First, an aside:
For both of you who have been kind enough to have read my previously regular blather, I owe you an explanation.
I have not lost interest in the topics of the day or blogging. I couldn’t be more passionate about either. No, the reason you haven’t seen much from me lately is that I’ve taken a new role in KY (go Wildcats!) and have been commuting between there and my family back in Minnesota. With a new role that is all consuming and a family who would like to be all consuming, I just haven’t had the time to sit down and pen much. I hope that in the future I can rebalance work and life and get the time to get back to my avocation. OK, on to the meat….
Being involved in a loved one’s death can be an emotionally and physically trying experience. Oh, I’m not referring to the occassional parental notion to eat their young, I’m referring to the actual physical death of a loved one’s earthly body. While I haven’t experienced the death of a member of my immediate family despite several close calls, I have watched the impact as Mrs. Shoe has lost both her oldest brother and her father.
In the case of Mrs. Shoe’s oldest brother, he had a long, debilitating battle with mesothelioma. I saw as this large, robust specimen of a man was reduced to something approaching a 98 pound weakling size as the cancer took its toll. I also watched as his family, including Mrs. Shoe, dealt with the inevitable while hoping and praying for the miraculous. I don’t remember exactly the time frame but, I believe it was about three years that the family dealt with the continuous deterioration and in many cases, the hopelessness of the disease, before he passed.
In the other case, of Mrs. Shoe’s father, while he too had a debilitating disease, emphysema, no one really considered the likelihood of his death much until we got the call. Mrs. Shoe’s dad had contracted pneumonia while on vacation. While in the hospital, his doctor put him on a ventilator to allow his lungs to heal. Unfortunately, what was intended to heal, ultimately led to his death. It turned out that Dad’s lungs, once relieved of the daily effort of providing for the body, never wanted to work on their own again. After a few days, dad slipped into a coma and the family was left with the decision of waiting, hoping, praying or “pulling the plug.”
Of the two experiences, I’m hard pressed to determine which is preferable. On the one hand, a long drawn out illness allows the family to adjust. On the other hand, the adjustment is continual and you go through some real emotional roller coasters as you get a bit of hope only to be dashed by a new, negative prognosis.
When looking at an “end of life decision,” the good is you only have to make the decision once. The bad is that you have to make the decision at all.
At this point you may ask, “Why the morose litany Shoebox?”
It is now clear that no matter how the Democrats ultimately vote on Placebocare they are watching the death of the Barack Obama Presidency and likely, the Democrat party as we know it. All the polls are showing a solid majority of Americans against Placebocare. Moreover, the anti Placebocare is not just a passing fancy. The folks who are against it are against it vehemently. When you look at the state by state and district by district polling, there is no way that the Democrats will maintain the House and it is becoming more likely that they could lose the Senate.
If the Democrats pass Placebocare they may placate their base. By doing so they may be able to give Obama a “victory” which might allow him to at least appear like he is in charge until November or more appropriately, January of next year.
If the Democrats don’t pass the Placebocare, President Obama immediately becomes a lame duck President. The Senators up for election and the entire Democrat caucus of the House will immediately go into self preservation mode. The result will be that no legislation proposed by Obama, other than supporting a proclamation for Mother’s Day, will get any support from either House and President Obama will be politically neutered.
In the final analysis, for President Obama and the Democrat party the end will be the same, they will die politically. The only question in my mind is whether the Democrats will pass Placebocare and watch Obama and the party waste away to a 98 pound weakling before succumbing or whether the Democrats will have the courage to “pull the plug” and save us all the interim agony?