Again, the present controversy concerning health care, the House version, is a case in point. Without getting into the nitty-gritty, the disruptive atmosphere pervading nearly every town-hall meeting devoted to clarifying and discussing the issue, despite the lack of preparation on the part of the congresspersons who are supposed to know better, I have but one comment to make: it’s been a total disgrace.
I know that some have and will call it the reigniting of the American spirit, the radicalization of the silent majority, the reawakening on the part of the forgotten white male, once so prominent in laying America’s foundation and now, all so neglected and made dispensable, the call for freedom and liberty on the part of Everyman. And they’ll regard it as the greatest happening since the War of Independence — so sweet the sound.
Well, I have a different take. Once more, we’re seeing the great unwashed masses — white trash, if you ask me — subjected to politics of fear. Indeed, it’s no different than, when under the auspices of “The War on Terror,” most Americans have been more than willing to give up some of their rights under the Patriot Act. This time, however, it’s the government that represents the greatest menace by way of “death-panels,” rationing healthcare, and whatnot. And in the name of what? Insuring those who, by reason of personal circumstance or the vagaries of the private insurance market, have been left in the cold? Of possibly reducing the overall medical costs when the uninsured check in the emergency rooms and, while not denied treatment, contribute more than heftily to everyone’s insurance costs?
Yet the propaganda continues, and it falls on the receptive ears of our seniors, old farts who have no sympathy for anyone but themselves, a privileged class which has never experienced a setback while America was still believable and going strong, the old and dying remnant which knows nothing of solidarity or class-consciousness, of the common lot uniting all peoples of every color, creed and ethnic background, be they Americans or of any other origin. And why? Because they never had to! And so, their only concern is their own entitlements, screw every-body else.
What a sorry state of affairs to be concerned only with number one? What a legacy for a nation that bills itself as the land of the free and the brave? You want my honest opinion? We don’t deserve to survive. And we won’t if this continues. What we’re seeing is a nation disintegrating before our very eyes, falling apart at the seams, while its people think nothing of it. The public good is the furthest thing from their mind. The spirit is gone, the spirit of humanity and common destiny that awaits not just Americans but all men, the sense of human decency and all the values which make us thoughtful, sentient beings.