that the state owns your body unless you say otherwise,” said state Sen. Joe Markley (R-Southington).
Now, as you can imagine, all this has my high octane speculation working in overdrive. Consider just that last statement: "It's a bill that would seem to indicate that the state owns your body unless you say otherwise." How convenient: you get to identify yourself as someone opposed to the state parceling you out after your death. Much of the opposition to transplants comes from religious people whose religions view the body as a temple of God, not to be parceled out or desecrated: Judaism, Islam, Christianity all have views of this nature. So for these people, this bill would have you identify yourself as having scruples against what the state dictates about your own body. Now, I can think of all sorts of reasons that this "opt-out" idea is bad to begin with, not to mention the bill itself. But after all, it's coming from the "powers that be", so we shouldn't be too surprised that they want to seize not only our wealth, but our organs. After all, our organs are wealth. Now this seems to me to resemble another little socialist scheme from the past; it sounds vaguely like the way the Nazis viewed the piles of corpses in their concentration camps: as sources of wealth to be harvested: silver and gold in the teeth, hair for wigs and pillows, skin for lampshades, a little body fat for soap... one could make a pile of money. Too bad they didn't think of organ harvesting... Nothing of the body is sacred, everything is to be harvested in the perfect, scientifically run technocracy, and for those who can afford it: buy a heart - or several - and circumvent the transplant regulations if you're super superwealthy... (hmm... that reminds me of someone recently in the news, but I can't place the name...). It's Soylent Green, Auschwitz Tea, Belsen Burgers, blended with the very best nutrients...