"As I physician, I proudly recited and adhere to the Oath of Hippocrates, which commands physicians to 'use treatment to help the sick according to [their] ability and judgment... and [to] abstain from all intentional wrongdoing and harm.' Physicians do not all think alike--medically or politically--but when a patient's health is at stake, we find a way to work together for the patient's best interest," says Marilyn Singleton, a board-certified anesthesiologist and board member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Tucson, Ariz.
"In 2016, a bipartisan Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act, ostensibly designed to speed up research and drug approvals. Apparently, they also should have legislated a cure for a highly contagious malady that infects politicians in staggering numbers: chronic, relapsing, terminal hypocritical churlishness--the 'Disease.'
"The current acrimonious and vitriolic hyperpartisan rhetoric is making our country sick," maintains Singleton. "When the Republicans did not support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, they were heartless dunderheads who wanted to see women and children suffer. It was irrelevant that the law had serious flaws that have now fully manifested themselves.
"In a tit-for-tat fashion, the Democrats have made it clear that they will obstruct Pres. Donald Trump's efforts irrespective of whether doing so harms the American citizenry. There is no question that the value of a two-party system is exposure to a spectrum of ideas and opinions. However, dissent for the purpose of partisan posturing, and the Democrats' go-to charge of 'racist' at every turn, is not adding to the conversation.
"So," instructs Singleton, "let's look at the different responses to racial insensitivity. Joe Biden was rewarded with the vice-presidency for his ringing endorsement of then-Sen. Barack Obama (D.-III.): 'I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.'
"Part of assessment of Obama's chances to win the presidency from former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.) was that the candidate was 'light-skinned' and had 'no negro dialect.' Was he censured? No. Did he have to resign? No."
The Democrats tout themselves as the advocates for black people, but have allowed politics to trump exploring new ideas, adds Singleton...