Justin Bieber For President – Or, who cares what he thinks?

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First, while I agree with him about the health care issue in the U.S., we aren’t the sum total of our health care crisis. And why in the world do we care what he says. He’s what? 12, 11?

“You guys are evil,” he laughs in the new issue of Rolling Stone. “Canada’s the best country in the world. We go to the doctor and we don’t need to worry about paying him, but here, your whole life, you’re broke because of medical bills. My bodyguard’s baby was premature, and now he has to pay for it. In Canada, if your baby’s premature, he stays in the hospital as long as he needs to, and then you go home.”

Bieber, who turns 17 on March 1st, also has an opinion on abortion.

“It’s like killing a baby,” he says.

via Justin Bieber unimpressed with American health care system, prefers Canada’s « Entertainment.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

6 thoughts on “Justin Bieber For President – Or, who cares what he thinks?

  1. This is the difference between the US and Canada: if an American celebrity comes up here and makes a criticism, we’re likely to tell him “You’re right.”

    When the opposite happens, Americans will cry out in a great chorus: “Well, if you don’t like it, clear off back to your own country!”

    Your crazy healthcare (or health-don’tcare) system may not be the “sum total” but it’s what you’re known for the whole world over.

    What we should all really be discussing, and applauding, are young Justin’s fine comments against abortion.

  2. Justin who?

    My problem with this “free” thing is the classic: “But where does it end?”

    I’m hungry. Give me free food now.

    I need new Nikes, now. Gimme.

    And so on.

    The idea that when it’s free you get what the giver feels like giving you (if anything at all) doesn’t seem to sink in to these folk.

    The benevolence of governments is not something history recommends you depend on.

  3. It’s not free, taxpayers pay for it. *Charity* is when you get what the giver feels like giving you. A national healthcare system is the benevolence of taxpaying citizens, not governments.

    Personally I don’t mind paying taxes so that the elderly poor person across the street — or in the next block/city — can get a knee replacement operation. Would you?

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