Via Kevin Baker I came across this quote from Robb on the subject of libertarian “ideological purity” which stems from a post Ambulance Driver put up where he recounts a tale of getting a suicidal person put under evaluation. This caused someone to get their Godwin suit on and go to town. You can hit this link and read Ambulance Driver’s reaction to that here.
I’ve been married to a 911 Dispatcher for over a decade now, and one of the reasons we’re not coworkers is not that I don’t want to make the boucoup bucks, have the big benie package or get the kewl Work ID that gets me out of speeding tickets, it is that I don’t care enough about my fellow humans. When she first started working for “The Man”, and would come home with her daily tales of adventure, I frequently wondered why the state goes through the trouble of evaluating these people and instead, so as to save time, money and to control the health hazards caused by rotting carcases, just have their call receivers ask where the body will be found for pick-up, say thank you and hang up.
Despite all that, what AD did was the right thing to do, for the simple reason that suicidal people don’t go around announcing their intentions. The truly suicidal just get on with it. A goodly number of them don’t even bother with a note.
No, only drama queens in search of fresh attention go flapping their lips about their potential self-inflicted deadness. The emotional vampire that AD came across had very likely drained his current crop of victims to the point where they wouldn’t bother with his ramblings any longer and he had to seek greener pastures.
AD’s job boils down to that of a care taker. He could be twice as ineffectual towards people as I am and he still would have had to do what he did. If a person truly understands emotional vampires then they’d realize that he did exactly what the guy wanted him to do, no matter how much the guy pretended to protest.
This post is not in defense of AD. Mostly because he doesn’t need others defending him. This is, hopefully, the only knock on the gourd some purity testers needed.
So to those who sturm and drang about how AD is gooschlepping us all to a totalitarian state: Are you really sure you want to defend the right of an emotional vampire to not get exactly what he wants?
And please don’t come around here acting like I’m some sort of newbie, bleeding kidney, middle-of-the-road, political windsock. I’ve got nearly a decade into this metal affliction they call blogging. If assisted suicide were truly legal (and not the “Death with Dignity” bullshit we have here in Washington), I’d be spending weekends running my own business catering to those who prefer the quick and painless method of gunshot to the head. I’m so Big-L that I believe the Libertarian Party makes too large of concessions and is too mainstream, and I refuse to join. The fur for my Wookiesuit was harvested from home-grown and home-slaughtered Cashmere goats and stained tan by the dye on the tear-soaked food stamps that I ripped out of the hands of mothers and their hungry, mewling children. Ron Paul is a pro-pork project piker and anyone who’d waste their vote on someone with so juvenile a foreign policy as his is a fool.