Casey Kasem’s Dilemma

I used to listen to him regularly. I bet at one time or another most Americans have.

All those years, if you had told me Mr. Kasem would end up dying of thirst and starvation and medical neglect, I would have been shocked.

And yet no one besides his wife seems shocked now?

Our country has become a full-on fulfillment of sci-fi dystopia. We fight and argue for hardened child-rapists and -murders to have the right to die of old age but we let our judges rule against basic rights for the dying.

The right to water should not be withheld.

The right to nourishment is so basic. And yet time and again the most fragile members of our society are starved and dehydrated to death.

Shame on us.

We neither acknowledge the pain of the dying nor the ultimate cost to our souls of suborning justice to lower a hospital bill.

But who will pay for our lost compassion and our broken souls?

4 thoughts on “Casey Kasem’s Dilemma

  1. You are 100 percent right and this should be a criminal act depriving a dying person food and water. Maybe he did sign
    a Living Will saying he did not want life support but that was
    before he got in this condition. It is against God to deprive this poor soul of food and water. Remember Terry Schlavo and how she suffered because her husband thought she wanted no life support and should die. His mouth and tongue will dry up and he will die of thirst
    Is this the right to die or the right to kill?

    • I think it starts with acknowledging the exigency of money and then asking what does it take for us to preserve the comfort and dignity of our fragile…hey wait…aren’t we all pretty fragile?!

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