Let the death panels commence

While the Senate was voting on the bill to kill all old people, I went to see Shutter Island. It had been spoiled for me, so I’m going to go ahead and spoil it for those of you who hadn’t seen it yet.

The main character (Andrew) is portrayed throughout the movie as a federal marshal investigating an escaped patient on a mental institution on some island off the coast of Massachusetts. But as it turns out, he’s really an inmate and the entire staff is role-playing this “investigation” in order to snap the “marshal” out of his delusion.

A part of Andrew’s delusion is that he chose to investigate this particular escaped prisoner because he had been looking into the mental institution for unethical practices. He thought they were performing some kind of Nazi mind control experiments in order to fight the communists. HUAC was supposed to be funding it, even.

At the end of the movie, he’s confronted by his psychiatrists with the truth about his situation. At first he accepts it, but the next morning he’s gone right back into his delusion and it’s implied that the staff will be forced to lobotomize him since their last-ditch effort to snap him out of it had clearly failed.

So here’s where it’s kind of appropriate inre: health care reform. Now that Generalissimo Nancy Pelosi has banged her magical Medicare gavel of death and the bill has been passed, the inbred morons who’ve been screaming about death panels and government takeovers will have to somehow reconcile the reality of the legislation with their delusions about it. How are they going to deal with there not being any death panels? Are they just going to insist that they exist even though they don’t? Or will they refocus their crazy on something else?

Reasonable people, normal people, would just admit to being wrong on the facts. But we’re obviously not talking about reasonable, normal people here. They’re more like the main character in Scorcese’s new movie. So it will be interesting to see if they interact with reality in some way.

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