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Accentuating the Liberal in Classical Liberal: Advocating Ascendency of the Individual & a Politick & Literature to Fight the Rise & Rise of the Tax Surveillance State. 'Illigitum non carborundum'.

Liberty and freedom are two proud words that have been executed from the political lexicon: they were frog marched and stood before a wall of blank minds, then forcibly blindfolded, and shot, with the whimpering staccato of ‘equality’ and ‘fairness’ resounding over and over. And not only did this atrocity go unreported by journalists in the mainstream media, they were in the firing squad.

The premise of this blog is simple: the Soviets thought they had equality, and welfare from cradle to grave, until the illusory free lunch of redistribution took its inevitable course, and cost them everything they had. First to go was their privacy, after that their freedom, then on being ground down to an equality of poverty only, for many of them their lives as they tried to escape a life behind the Iron Curtain. In the state-enforced common good, was found only slavery to the prison of each other's mind; instead of the caring state, they had imposed the surveillance state to keep them in line. So why are we accumulating a national debt to build the slave state again in the West? Where is the contrarian, uncomfortable literature to put the state experiment finally to rest?

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Euthanasia: Lecretia Seale’s First Day at High Court: Will Busy-Bodies Butt Out Please.

 Let me be forthright: Lecretia and her supporters can’t have anything to do with me - I’m taking a liberty referencing by her first name - because look at my blog; I’m a hot head. I see no reason to be nice, or play the game, with these politicians who have proven themselves to be compassionless, cruel bastards, and yes, cowards.

One of the bedrocks of a free society is that if someone is not harming you and wants to be left alone, then leave them alone, you have no business in their life. We truly are a nation of interfering busy-bodies and nanny-statists.

I’ve written on Lecretia Seale before: she’s a 41 year old lawyer, dying of brain tumours, taking her case to die with dignity – if that becomes her wish - to the High Court. Yesterday she had her first day in court, and it was cruel farce. Lecretia has always said this is her case, for her alone, dealing with her circumstances, it’s not meant to be precedent setting, and that was wise because she doesn’t have time for a drawn out case. Yet despite this her first day was held up by three applicants wanting to have their say in her case: the Care Alliance, the Human Rights Commission and the Voluntary Euthanasia Society.

I agree with the latter group, but butt out of her trial please. This is the one venue we don’t grandstand.

What the hell is the Human Rights Commission doing here? Yet another bloated taxpayer funded commissariat sticking in its oar where not wanted: bugger off.

And the Care Society: I’ve dealt with them in the body of my original post on Lecretia: they don’t actually care much at all; certainly not about an individual’s liberty, plus they are conflicted, in my opinion, by self-interest. You lot can bugger off also: just stick to what you do well, palliative care – even though that has huge holes in it, doesn’t it – morphine is not the cure-all for pain, and often is beside the point: some of us want to die with dignity when life degrades to what is not acceptable to us individually, that may well not be related to issues of palliative care at all.

I reiterate my oft made point: we self-manage our own health issues throughout our lives; managing our deaths is merely the final decision in that adult process. More, euthanasia will be voluntary, therefore if you don’t agree, your opinion is immaterial to the law: no one is forcing you. And I say that particularly to the Stone Age Faithers who would have us all suffer for their fairy tale God – grow up and grow a heart.

[Calming myself down.]

Anyway, Lecretia, or mainly her supporters, are keeping an excellent blog, Lecretia’s Choice: please read, bookmark and support it. And note that word: choice. This is a rights issue second (a Lecretia issue first).

Yesterday Lecretia’s husband Matt, who is now on leave from work to support her, posted his impressions of their first day in the High Court. Read that in total, please, but I want to point out two matters. Firstly, pertaining to the three busy-body organisations above, wise words:

I respect that all of these parties have plenty to say on the issue, but that belongs in the realm of public debate. Nothing I heard in the court today suggested to me that they would add anything to Lecretia’s particular case except complexity. These people have agendas, and they don’t belong in the courtroom, arguing over my wife’s fate, which is all that this case is about.

What angers me is that my wife faces a long, drawn-out, undignified death, and these applicants, if admitted, will almost certainly subject my wife to a long, drawn-out and uncomfortable trial. She doesn’t have time for that.

And secondly, the point I have been making in every increasingly frustrated euthanasia post in this blog since Labour leader David Cunliffe made MP Maryan Street pull her wonderful and wise dying with dignity bill before last year’s general election – a bill now kicked to oblivion under gutless new Labour leader Andrew Little. On the cowardice oozing from our Fortress of Legislation over this important issue – for those dying, there is no more important issue - Matt writes:

The judge will make a decision by Friday as to whether the applicants will be permitted to intervene. I really hope he will agree to keep the scope of the case to my wife’s plea, and leave the wider societal debate on assisted dying to be addressed by politicians, who should be the ones looking at the issue more broadly. Their silence is starting to appear cowardly. Their inaction is precisely why my wife has been forced to spend her precious remaining days pursuing this case through the courts. It’s time for politicians to do their job, so that people like Lecretia don’t have to take these sorts of actions.

Let me be forthright: Lecretia and her supporters can’t have anything to do with me - I’m taking a liberty referencing by her first name - because look at my blog; I’m a hot head. I see no reason to be nice, or play the game, with these politicians who have proven themselves to be compassionless, cruel, heartless bastards, and yes, cowards.


To Labour leader (albeit anything but) Andrew Little for quashing Maryan Street’s excellent bill: you cowardly callous bastard.

To Prime Minister John Key for promising in the heat of the moment last year a watered down version of Street’s bill, now totally forgotten: you cowardly callous bastard.

To David Seymour, leader of New Zealand’s supposedly only classical liberal party who’s only reply to me so far is he’s a bit offended at my approach: you cowardly callous egotistical bastard. You of everyone stand for an individual’s rights, David, pull your head out of your arse and do something other than toadying up to big government and sending me newsletters.

Each of you men is happy, yes, happy, that’s the only word I can think of, to leave this crucial issue to souls with no options left, such as Lecretia,  consigning them to waste the remaining journey of their lives to pleading for a right which should be theirs – ours - of right. You rotten brutes; seriously, why are any of you even in politics if not for this?!

And you bet this is important with every survey conducted showing New Zealander’s overwhelmingly want this right:

To Lecretia, her husband and supporters; may you get the humane treatment by a judge at the High Court that seems impossible from that waste of space in Wellington, the minds of our elected officials in the Fortress.

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