Wishing you the joy of this Holiday Season. You are called!

Ron Panzer
President Hospice Patients Alliance
July 18, 2004
Reproduced with Permission

Dear friends of life,

We are at a new crossroad in our nation's history. Which way we turn at this time will determine the future (or lack thereof) of the vulnerable elderly, disabled, exploitable, as well as the born and unborn. There are huge profits being made in health care by ruthless corporate manipulators who publicly tout their "concern" for the "welfare" of patients, while mainstreaming a lethal protocol of patient care denials, mistreatment, and direct intervention to involuntarily end the patient's life. Other agencies cling to the original mission to care and serve.

Elected government officials are privately pleased when fewer elderly, disabled and vulnerable remain: less Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security to pay out. They do not collectively care one bit about the public, eventually patients at the end of life. Politicians care about retaining their own power. Decades have gone by with Congressional hearing after hearing being held about abuse, neglect and worse treatment of the elderly. Our leaders have not only done nothing to remedy the situation; they secretly make sure things continue as they are. They benefit from donations from those who exploit the vulnerable. See www.opensecrets.org

Change is long overdue.

The only way that things will change is if each one of us starts to spread the message of life, the awareness of the killings and to call our legislators and tell them we will not tolerate these killings any more. Just as the proponents of a culture of death speak out loudly, we need to be speaking out. We cannot win the battle if we do not even engage! How many of us simply remain silent!

It is not too much to ask each one of us to find two other people who will dedicate themselves to also spread the word to two other people. Just two who accept the task of spreading the word that life is precious, that we are to care for, not kill, our brothers and sisters on this Earth, that many thousands are already being killed in a silent Holocaust in private health facility settings throughout our nation.

Many ask "what can I do?" This is something you can do that will work. A massive grassroots effort will succeed. Can you commit to this task? Simply find two people who will also commit; just two. This is not about sending an email and forgetting this. It is about committing to a cause. When generations look back to this time, will they say that the people simply didn't care, didn't life a finger to stop the slaughter of the innocents?

We are asked to "make a difference" in this life, but what kind of difference are we making? Remaining silent, doing nothing perpetuates the harm to the vulnerable. Those who remain silent, when they have knowledge of the crimes against the vulnerable, have a huge impact in continuing the culture of death. We cannot remain afraid to speak out.

We must speak out and do something to ease the burden. We are not asked to do something beyond our ability. Simple kindness makes all the difference.

Jesus taught:

Matthew 25:
34"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

We, who are able, are asked to care for those in need, to come to aid of those who are vulnerable. This Holiday Season, share your love with those who are in need, and you will enjoy the real peace and inner joy of this season.

It is in the loving touch, person to person, caregiver to patient, that we find recognition and light.

You are called to serve. Commit now to find just two people and share the message with them.

So simple, yet powerful!

Best wishes!

Ron Panzer
for Hospice Patients Alliance