I’m a big fan of Andy McCarthy. He has a great interview on Uncommon Knowledge here. He’s both a tough cop and an intellectual. And I’m thrilled he’s on our side.
So I was happy this morning that he took time to write a formal column on NRO today that more clearly illustrates his recent debate with the editors over the use of death panels. Here’s the money quote:
The editorial’s contention was that there wouldn’t “literally” be death panels. To me, that’s not much different from quibbling over “what the meaning of ‘is’ is.” The stakes here couldn’t be higher, time is short, and “death panel” cuts to the chase.
In my opinion, politics is ultimately a war over language and who gets to control it. “Death Panel” immediately and accurately describes the feelings that one has when being forced to ration health care for the elderly and/or the chronically ill. We may call it “The Committee on End of Life Care”, but, dude, it’s a freakin’ death panel. Pure and simple.
Here’s the rest of the article.