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Kevorkian Sets Sights on Congress

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Posted on Mar 24, 2008
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Dr. Jack Kevorkian, whose controversial work as a euthanasia advocate earned him both the nickname “Dr. Death” and time in the slammer, has a new crusade: to win a seat in Congress. Stranger things have been known to happen in American politics.


Detroit Free Press:

He will be an independent candidate whose goal is to raise awareness of the Ninth Amendment to the U.S. Bill of Rights, which says rights spelled out in the Constitution do not diminish rights that aren’t specifically spelled out.

“You can’t take my innate rights away from me without a fight,” he said.

That fight is more important than any scandal in the city of Detroit, Kevorkian said. He interprets the amendment as allowing an individual to do anything as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone, such as helping with an assisted suicide. Kevorkian spent more than eight years in prison after being convicted of second degree murder for one of an estimated 130 assisted suicides he participated in during the 1990s.

“If you want to have 10 pounds of marijuana in your house, why not? As long as you don’t hurt anybody,” he said.

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By Eso, March 26, 2008 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

Must be teenagers who make these wisecracks. Or perhaps we really are out of touch with reality.

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By 1twenty1, March 25, 2008 at 10:02 pm Link to this comment

Now here’s a dude that can make a “Blue-Dog-Democrat” really blue!

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By Blackspeare, March 25, 2008 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

An appropriate campaign slogan could be; Kevorkian——he’s dead right!

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By Paolo, March 25, 2008 at 7:08 pm Link to this comment

I regard Kevorkian as a true hero. As a libertarian, I have to ask the question: who owns your life? Is it the State? Or is it you?

If you own your own life, then you have the right to end your life whenever you see fit. The state has no special wisdom to overrule you in such a personal matter. 

Anyone who has ever visited a wing of a hospital where the dying are kept alive, in shrieking agony, should support Kevorkian.

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By DennisD, March 25, 2008 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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Kevorkian Sets Sights on Congress

I only wish he had done that years ago. Oh hell, I thought he was going to put them out their misery not run for Congress.

How he’ll be able to tell the dead, from the merely dead from the neck up Senators and Congressmen I’ll never know.

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By Aegrus, March 25, 2008 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

Campaign Slogan:

“You have a choice.”

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By jatihoon, March 25, 2008 at 8:53 am Link to this comment

Till death do we part,Dr Kevorkian is not doing anything illegal, he is following the gospel, be kind to thy neighbor. He is only giving helping hand not poison pill and which is not hard swallow or follow, “YOUR PICK”,SAYS DR KEVORKIAN.”

Vote for me and I will lead you to the promised land.Ladies and gentlemen, “COCKTAIL TIME”,drink it may god have mercy on your soul.

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By matt, March 25, 2008 at 6:30 am Link to this comment
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see some satirical kevorkian bumper stickers and campaign slogans here:
http://www.creativeminorityreport.com/2008/03/vote-kevorkian-or-else.html

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By Purple Girl, March 25, 2008 at 5:26 am Link to this comment

Go Jack Go !!
As not only a Dem, and a Believer in our inalienable Rights, but a Social Worker in Long Term Care, I support You. I no longer work in the industry because of the Undignified way Our Elderly and Disabled are cared for- Private for Profits should Never be in the Business of Human Welfare- the Bottom line focus, Not the Bottom of a Patient. Staff Ratio’s alone scream Unhumane and Unethical.
then add to that the number of patients who asked Me to ‘Help Them’ ..They were suffering.
Such necessary Basic Human needs should NEVER be left in the hands of Profiteers (that include the gift we have been given in Natural Resources- tools for the survival and Progress of Mankind)
It’s time the Gov’t focusing on it’s essential Duties and NOT on our Private Lives.

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By Eso, March 25, 2008 at 3:03 am Link to this comment

I believe that I have a right to determine the time of my own death and that there is no authority “out there”, whether some questionable God, or government, or “religion” to tell me otherwise. I myself am well over 70, and my greatest anxiety comes not from death itself, but from not being able to go when I decide it is time to go. Incidentally, I also support cloning, therefore, in another “civilization” I will hopefully be able to do both.

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By Spinoza750, March 24, 2008 at 11:30 pm Link to this comment

I believe it was Thomas Pain who said the only life you can morally take is your own. Kevorkian makes good sense.  Official ideology sucks.  There is no justification for it based on facts, logic or reason. No one gets hurt by someone taking their life.  We need to end rule by busybodies. it is shameful that this man was put in jail and scum of the Earth like Bush and Cheney are free to harm others.  We have to do everything to get rid of people such as Bush and Cheney or the scum on Fox News. Our society and culture would be better for it.

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By ApprxAm, March 24, 2008 at 11:18 pm Link to this comment

...Get Tom Delay a cocktail.

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By QuyTran, March 24, 2008 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

Our Congress really needs “Dr. Death”. We better vote for him than most of present “dead” members at both house.

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