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NewsReal Sunday: Jack Kevorkian, Areligious Fanatic

Posted on September 6 2009 7:41 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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“Kill ‘em all and let God sort it out.”  So goes the old Green Beret war cry.  It’s the kind of gallows humor that soldiers (and cops) are known for.  In this case, it’s especially ironic, since few warrior units in history have as good a track record of sparing innocent lives as the men who imbed with indigenous populations and help them take out the bad guys.

For Jack Kevorkian, the motto is apparently just “Kill ‘em all.”  He firmly declares there is no God to do the sorting.

In a recent interview on Your World with Neil Cavuto, Dr. Death declared life not worth living for the entire populations of Iraq and Afghanistan.  “Ask them if they — if they were glad to be born,” he challenged the host who had been exploring the issue of whether Kervorkian thought his own life worthwhile.

Cavuto, who adopted a bemused attitude that masterfully kept Kevorkian chattering away and smiling at inappropriate times (for normal people, anyway) was a little nonplussed at that statement and broke for a commercial.

Jack was also predictably sanguine about the idea of death panels and pulling the plug on Grandma.

CAVUTO: Many are saying that one key aspect of this health care reform they are looking at, Dr. Kevorkian, is these so-called panels that would meet with the elderly and discuss life and end-of-life options. Sarah Palin has called them the death panels. What do you call them?

KEVORKIAN: Well, the death panel makes it sound so negative. See, again, it’s all a fear tactic. There will be a panel, but a panel of physicians. Not religious people, not ethicists, physicians. Because a physician is the only one qualified to evaluate the medical condition of the patient, and the only one qualified to decide if the patient’s wish is worthy of action.

The Bible says that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  But despite his insistence that he is a man of logic and science, Jack Kevorkian proves himself a man of dogma.

It is a scientific principle that one cannot prove a negative.  Kevorkian, however, leaves no wiggle room at the notion of God.  Perhaps, this is “the substance of things hoped for.”  Jack Kevorkian has a lot invested in the idea that there is no judgment beyond the grave.

CAVUTO: So when Jack Kevorkian dies, you’re not going anywhere?  it’s done, you’re dead, right?

KEVORKIAN: Yes, you’re going into the ground and you’re going to stink for a while and then you’re going to go into the ground.

CAVUTO: So this obsession we have about death and fear we have about death, what do you think of that?

KEVORKIAN: It’s to control.  You know, the British writer Ouida said it nicely. Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the pagan. So you see it’s a terrible thing. You know, the big enemy is death. Everybody talks that way when they talk religion. It affects everybody, they’re going to all experience it.

You mean God was cruel enough to make sure he gave you something in the end of life that’s going to scare the devil out of you?…

BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: What you can’t do, or you can, but you should not do, is start saying things like, “we want to set up death panels to pull the plug on grandma.” I mean, come on.


CAVUTO: What did you make of that?

KEVORKIAN: That is how the religious people think because their mind is kind of in a straitjacket, you know. Religion puts your mind in a straitjacket. You can’t say what is not in creed. Emerson said it nicely. He said, “As prayers are the weakness of the will, so are creeds’ — prayers are a weakness of — of something. Creeds are a weakness of will. All religion is to make you to conform to a different way of thinking that you feel naturally.

Later, Cavuto explored Kevorkian’s feelings about his own life.  What is instructive about the conversation is how quickly it goes from the personal, to deciding whole populations in the words of Randy Newman, “got no reason to live.”

KEVORKIAN: Call me anything you want. Call Clarence Darrow an atheist. Call Johannes Brahms an atheist. Call me anything you want. All I know is I do not believe in mythology. I do not accept mythology as the basis for my actions or basis for law. And we are based on mythology.

CAVUTO: But I guess the reason why I ask, Doctor,is you had also said, as someone who — who had never been married, never had children, I think you said that you had never loved, that: “I would rather not have been born. Who needed this god-dang going to jail and all this trouble? You know, what good did it do? It doesn’t do any good anyway.”

That sounded like a guy almost ready to cash it in.

KEVORKIAN: Well, that’s because of your — I am not — I — I’m realistic. That’s what saves me. I — I felt that way long ago. I analyzed it as a kid. I was about 10 or 11 years old.

I says, is it worth going through all of this?

No. And all my life, I said had I had a choice, I would have chosen not to be born.

What’s wrong with that?

CAVUTO: Do you still…


CAVUTO: … feel that way?

KEVORKIAN: I — there was no misery.

CAVUTO: Do you — after all you’ve been through, do you still feel that way?

KEVORKIAN: Yes. As long as I’m healthy…

CAVUTO: That it would have been better had Dr. Jack Kevorkian never been born?

KEVORKIAN: Had I never been born and I was a — I mean if I being born, as long as I’m not pained — in pain or suffering or terribly depressed chronically, I would say it’s worth going on. But when the time comes when it’s not worth going on, no. I would say then, it would have been better, perhaps, if I’d never been born. I don’t think the ups and downs are even. I think the downs in life are greater than the ups.

CAVUTO: Has it been that kind of life?

KEVORKIAN: It’s for, I think every — talk to people in Iraq, Afghanistan. Ask them if they — if they were glad to be born.

Later, we were treated to Jack Kevorkian’s philosophy of government.

KEVORKIAN: Well, I do not know if I would have none of it, but I would not have the degree we have now. Look it, you cannot transgress a natural right. That is the problem in this country. Natural rights are not honored.

The founding fathers founded this country based on natural rights, you are born with them. They are not created by law. You cannot transfer them to anybody. You are born with them until you die. You want to prove it? Look at a baby, the most free person in the world. Try to dictate to a baby what is illegal. Try to make a baby stop something because it is illegal. Try to say, “You cannot urinate there.”

That’s a fact, Jack.  But actually, a baby is the least free person on the world—and the most dependent.  A baby doesn’t care where it pees, but it also cannot eat or move without the assistance of others.  But in Kevorkian’s twisted world, freedom only means freedom from convention.  A frightening number of Michigan voters cast votes for this guy for Congress…

Then Dr. Death decided to dazzle the audience with his rhetorical skills.  Check out Cavuto’s expression—actually, check out Kervorkian’s throughout this whole interview, whenever the subject of death comes up, don’t just read the transcript excerpts.  I’m no psychiatrist, but…

KEVORKIAN: When you transplant a heart from a baboon into a baby, as we did, and you say the body of that baby is sacred, does that profane heart from the baboon become sacred when you place it in the body? Or when you take out a gallbladder and throw it in the garbage, is that a sacred gallbladder in the garbage, or as soon as it is out of its body it loses its sanctity?

You see the silliness of our mythology? Children ask the questions I’m just asking now. The trouble is, children get slapped for asking questions like that because they have no defense. But you can’t slap me. I can ask the question. It’s a logical question.

You say the body is sacred. What do you mean by that. It is Godlike, divine? Then all of your organs are, your intestines are, and they must have divine contents, too, your intestines, can you imagine that?

No, I really can’t.

I also can’t imagine that for about a decade, Jack Kevorkian was a liberal hero. In Michigan, his staunchest defender was left wing attorney Geoffrey Fieger– who bought the Democrat nomination for Governor, but was defeated in a landslide– and Dr. Death was the poster boy of the Hichigan ACLU.

In his book United in Hate, Jamie Glazov discusses how hard core leftist “true believers” are attracted to the purveyors of death.  On a smaller scale, Kevorkian was also peddling utopia—suffering is unnecessary, and as soon as you’re not enjoying life anymore, it’s your right to check out.

Actually, he’s not that much nuttier than some of the current Administration’s appointments…

and we don’t have a Surgeon General that’s been confirmed by the Senate yet…

And Jack Kevorkian’s philosophy would certainly fit in with the medical advice given below:

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