Remember back in 2010, when the new healthcare legislation was equated by Republicans with The Giver-style life planning, complete with executing newborns and murdering old people? After the apoplexy faded and Sarah Palin crawled back into her stasis pod, the debate entered a more reasonable register, but the bad taste of “death panels” lingers to this day. And yet, Mark Dice can still make us laugh when he petitions Long Islanders to support “mandatory euthanasia” for old people to keep healthcare costs down.
Dice, a man who makes his money peddling rightwing conspiracy theories, roams the boardwalk collecting signatures for an obviously fake legislative effort to execute people after a certain age.
The politics here are a snore. It’s the same old cartoonish ideas about what the healthcare law actually means. But while the Voice is generally opposed to the “state killings of old people” position, we also think Dice’s gag is pretty hilarious.
The best part? People sign the petition even after Dice explains what it’s for. The trick, Dice claims, is just saying that you’re “helping Obama,” and boom! Make room on the bandwagon.
Sigh. We make it too easy.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 30, 2013