before the nazis began pitching jews into the death camps and the ovens, they started with another group of german citizens- the mentally ill and physically disabled. hitler, who knew exactly what he wanted to do to the german nation a long time before he became der furer ( 'mein kampf' was written in 1925 while he was in prison after the failed munich coup), was famous for noting that no one batted an eye about the genocide of the armenians by the turks ( and our sitting president still does not recognize this genocide- 100 years on). he began his grand scheme for ethnic cleansing for the good of the aryan race, a cornerstone of nazi ideology, by a forced sterilization campaign followed by rounding up those germans found to not cut the genetic and health mustard and killing them.
eugenics was quite a popular subject of research circa early 1900 through the 1930s world wide . america had numerous proponents and carried out more forced sterilizations of those deemed' abnormal' at one point than any other country. it was survival of the fittest applied to living breathing human beings for the genetic benefit of the race and to SAVE MONEY which could be used for and by healthy humans who contributed more to society and the state. it was part of a movement to try to breed humans as if they were fancy show dogs ( in point of fact the nazis even set up breeding programs for aryans using SS members). it ended in the cull of those the state deemed unfit.
the nazis passed a sterilization law in 1934. always sticklers for elaborate legalese and a patina of the rule of law to coat their enacted barbaric policies, they placed their justifications within the law:
"Since the National Revolution public opinion has become increasingly preoccupied with questions of demographic policy and the continuing decline in the birthrate. However, it is not only the decline in population which is a cause for serious concern but equally the increasingly evident genetic composition of our people. Whereas the hereditarily healthy families have for the most part adopted a policy of having only one or two children, countless numbers of inferiors and those suffering from hereditary conditions are reproducing unrestrainedly while their sick and asocial offspring burden the community."
they began with those already in asylums and other care facilities. most of those sterilized had been diagnosed as being 'feebleminded', but epilepsy, schizophrenia, any of the genetic syndromes, any of the recognized mental illnesses and even being branded ' deviant' socially- including homosexuality- could led to forced government fixing. the law was secretly used for a racialist purpose-the forced sterilization on the sly of the african/german( Halfryans?) offspring of colonial soldiers.
"Although the 'Sterilization Law' sometimes functioned arbitrarily, the semblance of legality underpinning it was important to the Nazi regime. More than 200 Hereditary Health Courts were set up across Germany and later, annexed territories. Each was made up of two physicians and one district judge. Doctors were required to register with these courts every known case of hereditary illness. Appeals courts were also established, but few decisions were ever reversed. Exemptions were sometimes given artists or other talented persons afflicted with mental illnesses. The 'Sterilization Law' was followed by the Marriage Law of 1935, which required for all marriages proof that any offspring from the union would not be afflicted with a disabling hereditary disease."-Nazi Persecution of the Mentally and Physically Disabled/ virtual jewish library-http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/disabled.html
once hitler began attacking other countries militarily, he used it as a cover to begin murdering the same people targeted by the sterilization laws. these unhealthy sick people and 'idiots' were using up hospital beds and doctors and supplies needed by fighting men and the rest of the country. there was no formal euthanasia law because the nazis thought it would elicit resistance to their policies. in 1939 by decree hitler allowed physicians to euthanize people without consequence. it was called Operation T-4.
"Physicians, the most highly Nazified professional group in Germany, were key to the success of 'T-4', since they organized and carried out nearly all aspects of the operation. One of Hitler's personal physicians, Dr. Karl Brandt, headed the program, along with Hitler's Chancellery chief, Philip Bouhler. T-4 targeted adult patients in all government or church-run sanatoria and nursing homes. These institutions were instructed by the Interior Ministry to collect questionnaires about the state of health and capacity for work of all their patients, ostensibly as part of a statistical survey.
The completed forms were, in turn, sent to expert assessors physicians, usually psychiatrists, who made up 'review commissions.' They marked each name with a '+,' in red pencil, meaning death, or a '-' in blue pencil, meaning life, or "?" for cases needing additional assessment. These medical experts rarely examined any of the patients and made their decisions from the questionnaires alone. At every step, the medical authorities involved were usually expected to quickly process large numbers of forms.
The doomed were bused to killing centers in Germany and Austria...
Meticulous records discovered after the war documented 70,273 deaths by gassing at the six "euthanasia" centers between January 1940 and August 1941. (This total included up to 5,000 Jews; all Jewish mental patients were killed regardless of their ability to work or the seriousness of their illness.) A detailed report also recorded the estimated savings from the killing of institutionalized patients."
people were informed that their loved ones were being moved to different institutions. then notices went out that these patients had died of some made up ailment. the program started to target the elderly. people aren't stupid and doctors and church leaders with integrity still existed and complained. the death houses, the first nazi extermination camps really, were on german soil and the populace figured out what was going on. suspended in 1941, operation t-4 was literally dismantled and shipped east - applied to the Final Solution with chilling efficacy. the sterilization and subsequent eradication of the genetically ' compromised', mentally ill, socially deviant and ' feebleminded' was the very blueprint for the infernal machinery of the Holocaust.
"The 'euthanasia' killings continued, however, under a different, decentralized form. Hitler's regime continued to send to physicians and the general public the message that mental patients were 'useless eaters' and 'life unworthy of life.' ... Doctors were encouraged to decide on their own who should live or die, Killing became part of hospital routine as infants, children, and adults were put to death by starvation, poisoning, and injections. Killings even continued in some of Germany's mental asylums, such as Kaufbeuren, weeks after Allied troops had occupied surrounding areas."-jewish virtual library.
finally tally: up to 400,000 sterilized. up to 250,000 murdered- all deemed by the nazi government as a drain to the state, the economy and the health, physical and racial, of the nation. these were nazis. this was under hitler. the largest form of opposition to these policies within nazi germany officially came only from the roman catholic church and a handful of individual protestant clergymen and some doctors.
dr. ezekiel emanuel is brother to obama's head gangsta thug i.e. chief of staff rahm emanuel and has been instrumental in forming the white house's objectives and ideals for their health care policies. he is the health policy advisor to the office of management and budget and a member of the council on comparative research. dr. ezekial emmanuel sounds like a doctor lifted right out of the nazi t-4 operation. he has mouthed all the same reasons and principles that were behind the nazi movement to cleanse and strengthen the race by allowing the death of or even causing the death of those superfluous human beings that cost society money but do not render unto the state its due. it's not the ' well dressed mob' of health care protesters carrying the swastika aloft- it's obama, rahm and eziekiel emanuel and everyone who supports the' healthy americans act' as it is currently written. sarah palin is completely justified in saying they are supporting and trying to impliment a great evil.
the council on comparative research was something slipped into the stimulus 'recovery' bill. it's purpose is connected to the administration's hopes and ambitions for their once health care now insurance reform- to fund research for and collect data related to controlling health care costs, largely the costs and use of drug and device interventions i.e. what we call medical treatment. republican senators balked at this- claiming it was geared toward setting guidelines for rationing care under any future government intervention into health care. they attempted to amend the bill to block the use of the council to ration care in any health care reform and were voted down- stigmatized as misinterpreting the purpose of the council which it was claimed would in no way be involved in ' rationing care'. later the national institutes of health would admit, once the bill passed intact, that it was all about rationing care.
"Cost-effectiveness research will provide accurate and objective information to guide future policies that support the allocation of health resources for the treatment of acute and chronic diseases across the lifespan." - Acting Director of the NIH, Raynard Kington to the House Committee on Appropriations
no one is more frighteningly nazi-like in articulating how health costs can be contained-and it's not through free markets and reduction of fraud or bitch slapping evil insurance companies and tonsillectomy happy doctors- it's through rationing health care and services based upon perceived ability to contribute the most to the state determining the level of treatment one receives- than the head of the council created in the recovery bill, dr. ezekial emanuel:
on rationing and the elderly and disabled- people like your grandma with a heart condition and a walker or tig palin who has down's syndrome:
"Such an approach accepts a two-tiered health system-some citizens will receive only basic services while others will receive both basic and some discretionary health services… Substantively, it suggests services that promote the continuation of the polity-those that ensure healthy future generations, ensure development of practical reasoning skills, and ensure full and active participation by citizens in public deliberations-are to be socially guaranteed as basic. Conversely, services provided to individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens are not basic and should not be guaranteed. An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia.”- ezekial emanuel
alzheimers- no health care for you, you're not cost effective and worth care. fuck that hippocratic oath- it's not about saving lives it's all about saving money. health care means saving money and not wasting it on old biddies and the feebleminded.
he has no problem seeing this as not morally nor legally wrong even if to the point of causing ( or heaven for fend advocating ' end of life counseling', right? see: healthy americans act, house version section Section 1233 ) death through withholding of medical services:
"Unlike allocation by sex or race, allocation by age is not invidious discrimination; every person lives through different life stages rather than being a single age. Even if 25-year-olds receive priority over 65-year-olds, everyone who is 65 years now was previously 25 years"-dr, ezekiel emanuel (Lancet, Jan. 31).
“When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged between roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get chances that are attenuated.” This may be justified by public opinion, since “broad consensus favours adolescents over very young infants, and young adults over very elderly people.”-ezekiel emanuel
he goes beyond kicking the old foggies into the grave and presumably allowing the 'nonproductive' and lazy good for nothing babies to die off rather than get needed medical care to pointing out which professions might be afforded more of a right to care and life in a government controlled health system:
"Social Value Allocation” prioritizes specific individuals to enable them to promote other important values, or rewards them for having promoted these values. In view of the multiplicity of reasonable values in society and in view of what is at stake, social value allocation must not legislate socially conventional, mainstream values.”
“Allocators must also avoid directing interventions earmarked for health needs to those not relevant to the health problem at hand, which covertly exacerbates scarcity. For instance, funeral directors might be essential to preserving health in an influenza pandemic, but not during a shortage of intensive-care beds. For instance, former organ donors seem to deserve reciprocity since they make a serious sacrifice and since there is no surplus of organ donors. By contrast, laboratory staff who serve as vaccine production workers do not incur serious risk nor are they irreplaceable, so reciprocity seems less appropriate for them.”- dr ezekiel emanuel
obama has put this monstrous fascist ideologue into important government positions that seek to define and control forced ' health care' for the entire populous. if you read the health reform bill(http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3200/text) and are not scared shitless, read what this man thinks of as appropriate government quantification of your worthiness to live and access health services . state with a straight face that it is not perfectly congruent with nazi eugenics and the cleansing of the nation of anyone who drains away recourses while being useless to the state and society. obama can sit on tv and tell you you can keep your doctor and health care won't be rationed and private insurance won't be eradicated all he wants- he is lying. read the bill. read what dr. emanuel has to say. these freaks are all exempted from the reform even though republicans tried unsuccessfully to add an amendment making it apply to the congress( most of whom are spending august hiding from their constituents) and the unions( who are busy beating up black men and other citizens protesting the reform bill). they've exempted themselves because the reform is poisonous, dangerous and a threat to life and liberty- everything sarah palin says exists in black and white print in the halls of congress and in the writings of obama's dr. karl brandt- dr. ezekiel emanuel.
i wish she was exaggerating.
i know she is not.