It was at the Hutchinson Cancer Clinic in Seattle, several years ago I first saw live cancer cells under a microscope. It’s forever seared into my memory.
Dr. Fred Hutchinson, founder of the renowned clinic and research center, was showing me around. He asked me, “Have you ever actually seen cancer cells? Would you like to?”
Of course I said I would, and he took me into a laboratory and produced a number of slides. I looked through the high-powered microscope – and gazed at the embodiment of evil. Little black, iridescent globs, almost radiant from within, pulsing with menace, looking like miniaturized Darth Vaders from Star Wars.
“Doc, this is ghastly, frightening! What in the world can fight these things?” I asked.
“These,” he said. And he stuck another slide under the scope. I was now looking at what looked like a bunch of Little Orphan Annie eyes, perfectly round clear circles. I asked, “These little circles, they can fight those evil blisters?”
“They can absolutely lick cancer totally; I’ll show you,” he said. And he then showed me a progression of slides, and I’ll never forget what I saw. In stages, those little circles – lymphocytes or white blood cells – moved up to and around the black blisters, completely covered them, and smothered them out of existence. They created an environment in which the cancer cells couldn’t function, and they just dissolved.
In my mind, I saw a subtitle tickertape moving under the slides, right out of the Bible: “Be not overcome with evil. Overcome evil with good.”
Doctor Fred went on. “Every body contracts cancer cells from time to time, unknown to the person. Most of the time, a healthy blood stream will deliver those lymphocytes where they’re needed, and in sufficient quantity, and the cancer cells are dissolved and expelled. We here, and around the world, are trying to find the way to send that army of white blood cells to the places where the cancer cells have established a foothold. When we accomplish that, we’ll lick cancer.”
I then asked the obvious question. “Do we know how cancer starts, where the black filthy cells come from?”
And, as I remember it, he said the medical research world feels there’s some virus that infects otherwise healthy cells, and chemically distorts or corrupts their DNA. Those cells go on living in the organ, and reproducing – but now controlled by a different blueprint. They have become outlaws, renegades and as they grow they disrupt the functions of the organ, contaminate and ruin it; and they can eventually spread through the body, using the bloodstream, and cause death.
There’s something fearfully like that going on in our body politic. A deadly virus has been loosed throughout our system, and wherever it takes root, it changes the functions and the structure that gave us the grandest, strongest, freest system of government the world has ever known.
I call it liberalism.
Why? Because, unlike conservatism, which by definition seeks to conserve, to preserve the very structure our Founding Fathers provided in which individual liberty could flourish, liberalism seeks to take everybody under a controlling, supposedly benevolent government, and provide not individual liberty, but a society in which all needs are met somehow – at the cost of personal independence.
I have dear friends, even close family, who are liberals. They’re good and caring people, and they really desire to see America erase poverty, inequality, prejudice and ignorance. They earnestly believe Big Government can do all that, if we’ll just institute enough benevolent regulations and programs and bureaucracies. We can create heaven on earth – through a radically altered DNA. And they want us to do it.
Thus motivated, they always support political candidates and ballot measures that promise to do all those things. And when confronted with all the evidence that Big Government is ineffective, bloated, eventually unfair and disorganized, they look for candidates who promise they can do it better.
With utmost respect for liberal people I love dearly, I believe they’ve been infected with a virus. They honestly don’t know it, and will deny it to my face, but I can see they don’t trust the Constitution and the sparse but sinewy structure it created, the liberty for individuals and localities to address their own problems – without looking to the federal government for all solutions. They’ve become utterly convinced a centralized, hugely tax-funded government can, and should, solve all our human problems.
The liberal virus, I believe, gains entrance through the I’s. Not the eyes, but the I’s. The afflicted liberal proclaims “I think …,” “I want …,” “I‘d rather …,” instead of asking “What does the Constitution say?” or “What does the Bible say?” as did our Founding Fathers.
In Hollywood, where I’ve plied my trade for 50 years, I’ve seen and heard this virus spread almost unchecked. Nobody wants to be told they can’t, or shouldn’t, do anything. Morality? Tradition? Decency? Religion? … Outmoded concepts, not relevant. “Why can’t we give the public what it wants? Who makes the rules? I’ll do what I want, say whatever I please. Leave me alone. I just made 30 million, didn’t I?”
An atheist in San Francisco declares “I don’t like the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance. I don’t care what you 300 million other Americans want. I don’t like it … take ’em out!” And the 9th Circuit Court agrees!
And now a fledgling president says, to an angry citizenry, 85 percent of which doesn’t want a universal health-care plan, “Don’t bet against me. I promise you I’ll get this plan passed by year’s end.” What you want? As the Constitution provides? No! What I want, what I think you need, and what you should pay $1.1 trillion for!
This virus is powerful. It so changes the rational thought of its victims that they’ll ride roughshod over the citizenry’s wishes. But we’re seeing the even more powerful antidote – the lymphocytes, the white corpuscles we call ordinary Americans, who are confronting the blistered spokesmen for the unwanted, socialistic takeover under way. At town halls and gatherings all over this country, they’re rushing in to create an environment in which the virus cannot prevail.
Fellow citizens, “Be not overcome with evil – but overcome evil with good.”