Some days it may seem like empathy has gone the way of the hula-hoop and the pet rock. Every day our Facebook feed explodes with hateful and cruel comments, angrily written by trolls who lash out at everything from the victims of police brutality to those who have been displaced by war or natural disasters.
Adding to the ongoing strife online is the absolutely toxic state of American politics, which can often make life seem pretty grim at times. However, there are those rare moments when lawmakers from both sides of the political fence can put aside their differences and actually work together to help those most in need.
This past month in Maine, Republicans and Democrats worked together to pass a bill (L.D. 1547) that would make the life-saving drug Naloxone Hydrochloride, or Narcan for short, available to police and fire departments throughout the state to be administered to people who are overdosing on opioids such as heroin.
In addition, the bill would also allow the families of addicts to obtain the life-saving drug without a prescription, a measure that could literally mean life or death to those unfortunate individuals that struggle with addiction.
With bipartisan support from law enforcement, the health community, and state legislators, there seemed to be virtually no opposition to the recently passed bill. Until it came across the desk of Maine’s soulless Governor: Paul Lepage.
On Wednesday the defiant Governor vetoed the bill, sending a letter back to lawmakers where Lepage wrote:
Naloxone does not truly save lives; it merely extends them until the next overdose, creating a situation where an addict has a heroin needle in one hand and a shot of naloxone in the other produces a sense of normalcy and security around heroin use that serves only to perpetuate the cycle of addiction.
In response to Governor Lepage’s gross remarks and unconscionable veto measure, Rachel Maddow put together a special segment of her show to weigh in on the despicable actions of Lepage. On MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show this past Friday, Maddow tore into Lepage’s callous statements remarking:
Think about that for a second.He’s saying that if you overdose you should not be kept alive if there’s an option to keep you alive. Because you are probably just going to overdose again.
At this point, Maddow was obviously quite angered by Lepage’s total lack of human compassion, she sarcastically added:
You know what? If you think about it further, I guess we all are going to die someday. So you could really say that about any medical treatment. I mean, why treat your infection with penicillin or antibiotics? All it’s going to do is extend your life until it ends anyway. You have a treatable form of cancer? Why should the state of Maine abide you getting any treatment for it? Why extend your life when it’s just going to end anyway?
No matter how correct Maddow and others are regarding Lepage’s position, in the end, Governor Lepage is going to do as he as always done, act in his own self-interest without regard for the lives or welfare of the people he governs.
Watch Rachel Maddow’s beautiful takedown of Governor Lepage here:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cMRIxq1VmA]
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