Sunday, January 13, 2008

POP Goes the Weasel

Political campaigns are run on a platform. The group behind the initiative to legalize assisted suicide in Washington State, the former Hemlock Society, announced their platform at the Secretary of State's office on Wednesday, January 9, 2008. Their platform: Platform Of Pity (POP). They paraded their poster boy, the crying and bereaved family members, a ghoulish Doctor, and a poetry reading past preacher.

They then proceeded to tell us why the initiative isn't about "suicide." One of the social workers in their group later told reporters that "suicide is only for the healthy." She went on to say "when someone is sick and ends their life it is not 'suicide.'" In other words, their goal is to push visceral public policy driven by emotions and based on weasel words.

Oh why?

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