Why Alfie Mattered


As I have revealed before, I live just outside of Memphis, Tennessee, where I was born in St. Joseph’s Hospital…a long time ago.

While that hospital is now gone, Memphis remains a major medical center, featuring world renowned medical care from well-known providers such as Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

However, by far the best known medical care center in Memphis is St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, which provides free care to children who are fighting for their lives against the scourge of cancer and other horrific diseases.

On their “About Us” page on their website, the hospital explains its origin…

Unsure of his life’s direction, a young Danny Thomas sought guidance from St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. If the saint would point to the path he should take, Danny vowed to build a shrine in his name. Success followed Danny’s plea and soon after, the legendary entertainer set about fulfilling his vow to St. Jude. The result was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

This wonderful hospital is not funded by the government.

American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC) was founded by Danny Thomas in 1957 to be the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and its sole mission is to raise the funds and awareness necessary to operate and maintain the hospital. ALSAC is responsible for raising 75% of the funds necessary to operate St. Jude.

So, what’s my point?

While all of these precious children are being given the expert care which they need and deserve in order to fight for their very lives and to win through this private hospital funded by the benevolence of Americans and others around the world, a 23 month old child has died overnight in the United Kingdom, because the government-run Socialized Healthcare System would not allow his parents to take him to Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital in Rome, Italy, where treatment which may have given him a fighting chance to live is being offered free of charge.

As Americans, this monstrous situation which we have watched play out before us, is an object lesson as to the consequences of installing the Marxist Theory of Socialism in a Government-run National Healthcare System.

You may be asking, “Why didn’t the Brits seem to care about the life of this innocent child?”

As Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich wrote in an opinion piece for FoxNews.com

Some of it comes from Britain’s National Health Service, which must bureaucratically define what is worth investing in and what is not. In a world of limited medical resources, little babies with rare conditions become expendable “for the greater good.” The fact that we are all diminished makes no difference to the atheist bureaucratic left.

Those who say they favor socialism must be made to confront this inhumanity, which is an integral part of socialist implementation. When the government controls everything, the government defines everything, and humanity is crushed beneath petty rules and petty rulers.

I broke it down even further in a tweet I posted on Thursday…

There, but for the Grace of God, goes America.

In closing his article, Gingrich quoted John Donne, who wrote that

…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

In the case of innocent little Alfie, his death has diminished a whole country…

…whose inaction speaks volumes.

Until He Comes,


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