Thursday, July 13, 2006

It could happen to you, it could happen to me

Remember Ben Roethlisberger, SuperBowl hero?
Roethlisberger was cited for not wearing a helmet when the accident happened.

"That day I wasn't, I forgot it. I literally forgot it," he said. "You know there are times that, people that have been making a big deal for the last couple years about me riding first of all, and then me riding without a helmet, but it's one of those things that I ride with a helmet also. I do a little bit of both. If you don't wear a seat belt every time you ride in the car should I label you as a person who doesn't wear a seat belt? And unfortunately I happened to not have it on that day because I forgot it in the basement."

Clearly the guy is an idiot. But this has broader implications. Should a free society dictate certain behaviors by its citizens? Right-wingers claims to be big on responsibility. So here's a chance to prove it:

If you: Don't make your kids wear seat belts,

Sign a release: No insurance paid medical treatment for them in case of major injury from an auto accident.

If you: Don't want to wear a motorcycle helmet,

Sign a release: You'll accept no insurance paid medical procedures for head trauma in case of an accident.

If you: Don't believe in stem cell research,

Sign a release: You and members of your family will accept no life saving therapies that result from stem cell research.

If you: Smoke,

Sign a release: You'll accept no medical intervention if you develop lung, throat, or mouth cancer.

If you: Home school your kid in Young Earth or ID pseudo-science,

Sign a release: You won't fuss if Harvard or UCLA won't accept those science classes.

In the first 2 cases above, you would be free to pay for treatment on your own, just don't ask the insurance pool to cover it. In the next 2, no treatment at all. That's what responsibility means.

There are more where those come from but you get the idea. Stand up for your convictions, put your money where your mouth is, conservatarians.

Act like the grown-ups you claim to be, and accept the results of your actions.

Yeah, that's what I thought.