posted on Apr, 15 2010 @ 11:22 PM
Was posting in a thread about army doctor Lt. Col. Terry Lakin who is to be court martialled for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan (his excuse is his
belief President Obama was not born in the US and therefore his orders are illegal).
Then I was watching Anderson Cooper's interview with Dr. Jack Kevorkian, "Dr. Death," who has been maligned and punished by authorities for
assisting terminally-ill patients with chronic pain in committing suicide.
A smash-up occurred to me because I sympathize with one of these people and not with the other. Yet both face consequences for illegal activity.
Also, in both cases, it seems the general public has differing views on whether their crimes are really crimes and/or forgivable.
Is Kevorkian a killer? If so, does it matter that his "victims" want to die and want him to help?
Kevorkian developed a "suicide machine" to "kill" people wanting to die as a way of deferring culpability (which didn't work). If the machine is
doing the act (as initiated by the patient), should that absolve Kevorkian?
If one supports the mission of Kevorkian and finds it justifiable for him to break the law, is it hypocritical to criticize Lakin? He, too, is
breaking the rules because he believes the rules (because they supposedly emanate from President Obama) are wrong. I don't know whether it is
material if Lakin's issue (that Obama was not born in the US) is correct or not. We have to assume he believes it to be the case.
Is it justifiable to break the rules when you believe your cause is more important? How do these two cases differ?
Please, no rants about Obama's birthplace.