For some reason the phrase "drunk with stupidity" keeps recurring in our thoughts, and a recent editorial in Boulder Weekly seems prototypical of that concept.
Guatemalans who were deliberately infected with syphilis during medical tests in the 1940s are suing the U.S. government for compensation.So yes. No infecting others with syphilis just to see what happens, kids. M'kay?
Good. The lawsuit claims that hundreds of Guatemalan people, including psychiatric patients, were infected without their consent during government research studies on penicillin.
Last fall, U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, issued a public apology for the atrocities, which were part of a sexually transmitted disease study conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service from 1946 to 1948.
The lawsuit compares the study to the Tuskegee syphilis experiment that began in the 1930s in Alabama, in which doctors observed the progression of the disease in about 400 low-income African-Americans. The subjects were never told they had the disease and were never treated for it.
Both were shameful chapters in our history that we should never forget, to prevent them from being repeated.
Oops, we better not say anything negative about this country, it might be considered anti-American.
Remember what happened to Ward Churchill. You might get investigated and have skeletons in your closet. You might have an offensive bumper sticker and be pulled over for an illegal search.
Random incidental thought: Let's give government more power over our health care. What could go wrong?