As little Alfie Evans clings to life in a British hospital and his parents fight for the basic human right to take him to Italy for possible life-saving treatment, Kira Davis of Redstate.com has today’s must-read feature on the “real reason Britain won’t release Alfie Evans.” She notes that the UK is a famously free society, and if his parents wanted to take him to Italy for a vacation, there would be no obstacles at all. Yet not only them, but other parents who tried to take their children to other nations for care denied them by the National Health Service, have been barred by courts or threatened with arrest. In the “free society” of the UK today, police even monitor people’s social media accounts and threaten them with arrest just for criticizing the system.
Davis looks into how things could have reached this appalling state, and her conclusion is that like so many who embrace big government/socialist systems, those in charge eventually decide that the system itself is more important than the people the system was created to help. We’ve seen it here with the VA and public schools, where providing sick veterans with treatment and deprived students with a good education are given lower priority than preserving the precious “system.”
This is worth reading if only for her chilling quote from one of the architects of the Berlin Wall, who was upset when it was torn down because he, too, believed that preserving the system was more important than people's liberties. He declared, “We had to build the wall. Too many people were leaving for the West, and you need people to make socialism work. We had to build the wall to keep them in so they could see how great socialism was, so they could see that it works.”
To our current crop of college students who’ve been brainwashed to believe that socialism is great and really works: Why, then, do even the people who love it admit that you need a giant wall with guns and barbed wire to keep people from fleeing it?