Gov Jerry Brown Forgot the First Rule: Don’t Kill Innocent People!

Gov Jerry Brown Forgot the First Rule: Don’t Kill Innocent People! October 5, 2015

Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Phil Konstantin
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Phil Konstantin

Governor Jerry Brown jumped off the cliff and into the volcano of mass murder today.

He signed a law that opens the door for euthanasia in California. The harm he has done will live long after him. That’s the way it is with bad laws, and this law is a warrant to kill.

I wrote about this for the National Catholic Register.

Here’s part of what I said:

The Los Angeles Times story is so over-the-top supportive that it was downright soppy.

It paints a word picture of a politician on the rack, a “former Jesuit seminary student” who was riven by a heart-wrenching moral conundrum. I could almost hear the violins playing and see the sunset … except for the raw truth of what this politician/martyr had done.

“I have considered the theological and religious perspectives that any deliberate shortening of one’s life is sinful,” he said.

Nice phrase that; “deliberate shortening of a life.” Not only did this politician ply all his political arts to evoke sympathy for himself as he did the unthinkable, he created a new euphemism for the doing of it while he was at it.

“Deliberate shortening of life” is Governor Jerry Brown’s lovely little phrase for murdering people to put them out of our misery, otherwise known as euthanasia, also known as death with dignity, also known as cold-blooded killing. Governor Jerry Brown, that “former Jesuit seminarian,” has joined the pantheon of politicians who, with a stroke of his pen, has killed untold numbers of people with a law that will allow the killing to go on for generations.

Long after Governor Brown has finally retired for the last time and ridden off into the political sunset, people will continue to die because of what he did today. If past is prelude, this law, as bad as it is, will become the opening volley in the war on life by use of euthanasia in California. As bad as it is, future politicians will line up to the death wagon and amend it to make it worse.


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17 responses to “Gov Jerry Brown Forgot the First Rule: Don’t Kill Innocent People!”

  1. I tweaked what the Gov. of my late, great state had to say a little, because it reminded me of the justification used for another moral topic.

    “In the end, I was left to reflect on what I would want in the face of my own (pregnancy),” Brown wrote in a signing message. “I do not know what I would do if I were (dealing with an unwanted pregnancy.). I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”

  2. Governor Brown has made me happier to live in California. It is good to see people gaining more control over their own existence.

  3. While alive and on earth one can “control their destiny” all they want but when you’re dead, well, all will answer to God Almighty, the sole author of life and of death. You may reject what I believe and that’s fine but I am more than willing to bet I am correct as others here can attest to their own faith in eternity with the Risen Lord.

  4. Suicide is essentially a private tragedy, now dragged into public demanding affirmation. And history has shown, in the Netherlands and Belgium, that informed consent morphs into the doctor or family consenting for the person being killed. Hope your kids don’t get tired of paying for the nursing care.

  5. That action can only be done with the consent of the person involved. I would be surprised if a POA or a relative can make that decision.

  6. So disappointed in my state, in my governor. This literally makes me sick to my stomach. We are, as Manny said, living in terrible times.

  7. I know Ken. It’s satanic. You don’t see the comments I delete. If you did, you would feel it more deeply.

  8. For now. The history of euthanasia in the Netherlands and Belgium illustrates the classic slippery slope from assisted suicide to medical murder.

  9. Assisted suicide is medical murder Ken. The slippery slope is a move from murdering selectively to murdering less selectively.

  10. The intended contrast was between informed consent for assisted suicide and kiilling someone without their consent.

    Poor choice of words, I guess.

  11. What makes you think a person who takes her own life acts contrary to the “sole author of life and death?” For all you know, such suicide could be an aspect of divine will. Many believe that to be so in the case of the famous ancient sage who committed the equivalent of suicide by cop.

  12. What is your point? That suicide might not be a tragedy?

    I can’t imagine anything on which “everyone” agrees. That doesn’t speak to the actual evil (or goodness, for that matter) of an action.

    Not “everyone” would agree that the acts described in this story are evil. But decent people would.