The Ron Paul library, and the war on drugs

   People keep saying go to the Ron Paul library and see what he says.  You’ll be inspired, you’ll change your tune, you’ll have a bluebird on your shoulder…its the truth…its actual…everything is satisfactual.   Uhhhhh…wrong.   I went, and perusing just one issue I find more of the nonsense that I’ve come to expect from this radical right wing, my-cronies-are all-that-matter zealot.

   The above link takes you straight to an article about the governments war on drugs, but if you hit the little X up in the right hand corner of your screen it will take you to the homepage.  What really sickens me about this article is that I’ve dealt with chronic pain.  i had a doctor shovelling pills at me till they were coming out my ears.  When he broke out the 40mg Oxycontin I decided I’d had enough.  I switched doctors.  While he had no miracle cures, he used non-drug methods for dealing with the pain that eventually restored me to a somewhat healthy existence.

    In any group of people you will have those that are inclined to break the rules.  No hippocratic oath is going to change that, and the DEA should be going after these doctors that work like vending machines to put painkillers in mass quantities on the street.  His anecdotal evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the governent is the same old  “look here, don’t look behind the green curtain” trick that politicians are always playing.  There are criminally negligent pill dispensers disguised as doctors all over the country, and the health care system is so rife with fraud and corruption that, wow, we’re getting clobbered by health care costs.  Your almost free market health care system at work.

   I’m sorry Ron.  Your continued efforts to make everything fit in your little idea of government is tending to sicken me, and your rabid defense of all doctors is disturbing as hell.  You can’t see the problem, and since it’s your professional peers that must mean there isn’t one.   You may be as honest as the day is long, but at least in this article your integrity isn’t the issue.  Your ignorance is.

9 Responses to The Ron Paul library, and the war on drugs

  1. Your point is very well made and very well taken, criminyjicket.

    And yet I think the healthcare system in this country can hardly be described as free-market or even “almost free-market.” Surely the fact that you were so easily able to switch doctors is indicative of something: in socialized countries, these manifold options do not exist — in part because of the so-called brain-drain, but also because people simply aren’t as incentived to become doctors.

    The antisocialist vehemently believes that it’s the patient’s absolute responsibility to educate himself concerning his health. The buyer-beware principle applies as much to health as it does to anything else, if not more so.

    Below, if you’ll permit, I’ve included a link (in two parts) to an extraordinarily interesting and intelligent discussion about healthcare. It’s audio only, a radio show that lasts about forty-five minutes, and if you or any of your good readers have time, listen to this. It’s not exactly the same-old-same-old you’re used to. In fact, it goes very deep.

    Best of all possible regards.

  2. JanieBelle says:

    I’m with you on Congressman Paul, CJ.

    The more I know about the little bizarro Napoleon guy, the less I like him, and the more adamant I am that he should never even see the inside of the White House, let alone occupy it.

    Not that there’s really any danger whatsoever of that happening, but still.

  3. bhday says:

    Medicine in general is a dying art. It’s been perverted into an industry that serves corporate interests at the expense of individuals. The profit is in disease, and continued addiction. Not wellness — no one makes money if you’re not going to the doctor and taking your meds.

    At least you were intelligent and insightful enough to realize that your physician’s “plan” wasn’t working. But the bottom line is that no government can protect you, or anyone else, from that predicament. Congratulations — you’re a grownup. Other people need to grow up too.

    Medicine is nowhere near a free market. I trained as a physician, although I no longer practice. Just try practicing in the most socialized, and most regulated, industry in the world. Try to justify prolonged absence from family and friends dealing with patients who can’t see past their symptoms to the root causes of their chronic afflictions.

    MD: “I’m sorry, if you don’t take better care of yourself, you’re going to die an early, slow, miserable death.” PT: “Isn’t there some pill you can give me?”

    PT: “I get around a lot and am always getting these nasty infections.” MD: “Have you ever thought of exercising a bit more restraint?”

    Dude. Life’s too short. There are situations where medicine is rewarding — where we battle malignancy and win, fix a traumatic head injury, or fight an infection that would otherwise kill someone before his time. But the vast majority of our healthcare spending is treating the symptoms of our nation’s slow-motion suicide through poor lifestyle choices.

    I’m still confused, though. How does the Ron Paul’s opposition to the “war on drugs” relate to your being overdosed on opiates? Would you prefer that the government start enforcing the “healthy lifestyle” habits necessary to improve our healthcare system? Perhaps we can start a Department of Pizza Allocation to ensure that meat lover’s pizza and other unhealthy foods are only eaten once a month, and then with copious salad.

    I don’t think big government is the solution, but I do think lack of personal responsibility (or perhaps idiocy or nihilism) is a big part of the problem.

  4. hi Barry. I agree completely with what you say here. My issue is with Ron Paul’s seeming effort to exclude the possibility that some physicians are criminals. He has a way of not saying things that matter, and this is one of those cases. Rather than admit that their isa problem with drug pushing by nefarious physicians, he chooses to anecdotally defend the profession.

  5. bhday says:

    When I was a kid, their was a local cardiologist in town whose reputation was legendary. Word was that he took off a patient’s belt in the exam room, cut it to an appropriate length for the patient’s height, and fired the patient until he could come back wearing the new size.

    By today’s standards, that behavior would probably be characterized as “criminal”. But after further reflection, the doc was right. Only the patient could make the necessary changes to fix his problem.

    I’d hesitate to call even your physician a criminal. He’s just ignorant, and a product of his training. Medical training today only aspires to teach “technical” solutions to treat symptoms, not “adaptive” solutions that help the patient individually deal with his problem. The adaptive solutions require real individualized thought, real doctor/patient communication, and generally much more time.

    Doctors aren’t compensated for a holistic perspective. In fact, in most environments, physicians are economically punished for even attempting such behavior.

    I can understand your perspective based upon your experience. But don’t criminalize the physician because he’s ignorant and following the “standard of care”. At least criminalize the system that accepts the behavior, and at best (as you did) accept responsibility for your own well-being and fire the physician.

    Until we get to a patient-directed market where people understand that they control, in most cases, their use of healthcare resources for chronic disease, and that they are responsible for optimizing their health and wellness, we’ll continue to have a system that feeds the corporate interests. I don’t see any other candidate who is close to Ron Paul from that perspective.

  6. hi Barry. More than this one physician, I’m looking at the profession as a whole. While Ron Paul makes no allowance in his speech for the possibility that some physicians may be acting criminally. Now, human experi9ence would tell us that based on probability SOME physicians are violating the criminal code concerning narcotics.

    The fact that Ron Paul won’t even allow for the assumption of the obvious leaves a very strong question mark in my mind as to this mans ability to reason.

  7. Brad says:

    I agree that there are corrupt doctors out there but there is also a corrupt war on drugs manufacturing criminals out of innocent doctors. I have an article on my blog right now about one.

    There is also a more in depth analysis on my sidebar titled “Treating Doctors as Drug Dealers”…

    As a former chronic pain patient and impassioned writer, I would love your perspective on this essay.

  8. Hi Brad. I’d enjoy reading it, but I don’t have any idea where your blog is.

    thanks for your comment

  9. Brad says:

    sorry, CJ I thought for some reason that my name or picture linked to it… you should be familiar enough with my blog, ha.

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