Sharron Angle’s lemons, lemonade, and medicine
4 October 2010
Sharron Angle’s run to replace Harry Reid in the US Senate is hardly the only alarming political race this fall, but it’s certainly full of appallingly awful quotes about her positions. Take abortion, which Angle opposes in all cases, even when a child has been raped and impregnated. “I think that two wrongs don’t make a right,” Angle told the interviewer Alan Stock back in July. She described having helped two girls, aged 13 and 15, decide to bear their children. “They found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade,” she concluded. For Angle, the rights of a fetus (even when as tiny as a few cells) outweigh those of a child raped by her father. “You know, I’m a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things,” Angle told Bill Mander in a June interview.
Once she put it like that (“a lemon situation” was especially eloquent) I was completely won over — because what she’s really advocating here is the END OF MEDICINE. I mean, God’s plan has given a lot of people cancer, which is a life form a lot more tenacious than most embryos; we need to stop trying to cure it. God has also given people plaque to clog up their veins and leads to strokes and heart attacks — don’t tell me that God didn’t mean for those people to get suffer. And while we’re on the subject, it was God’s will to give you a headache while you listened to radically anti-choice Ken Buck (running for Senate from Colorado) trying to weasel out of his support for a bill that would outlaw IVF treatments and many common forms of birth control — so you just have to live with that headache. If we take this argument seriously — and who wouldn’t? — we need to stop using medicine altogether. See that image of the brain tumor? Seems like a lemon situation to me!
Our country’s health care problem has been solved, and oh so cheaply. Now I understand why Angle spoke up advocating privatizing the Veterans Administration, which helps vets with prescriptions and visits to the doctor — we don’t need the VA because we don’t need medicine. Sure, she backed away from that position, but only because people didn’t get its true brilliance. And this argument works on so many levels. Can the Nobel Peace Prize be far behind?