It just gets better and better. Last night, one-time George Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen was on Fox News Channel’s “Kelly File” to commiserate with the host over Barack Obama’s insane pick of Vivek Murthy to be the next Surgeon General. During the segment, it was revealed that the 36-year-old Murthy completed his medical residency in 2006, just eight years ago. He has never served as a hospital administrator or in any similarly high post that would qualify him to be the leading spokesman on matters of public health in the U.S. On top of that is his hard-to-explain view that part of a physician’s job is to council his patients on the evils of the Second Amendment.
But there’s also this. The Daily Mail reports that Murthy was quoted in newspaper in 1994 alleging that “society’s preoccupation with firearms” comes from “fiery gun battles” on Saturday morning cartoons.
In an interview with the Miami Herald as a graduating high school senior, Murthy said:
Today, a typical elementary student wakes up on Saturday mornings to fiery gun battles, explosive scenes of terror and the violent decimation of the ‘bad guy’ – all this in a children’s cartoon.
With such destructive influence, society’s preoccupation with firearms and brutal methods of conflict resolution is no surprise.
So the man that Obama wants to lead the American medical community grew up thinking that Yosemite Sam was Public Enemy Number 1. No wonder Murthy went on to found Doctors for Obama in 2008 — a group that later changed its name to “Doctors for America.”
Understandably, Senate Republicans have expressed grave concerns over the nomination. Sen. Rand Paul, himself a physician, wrote Majority Leader Harry Reid after the president announced his pick in February, writing:
Historically, the Surgeon General of the United States has been a position with the purpose of educating Americans so that they may lead healthier lives, rather than advancing a political agenda.
Dr. Murthy has disqualified himself from being Surgeon General because of his intent to use that position to launch an attack on Americans’ right to own a firearm under the guise of a public health and safety campaign.
Some Senate Democrats had enough of a sense of self-preservation last week to reject another loony Obama appointment, that of Debo Adegbile, who had defended cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal. Will they be smart enough to do the same thing this time?
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