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What’s It All About, Alfie?

Okay, if you recognize that song then you’re old- like me!  But when I heard the plight of little Alfie Evans in England, this song popped into my head.  I have included the lyrics at the end and find much of them very appropriate.

What the hell is wrong in England and the UK in general?  You are our cousins, the liberty that shook the world has its very roots in this great country!  However just as it was in the 17th century, your government and courts are run by monsters!

I am not going to go into all the details of the Alfie Evans story, for the latest as of the writing of this missive find it here.  Suffice it to say, we are seeing another chapter of the British Healthcare System, a follow-up to the Charlie Gard saga.

You may recall little Charlie not only was allowed to “die with dignity”, any and all efforts to save him were denied as was potential life-saving procedures outside the UK, offered at no cost in addition to millions in private donations.  Alfie has fallen into the same heartless, soulless, one size fits all mentality of British healthcare.

And it’s not just healthcare.  Earlier this month, 78-year-old pensioner Richard Osborn-Brooks was arrested on suspected murder charges after encountering two thugs in his home in the middle of the night.  An ensuing struggle left one of the thieves dead.  While murder charges were dropped, the public outpouring of love and appreciation for the deceased thief by the Traveler Community created an unsafe environment for the homeowner and his wife.

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Unfortunately, little Alfie finds himself trying to survive in a nation that seems to no longer consider life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness a thing to be grasped.  The Pope has tried to intercede on behalf of Alfie and his parents, Italy has granted Alfie Italian citizenship and a medical helicopter is on standby to take Alfie to a hospital in Italy where life-saving efforts will be offered in earnest.

Many in the US were appalled when Obamacare was forced down our throats and we warned of the death panels that would follow.  Of course, the socialists and progressives laughed off the idea and made light of the warning, but is that not what we see happening with Charlie and Alfie?

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Why?  Why were Charlie and Alfie denied to ability to seek care outside of England?  The state must not be proved wrong, the system must not be shown to be lacking.  Certainly, these two are not the only ones to suffer at the hands of judges and healthcare panels, they are just the ones who have made the news.

This is a wakeup call to those in all of Europe.  The liberty you gave in return for liberty was a ruse, you have neither and deserve neither.  This is also a wakeup call to those in the US.  We are not far behind.  Our healthcare is at the behest of government bureaucrats, we are no longer free to speak our minds unless we have been granted the absolute moral authority, and our right to bear arms has never seen such an assault.

Mark my words, the world is reliving 1930s Germany.  Nationalism is not the answer, populism is not the answer; in fact, they often will lead to fascism.  A return to the Constitution in the US and in Europe a return to the roots of liberty is the only answer.

I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. --Thomas Jefferson

What's it all about, Alfie?

Is it just for the moment we live?

What's it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?

Are we meant to take more than we give

Or are we meant to be kind?

And if only fools are kind, Alfie

Then I guess it is wise to be cruel

And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie

What will you lend on an old golden rule?

As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie

I know there's something much more,

Something even non-believers can believe in

I believe in love, Alfie

Without true love we just exist, Alfie

Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie

When you walk let your heart lead the way

And you'll find love any day, Alfie

Alfie

Songwriters: Burt Bacharach / Hal David

Alfie lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Michael Murphy

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