By Rebekah Maxwell – BarbWire guest contributor
This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us
In this ever-progressive world of ours, we’ve come to love this paradox: the more enlightened we are, the less we can determine for ourselves. The less we can think for ourselves, the more the government does for us. The more the government does for us, the more control they have over us, and the less we have to decide. The more government controls, the more government we need. And in this way, as the Gospel of St Marx says, the state shall pass away and all will be at peace.
It’s only those stubbornly rebellious hold-outs that need to be brought to heel, er…brought into compliance first. One independent apple, operating by their own conscience, spoils the whole statist utopia. He must be made to care…and made to comply.
Witness one Dr. Carrol Frazier Landrum. He’s an 88-year old physician who’s been in private practice for 55 years. He treats people in his hometown of Edwards, Mississippi (Population 1000 or so), just a small mapdot halfway between Vicksburg and Jackson.
Most of the people he serves are poor and can’t afford hospital visits, so Dr. Landrum drives to meet them, working out of his car.
“I’ve always had a heart for the poor,” Landrum told The Washington Post, struggling to hold back tears. “I grew up poor, and when the doctor would come to us, and he was happy to see us, I pictured myself doing that some day. I try not to ever turn people away — money or no money – because that’s where the need is.”
Landrum grew up in Edwards during the Great Depression. After serving in World War II and the Korean War, he became a doctor and went back to his community to practice medicine. He was operating out of his home office until two years ago, when increasing gang violence, (including two shootings just outside his clinic door) led him to close his office.
“My patients kept saying, ‘Don’t leave, don’t leave,’ and I started working out of my automobile,” he told WLBT.
From the Washington Post’s story:
For the last two years, Landrum has been working without an office, but he’s happy to meet his patients wherever they are. Sometimes, the meetings occur in a home; sometimes they take place in a parking lot. Other patients meet the doctor on the side of a quiet country road — or inside his 2007 Toyota Camry.
But, the State has deemed that his work must come to an end. The Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure is pressing Landrum to surrender his medical license, which he’s had “since Dwight Eisenhower was president.”
At a recent hearing, Landrum was labeled “incompetent” by the board. He said the charge is a catchall, one designed to avoid citing a specific occupational violation, and he maintains he’s done nothing wrong. He said he doesn’t recruit patients and only responds to those who have nowhere else to turn.
“If you’re gong down a highway and somebody is hurt in a car accident, you stop and attend to them,” he told The Post. “And if you’re in a shopping center and somebody is having a heart attack, you stop and help. It’s your duty as a physician, and this is no different.”
But that personal, professional, and moral duty must bow to the permission and regulation of the State. We cannot act independently, outside their prescribed will. They know best.
Because Dr. Landrum refused to surrender his license, the State Board has launched an investigation against him.
Board director H. Vann Craig told the Washington Post he wouldn’t address complaints during the process, claiming, “The mission of the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure is to protect the public.”
From receiving free medical treatment from a experienced doctor from the goodness of his heart.
Landrum’s many supporters — who can be found throughout Edwards and “for 50 miles in every direction,”— say that’s exactly what he’s doing. Last week, supporters – some of whom are third-generation patients — began circulating a petition calling on the state board to allow Landrum to keep his medical license.
Responding to an WLBT story, Margie Williams Divinity, a former registered nurse who said she has worked alongside Landrum in the past, wrote:
I beg the state board of medicine to allow Dr Landrum to continue practicing medicine. He is one of the smartest physicians still practicing. His knowledge base is vast. His diagnosis are always on point and he refers patients and always follow up with his patients. He cares about people, about treating them. He doesn’t care about all of the billing insurances and Medicare and all of the politics associated with medicine. He just wants to help people. He is still very sharp mentally at 88 probably because he did not let all of this political monopoly on healthcare stress him out by not continuing to partake. He is 88 y/o. Let him do what he enjoys and at the same time continue to serve his community…
Asked why he doesn’t just retire, Landrum, who doesn’t have children, isn’t married and considers his patients the closest thing he has to family.
Which is no defense in the face of his offense: operating outside of the State’s boundaries.
Treating patients out of a car? Refusing to charge them? Not filing his work through insurance companies? Not forcing his patients to charge their doctor’s visits to the government? Providing a private alternative to the broken (and state-controlled) health care system?
Clearly, this man is more than incompetent–he’s a danger. He must be stopped, lest others realize that mankind’s care and conscience do not come from the State…and therefore cannot be controlled by the State, no matter how they try.
Rebekah Maxwell, producer of the Steve Deace Show, began reporting and producing at WHO Radio in 2007, with on-air work recognized by the official alphabet soup: the AP, IBNA, NBNA, RTDNA, NAB (all the while staying far from the TSA and UFOs). She delights in debating religion, politics, and all other subjects impolite at the dinner table. Her favorite time of year is Caucus season, and she’s an accomplished slam poet, ready to spit the truth…in mad rhymes, if necessary.
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