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Man who feared that ObamaCare will result in death shot his children

On June 28, 2012, Daryl Benway went onto Facebook and shared a photo bearing this text:

Ask your doctor about ObamaCare*

* Side effects include delayed treatment, elevated taxes, swelled deficits, shortages of doctors, and in some cases … DEATH.

About one month later, he reportedly shot his two children, instantly killing one, before committing suicide.

He worried about ObamaCare but he shot his kids and killed himself?

He worried about ObamaCare but he's dangerously obese?

Does. Not. Compute.

At the risk of further alienating my dwindling number of conservative friends, I'll mention another reason why my enthusiasm for conservatism is waning: because the rhetoric too often didn't match the reality. Conservatives often tout personal responsibility but don't practice it, and Daryl Benway was living proof of it. He appeared to be digging his grave with his fork before he chose the most maladaptive way to deal with depression.

And it's all the fault of ObamaCare, or Obama, or anyone but him; the finger of blame is always pointed outward. His was until he reportedly wrapped it around a trigger.

On December 24, 2011, he shared this:

I WANT, I WANT, I WANT

Every day you hear people saying what they want! Well, this is what I want:

I want people who are sick to be healed.

I want children with no families to be adopted.

I want people to never have to worry about food and shelter and heat.

Most of all, I would like to see our people start to care for one another.

Benway worried about what the government would do, what others should do, and what Osama bin Laden had done. He worried about the cost of healthcare while creating a need for it: his son is now in pediatric intensive care with a bullet in his head.

Here's what I want: I want people to focus more on their imperfections than the flaws of others.

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The views expressed on this page may or may not reflect my current opinions, nor do they necessarily represent my past ones. After reading a slice of what I wrote in my various websites and books, you may conclude that I am a liberal Democrat or a conservative Republican. Wrong; there is a better alternative. Just as the primary benefit from debate classes results when students present and defend opinions contrary to their own, I use a similar strategy as a creative writing tool to expand my brainpower—and yours. Mystified? Stay tuned for an explanation. PS: The wheels in your head are already turning a bit faster, aren't they?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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