Like my father before me and two daughters after, I am a physician. We took the Hippocratic Oath. We work to heal our patients and stop their hurting, to help people live longer, better quality lives, to delay death and alleviate suffering when death comes, and to do no harm.
In an extreme state of moral inversion, we are attacked for our beliefs, our defense of the patient-physician relationship, and putting the best interest of the individual patient before the demands of big government. We are increasingly mischaracterized by attackers wearing masks of political correctness, who profess to be tolerant. These hateful, angry agitators seek us out, engage us, and instigate the same nonsensical arguments over and over, as if reading from a list of talking points intended to advance a perverted agenda and drive our behavior. I call the attackers Mindless-Alt-Left bots (MAL-bots). They work to oppress and silence us. They play on our innate calling and exploit the fact that we will are servers, pleasers, and non-confrontational by nature. At first it worked.
MAL-bots seek out doctors who believe in God. They launch into the tired old “how can you call yourself a doctor if you believe in magic not science” mantra and threaten to blacklist us publically, as if that will make us denounce our belief in God and join them in atheism. Early on, I naively thought a MAL-bot who engaged and attacked me for my religious beliefs, was reaching out to learn more about faith, forgiveness, and salvation. I was wrong, and he hurled horrific ad hominen attacks, replete with vile profanity and misogynistic verbal abuse. The interchange is too repugnant to share. In spite of what MAL-bots claim, most physicians do believe in God. Reasoning with such MAL-Bots, however, is futile. The only course of action is disengagement.
The next line of attacks is launched when MAL-bots detect that a physician is pro-life. In spite of what MAL-bots claim, most physicians are pro-life and do not perform abortions. Following a tweet that revealed my pro-life belief, out of the blue, I received a horrible tweet. I was deeply affected by it and ashamed to show anyone, as if I deserved it. But I will not let such abuse silence me any longer. Here is the tweet:
I replied that I am also vehemently opposed to rape and suggested Fever Phil focus his aggressive efforts on opposing rape of women in the first place in lieu of engaging and attacking women doctors like me. The hypocrisy is stifling.
A third line of attacks comes when I say I put the patient first, defend the sacred patient-physician relationship, and reject the big government takeover of medicine, replete with its mandates, violation of privacy, and deciding who lives and who dies. While I am one of a rare few who actually reads the healthcare laws and their rules-I am often accused by MAL-bots of making them up and called “unorthodox” and “fringe” for wanting to do “all for the patient.” Sadly, movements are underway to get rid of the Hippocratic Oath. Even the AMA is rewriting its code of ethics. On February 13, 2017, two top stories featured in Medscape Business of Medicine (a government subsidized online publication) were “In Defense of Physician-Assisted Dying” and “Is it Time to Retire the Hippocratic Oath?”
A fourth wave of attacks comes when I reject government mandates and oppose physician- assisted-suicide. While I personally receive and recommend vaccinations to patients and family, I believe we must be wary of unchecked government mandate forcing people at threat of retribution, against their will, to receive any and every new vaccine, medication, or treatment a company could possibly produce or a government could possibly order. In ultimate irony, the very MAL-bots who fight for “pro-choice” with a vengeance, claiming to be fighting for women to have control over our bodies, attack me for standing up to government-mandated everything, in favor of patient choice and informed consent. These MAL-bots also fight for physician-assisted-suicide, that is, making it legal for physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication to their patients to be used to kill themselves (MAL-bots justifying their desire for legalization as “to respect patient choice.”) While physicians, of course, must prescribe patients medications to alleviate their pain and suffering, I choose not to prescribe lethal doses of medications to my patients. (Physician-assisted-suicide is the ultimate defiling of the patient –physician relationship.)
The MAL-bots don’t want you to choose God, life, or what medical treatment you choose to have or not to have as a patient, or to do or not to do as a physician, but they do want you to choose abortion, physician assisted suicide, and to do what big government says- the items on their agenda.
The moral inversion is blinding. There is no morality, common sense, or sanity with the MAL-bots. They are not just wrong; they are evil. Don’t waste time trying to reason with them. Call them out. Play offense. Fight to win for your patients and principles.
Such MAL-bots remind me of what the Democrats are doing to the new Trump administration. They are the same ones who agitate, divide, burn, march, and wear their genitals on their heads. They are not just destructive; they are fools. Trump and his administration must not kowtow to them or be intimidated by them. The American people must pray for our leaders to be be empowered not oppressed, emboldened not silenced. We must stand up together for good, in truth, and in pursuit of life, liberty, sanity, and humanity.