Dan Riehl: Euthanize Harry Reid’s Wife

Dan Riehl, a conservative blogger who hosts Riehl World View, has stepped in it a bit deep. He apparently has made some rather unpleasant comments regarding Harry Reid’s wife, who was severely injured in a recent traffic accident. The Left-wing blogs and propaganda media sites, which as a matter of course celebrate the death or injury of notable conservatives, have now decided that morality is important, and that Riehl doesn’t have any.

Well, what did Riehl say? Well, he asked a question: “Isn’t it time to euthanize Reid’s wife?”

Sounds pretty bad. Well, I think it was supposed to. You see, the Left has left out something very important: the little part in which Riehl was criticizing leftist positions. To writ: Democrats want to include provisions for government-funded abortion and birth control in the Obamacare bill because if more babies are born, it will cost too much.

Here’s what Riehl said:

Isn’t It Time To Euthanize Reid’s Wife?

I’m not sure I quite understand this, given that cost is so important as a burden to taxpayers when it comes to health care. If Democrats want so badly to abort babies because of it, why are we bothering with someone who has a broken neck and back at 69? It sounds to me like she’s pretty well used up and has probably been living off the taxpayers for plenty of years to begin with. Aren’t we at least going to get a vote on it?

Sen. Reid’s daughter Lana Reid Barringer, 48, who was driving the mini-van, and his wife, Landra G. Reid, 69, a passenger, were both injured. Landra suffered a broken back and a broken neck in the crash; Barringer suffered minor injuries, Sen. Reid’s office said Thursday.

I realize her crook of a husband and his pals in Congress have excluded themselves from the mess they’re going to compel everyone else to join, but we’re still paying the bills, are we not? I don’t see that she’s worth it at this point, frankly. I can’t recall her ever doing anything for me.

Come on, Harry – do your civic duty. The nation’s broke and counting on you guy. Pull the plug and get back to work. And don’t bill us for a full day today, either. This is no time to be sloughing off. Air freight her home, you can bury her during recess on your own time and dime. Or are you going to bill us for that, too?

Well, that sounds pretty nasty, doesn’t it? Especially if you’re a liberal, and have lost all ability to discern sarcasm and satire.

So for those on the far left, who are surely as outraged over this as they were that Rush Limbaugh didn’t die in that Hawaii hospital, I’ll explain what Mr. Reihl is getting at.

Riehl, you see, is pro-life (That’s “anti-choice oppressor of women” in Newspeak). He does not want the government to use his taxpayer money to pay for abortions, which Obamacare will do. Democrats want Obamacare to pay for abortions because paying for an abortion is cheaper than paying for the health care for a live birth and the continuing life of the new person after. You see, it saves money.

Riehl is making the point like this: if abortion is good because it saves health care dollars, then why are we paying for back and neck surgery on a 69-year-old woman, who will have to go through years of physical therapy? Because since Harry Ried is a Senator, his health care is covered by taxpayer money also. You follow?

Does Dan Riehl really want Harry Reid’s wife to be euthanized? I surely hope not, and I doubt it. But the shock of the statement makes a point of the absurdity of the Democratic position. It also reminds us that in places like the UK, that have socialized medicine, the elderly are often denied health care because they aren’t worth the cost to the system.

Tabitha Hale at Right Wing News makes this observation:

Clearly, this is satire. Dan’s a snarky bastard, and he is ruthless about the truth – both qualities I sincerely appreciate. The language of the post is meant to draw attention to the hypocrisy of the left, and highlight the callousness of Democratic leadership in light of Stupak’s statements. The attitude that life is an obstacle for their proposed health care program is nauseating at best, and rightly pissed a lot of people off this week.

The thing is, this isn’t a new attitude. This has been Democratic attitude for a long time – it’s become life vs. their health care takeover. Pregnancies and new people are an inconvenience when you’ve decided it’s your duty to control all of them. Remember last year when Pelosi said that birth control was the best economic stimulus?

PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.

Dan pointed out the hypocrisy of their stance, and the nasty motivation behind it… so effectively that he’s being torched by anyone and everyone. Apparently the “vile” nature of the post hit home for some…

Riehl’s point is well made. Under the socialized medical system than the Democrats are trying to force upon us, someone like Reid’s wife might not be seen worth saving. It is also somewhat hypocritical for Reid to leave his wife in the hands of the best medical system in the world and then return to his office to work on undermining that system with one that may not care for his wife.

That said, Riehl went a bit over the top. His comments were in rather poor form, and I think that he could have made the same point without being quite so crass. On the other hand, the feigned rage by the left-wing over Riehl’s comments are ridiculous, given the fact that no matter how tasteless, Riehl’s comments were obviously satirical, as well as the fact that left-wing blogs and message forums routinely fill up with death wishes whenever a conservative takes ill.

I will continue to wish Reid’s family well, and I hope they realize how lucky they are to have the best health care system in the world at their disposal.

(Update) Apparently my comments have been noticed by none other than Alan Colmes! My Response here.


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  1. #1 by Pamela Troy on Sat 13 Mar 2010 - 18:43

    Oh, I SEE! That witty Dan Reihl was making a funny JOKE about the seriously injured wife of a politician he dislikes! I mean, i COMPLETELY MISSED that part where he ascribed a vile position to Reid and used it as an excuse to dehumanize him and his family.

    Thanks for clearing that up.

    • #2 by The Republican Heretic on Sat 13 Mar 2010 - 19:22

      Yeah, it’s almost as funny as Sean Penn wishing his critics would die of rectal cancer, or Bill Maher wondering why Glenn Beck couldn’t have been shot by the Pentagon Shooter, or lamenting that Vice President Cheney didn’t get assassinated, or people at the Democratic Underground wishing Rush Limbaugh would die of a heart attack.

      But unlike those, it was actually intended as satire, and had an actual criticism buried in it. Although I’m sure the subtlety hurts your brain a bit. And of course, since he’s a conservative, he’s actually being called on it — but of course there’s no left-wing bias in the media. At all.

      And for the record, I’m not sure of any “vile” position being assigned to Reid other than the ones he’s voting for.

      • #3 by Pamela Troy on Sat 13 Mar 2010 - 20:53

        Riiiight. Bill Maher NEVER does satire.

        And the fact that someone is pro choice does not make them, and their family fair game. Sean Penn’s idiocy does not make Riehl’s idiocy okay.

      • #4 by The Republican Heretic on Sat 13 Mar 2010 - 21:17

        You’re seriously missing the point, and I’m not sure if it’s because you want to or not.

        It isn’t about who is pro-choice or not. It’s about the fact that the Democrats in congress are attempting to push through a disastrous health care bill that will give the government unprecedented control over our medical system. And that the system they are trying to push through is more concerned with cost than with human life. And that such a system would likely view the procedures necessary for a case like Reid’s wife as not worth the effort. And that similar systems have made such choices for people. And that Reid is a hypocrite for supporting such a system while benefiting from the health care system he wants to dismantle.

        No, Sean Penn’s idiocy doesn’t make Riehl’s okay. Nor does Maher’s. But I don’t see you commenting on those stories and condemning those people. Your “outrage” is very convenient.

        Yes, Riehl took it too far. I said as much. He could have easily made his point in a more appropriate manner. Bit his point is still valid, and you’re using the fact that he was outlandish in making it to ignore that fact.

  2. #5 by Kuni on Wed 30 Jun 2010 - 09:25

    There is only one problem with your BS. No Democrat is saying/claiming/implying that:

    Paying for an abortion is cheaper than paying for the health care for a live birth and the continuing life of the new person after. You see, it saves money.

    • #6 by The Republican Heretic on Sun 08 Aug 2010 - 22:19

      No Democrat is saying that openly. Apparently they have no qualms about mentioning it in private top another Democrat.

      It’s always been one of the justifications for abortion, though. That, and keeping the population of “undesirables” in check. Read your Margaret Sanger and remember that the Progressive love affair with abortion stems from the related love affair with eugenics, and the belief that they can best determine who deserves to live and die. And I don’t want people who think like that in control of my health care.

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