Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
September 21, 2009
There has been some interest in my earlier series “Conditioning
By Music,” and one point I want to make is that the examples I
gave were just a few of the many that exist. For example, in addition
to songs like “That Old Black Magic,” there are other similar
ones like “Witchcraft” released in 1957 and made popular
by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and others. Look at the lyrics to the
song and ask yourself why would it be so popular? The words say:
Those fingers in my hair
That sly come hither stare
That strips my conscience bare
I’ve got no defense for it
The heat is too intense for it
What good would common sense for it do?
‘Cause its witchcraft, wicked witchcraft
And although, I know, it’s strictly taboo
When you arouse the need in me
My heart says yes indeed in me
Proceed with what you’re leading me to.
It’s such an ancient pitch
But one I wouldn’t switch
‘Cause there’s no nicer witch than you.
In addition, one can see conditioning by music today in such things as TV ads for certain medicines with possibly fatal side effects. The announcer recites the benefits of the medications in a slightly positive tone of voice, and then as the possibly deadly side effects (e.g., heart attack, stroke) are described, a soothing music might be played lessening the apprehension of the viewer/listener.
Relevant to my recent “A Falling Away” series, Joel Stein in TIME (August 17, 2009) wrote “Cheating Rocks!” and therein stated: “There is a dangerous anticheating sentiment in this country…. We need to stop pretending we are honest and instead be honest about cheating…. I have long been an advocate of cheating. It started when my dad fooled an IRS auditor….” And in Lisa Miller’s “We Are All Hindus Now” (Newsweek, August 24-31, 2009), she wrote: “Recent poll data show that conceptually at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity…. According to a 2008 Pew Forum survey, 65% of us believe that ‘many religions can lead to eternal life’ – including 37% of white evangelicals, the group most likely to believe that salvation is theirs alone.” Remember that President Obama has carried a replica of the Hindu monkey-god idol Hanuman in his pocket.]
A great deal of attention has been paid lately to President Obama’s proposals for national health care and Congressional efforts in that regard, especially H.R. 3200 (“America’s Affordable Health Choices Act”). In my article “A Falling Away, Part 2,” I referred to an August 11 column by Lee Siegel. While Siegel supports most of Obama’s proposals, he referred to an objectionable provision that could lead to euthanasia, and he noted that Obama’s regulatory czar Cass Sunstein is a disciple of euthanasia proponent Judge Richard Posner.
There have also been many references to Obama’s science czar John Holdren and his co-edited books Human Ecology (1973) and Ecoscience (1977) advocating compulsory control of family size or abortion or sterilization as part of a larger population control agenda. While Holdren now says he rejects any compulsory population control measures, important elements of Obama’s national care proposals and H.R. 3200 still seem to be taken from International Planned Parenthood’s agenda.
Concerning Planned Parenthood, at the same time Frederick Jaffe (Vice-President of Planned Parenthood-World Population) in March 1969 sent a memo of proposed measures to “improve national health care, with family planning a core element,… educate for family limitation,… and bonuses for greater child-spacing,” Dr. Richard L. Day (national medical director of Planned Parenthood from 1965 to 1968) delivered a speech which Dr. Lawrence Dunegan said referred to plans for limiting population increase and that euthanasia would be more accepted as the cost of medical care would intentionally be made burdensomely high.
Although Holdren now says he rejects forced population control measures, in his earlier writings he referred to measures that would pressure (though not force) people to accept certain population control measures (e.g., a capsule that could limit or space births with official permission). Relevant to H.R. 3200 today, Section 1233 mandates “Advance Care Planning Consultation,” where senior citizens who receive federal assistance for medical care will be required to receive “counseling” every five years. What kind of counseling might they receive? The bill says “palliative care and hospice” are among the recommendations that can be given. Anyone familiar with these terms knows that type of care is not designed to lead toward one’s recovery. When medical care is “rationed” as it is in nearly all Socialist nations, these types of “consultations” and “recommendations” are common.
To me, this sounds a little too close to Hitler’s “Action T4” (Tiergartenstrabe 4, Hitler’s euthanasia decree delivered in Berlin on September 1, 1939) which stated: “Reich Leader Bouhler and Dr. Brandt [Hitler’s personal physician] are charged with the responsibility for expanding the authority of physicians, to be designated by name, to the end that patients considered incurable according to the best available human judgment of their state of health, can be granted a mercy death.” (See poster here, and also look at Henry Friedlander’s The Origins of Nazi Genocide: From Euthanasia to the Final Solution and Michael Burleigh’s Death and Deliverance: “Euthanasia” in Germany, c. 1900-1945.)
Remember President Obama has called for a commission of experts who would determine “best practices,” including those at life’s end, and he didn’t deny those practices would be enforced by law when ABC’s Diane Sawyer asked him. Remember, too, that at a town hall meeting in June, President Obama suggested to the terminally ill and elderly, “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.” In other words, just go on and die, but kill the pain while you’re dying!
Also concerning H.R. 3200, Section 1713 of the bill on pages 767-768 refers to a “child (under 2 years of age), who is eligible for medical assistance under this title, but only to the extent determined by the Secretary based upon evidence that such services are effective in one or more of the following: (1) …increasing birth intervals between pregnancies.”
While I’m sure there are a number of benefits to spacing the birth of children, ask yourself why the government in health care legislation is taking the position that spacing is a good thing when there can be any number of good reasons for spacing not to occur (e.g., a woman has her first child later in life).
While Obama, Sunstein, Holdren and H.R. 3200 aren’t forcing the American people to do certain things regarding health care or population control, to me it’s unsettling to see government take positions or enact policies that “pressure” people “voluntarily” to do certain things in their private lives. Imagine where this precedent can lead! We already have seen government force people to wear seatbelts, even though some people have been killed because of them (e.g., the seatbelt trapped them in cars that were burning or submerging in water). And we have already seen the government sanction the killing of many innocent people like Terri Schiavo (even though what amounted to her assisted suicide was illegal in Florida).
What’s next? We don’t know for sure, but one must wonder why President Obama would pick a health advisor like Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel (chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel’s brother) unless he thought his ideas are within the bounds of consideration. While I’m sure Dr. Emanuel has some medical mainstream approaches, one should also at least be aware of his extreme views. For example, in the June 18, 2008 edition of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), he blamed the Hippocratic Oath for the “overuse” of medical care, saying its admonition to “use my power to help the sick to the best of my ability and judgment” should be tempered by consideration of “cost or effect on others.”
He favors a communitarian approach balancing the needs of individuals and the Society as a whole. Writing in the Hastings Center Report (November-December 1996), he explained that “covering services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic, and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”
More recently he and his co-authors in The Lancet (January 31, 2009) wrote about a “complete lives system” regarding how to allocate resources. Dr. Emanuel and his co-authors explained that “treating 65 year olds differently (than younger people)… because they have already had more life-years is not ageist.” And concerning near the beginning of life they wrote: “Adolescents have received substantial education and parental care, investments that will be wasted without a complete life. Infants, by contrast, have not received these investments…. As the legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin argues, ‘It is terrible when an infant dies, but worse most people think, when a three-year-old dies and worse still when an adolescent dies.’ This argument is supported by empirical surveys.”
Could this type of thinking reflect that of those who would be in charge of administering Obamacare in an ominous future? Perhaps it is worth noting at this point that in my booklet, Conspiracy (8th edition, February 2002), about the future, I wrote: “The Order trained Ministers of Euthanasia so that people would not suffer unnecessarily when their usefulness to The Order had ended. This was done by euthanasia chemical compositions patented by Michigan State University. On July 1, 1994 a law firm representing the university declared that the compositions were intended for use in lower animals, but then added: ‘If it should ever become legal to use the compositions on human beings, the patent claims should encompass the use of compositions of the present invention for this purpose.’ Funding for the university’s research in this project came from Hoechst AG, parent company of Roussel-Uclaf (developer of the RU-486 abortion pill) and stepchild of I.G. Farben, which manufactured the Nazi concentration camps’ gasses in the 1940s.” (Refer to my 4-part series “The Power Elite and the Secret Nazi Plan”).
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And if you think the so-called “watchdog” media would protest any autocratic policies emanating from President Obama, think again, since he has been given deity status by Newsweek editor-at-large Evan Thomas. Appearing on the TV show “Hardball” (June 9, 2009), Thomas stated: “I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the above the country, above – above the world. He’s sort of God.” Thomas with Rhodes scholar Walter Isaacson (of TIME magazine) in 1986 co-authored The Wise Men about six powerful CFR members. Thomas also (on the phone) tried to laugh off my inquiries about Newsweek twice referring to top Pentagon officials who on September 10, 2001 suddenly cancelled their travel plans for the morning of 9/11!
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