Even for those who think in the binary terms of good or evil, this is something that should have been strongly criticized.
Her face says You can trust me.
Her words say something entirely different.
I was a little startled to hear the former vice president express total indifference to questions about his heart donor in a revealing interview on Politicking with Larry King (it airs Thursday night; here’s a clip). It’s a window into his utter entitlement and self-absorption, and he comes off as an even bigger monster than I’d thought. Most people would at least feign interest in the donor; Cheney can’t manage it.
As if that does not do enough to encourage disgust, the article includes this picture, which does not exactly capture him in a flattering expression.
How evil were Dick Cheney’s comments?
When King asks if he knows the identity of the person whose heart keeps him alive, Cheney, who is promoting a book about his transplant experience, says no, and adds, “it hadn’t been a priority for me.” Then he goes on:
When I came out from under the anesthetic after the transplant, I was euphoric. I’d had–I’d been given the gift of additional lives, additional years of life. For the family of the donor, they’d just been [through] some terrible tragedy, they’d lost a family member. Can’t tell why, obviously, when you don’t know the details, but the way I think of it from a psychological standpoint is that it’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart. And I always thank the donor, generically thank donors for the gift that I’ve been given, but I don’t spend time wondering who had it, what they’d done, what kind of person.
“It’s my new heart, not someone else’s old heart.”
Consider the complete self-centeredness of that statement, and the utter lack of empathy. I shouldn’t be surprised at that — war criminals and torture-promoters aren’t known for their empathy — but I was.
If we assume the bias of Joan Walsh, then we know that this is an expression of complete self-centeredness and an utter lack of empathy.
Assuming this bias allows us to suggest that there is something wrong with donating organs because they might go to someone who does not share our biases.
Several of the comments are from people expressing regret for having chosen to be an organ donor in the event of their death.
SanePerson 7 days ago
The idea that a healthy heart from a decent human being could end up in monster like Cheney really makes one think twice about donating one’s organs.
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sigtunafish 10 days ago
This is why I refuse let my organs be donated if I die.
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Saleem 11 days ago
I am going to change the terms of my organ donor statement to say that none of my organs are to go to a registered Republican, especially Dick Cheney.
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If we would deprive someone of an organ that could keep the person alive, based on our biases about the person, how far would we go to prevent that person from receiving an organ transplant?
If we are willing to discourage organ donation, and this article clearly had that effect on several people commenting, why should anyone consider donating any organs that might help us?
More than 120,000 men, women and children currently need lifesaving organ transplants.
Approximately 1,851 Pediatric Patients*
How many of those 120,000 people have something about them that we disagree with?
Should we deprive all of them of organs, just to avoid having some people we do not like receive organs?
An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.
Die evil people (and good people)! Just so I can make a point!
In 2012, there were 14,013 Organ Donors resulting in 28,052 organ transplants.
Maybe a bad person received a longer life because of the generosity a good person.
Should we insist on taking our organs with us to the grave?
90% of Americans say they support donation, but only 30% know the essential steps to take to be a donor.
Don’t be a Joan. Be an organ donor and you may help someone immeasurably.
 Dick Cheney: Even bigger monster than you thought
Listen to the man with a taxpayer-funded new heart wax indifferent to the life of his donor
Thursday, NOV 14, 2013 05:59 PM EST