Joseph Farah continues his irrational crusade to blame President Obama for absolutely everything (there are plenty of things to legitimately blame him for, of course, but those criticisms would undermine Farah’s “Obama loves Muslim terrorists” narrative, so he ignores them). This time it’s suicide. And apparently Obama is even responsible for suicides that happened before he took office.
That’s the story from the American Journal of Public Health, which reports that since Barack Obama was sworn in as president in 2009, the leading cause of death in America has been suicide.
During the entire administration of George W. Bush and earlier, motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death by injury.
But that all changed in 2009, with the rate of death by suicide rising by 15 percent over the past 10 years, while death by unintentional motor vehicle crash dropped 25 percent during the same period.
What’s the take-away here?
It would be easy to attribute the rise in suicide to the economy, and I have no doubt it’s a contributing factor. But there’s much more to this story than meets the eye.
By the way, I presume he is talking about this article from November, 2012. And guess what? That article only includes data through 2009, or the first year of Obama’s presidency. But hey, those are facts and this is a fact-free rant from Farah. So you know the “more to this story” is that it’s all Obama’s fault, even though the upward trend in suicides started years before he took office. Oh, and it’s all about evolution too.
I believe the trend reflects a deep and growing spiritual emptiness in a culture that is more depraved and sinful than at any time in its history.
Too many people just don’t find any meaning in life.
Think about it.
We are told from the youngest age in state-run schools that human beings are merely the result of billions of years of evolution from lower life forms and random mutations. There is no Creator God who loves us and to whom we are accountable. There are no laws higher than those government imposes on us – no sin, no ultimate, objective moral code. In fact, human beings are a blight on the planet. It would be better off without us – or at least with a lot fewer of us polluting the air with carbon dioxide and overheating the Earth.
Do I have that about right?
Furthermore, in those same government schools, prayer and Bible reading are prohibited, but explicit instructions on how to have promiscuous sex without consequences is mandated.
But if that argument were valid, wouldn’t other countries that are far less religious than the United States have even higher rates of suicide? They don’t. These countries all have lower suicide rates than the US: Canada, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Switzerland, Australia. The Netherlands, renowned for its comprehensive sex education programs and all but irrelevant religion, has a rate fully 50% lower than this country. Greece, that allegedly terrible socialist hellhole, has a rate less than a third of ours. So much for that theory.