You're right. My apologies.
Accepted. For future reference (this is to everyone) : when reading my posts, assume a default intended mood of "sarcasm" or "exasperated humor." Never assume that I'm taking an unwarranted personal shot at another poster. Return fire, however, may be brutal.
Now, since stevesh has proven to be an understanding good sport, I shall use him again as a springboard. He writes of:
...ObamaCare, the latest symptom of the accelerating decline of a once-great country. The whole thing depresses me and makes me angry.
I only see two possible solutions now: sheep-like acceptance of this Brave New World, or bloody revolution. I think I prefer the latter, sad as that is.
First, I'm genuinely dumbstruck that anyone can see an existential threat in a good-faith, if flawed and fatally hamstrung, effort to improve health-care coverage. I honest-to-god do not get that. The most ready explanation would be to presume mental illness (paranoia, for example) on the part of the person so panicked. But, being a good progressive, I hesitate to blame the victim.
I will blame instead a corporate-capitalist structure that has done exactly what any complex organism does: expend resources to create and maintain defensive mechanisms. In the U.S., these have increasingly taken the ingenious but insidious form of transforming potential threats to
the "capitalist organism" into defenders of
that organism. Convincing the working people of America that the capitalists'
interests are their
interests; convincing the working class that the slightest inconvenience to the capitalists is an existential threat to the lives and chastity of the workers. Brilliant! We see in all the people who have demonstrated in the streets of America, and who have sounded off in these pages, how capitalist (and other regressive-oppressive) forces have brought people out willing to shed blood to fight "existential threats" that simply do not exist.
Folks, "the man" --whoever you want to think that is, okay?-- doesn't need to do a thing to control you, if he's already got you so far gone that you're willing to cut your own throat --and certainly mine or anyone else's who happens to get in "your way"-- in defense of HIS interests.
As regards the "health care reform" legislation, all the propaganda you've heard is NOT from people who have your best interests in mind. Corporations don't
put billions into advertising and paying Limbaugh and the other mouthpieces and sponsoring traveling "spontaneous" demonstrations in order to help you!
But right now, thanks to expenditures like that, corporate America has you exactly like I just said: willing to cut throats to fend off something that is no threat to you!
When it comes to the "health care reform," folks, please-- calm down! I can promise you
that in 2 years when the rest of this legislation goes into effect:
No one is going to kill your grandma. A gang of Kenyan Blacks will not come with U.S. Marshals demanding access to your daughter for "medical experiments." No one is going to take your shotguns. No one is going to force you to be gay. No one is going to force you to allow Blacks in your church. No one is going to tie you down and siphon your blood and put it into a pregnant "illegal alien." Whatever else you are afraid of, IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. Take it from me, some dude whose real name you don't even know, because he's giving you a lot more truth than some millionaire on Fox "News" ever will.
In fact, I wish you'd try to take a hard look at whoever has told you the scary stuff, and ask yourself: WHY did they tell me that? Let me start you off with a good general clue: it wasn't
to protect your
interests. Procede from there.
Now: marvel as I shift gears--
If stevesh is still with me: I'm assuming that you're an American male, stevesh. If you were born after 1961, did you register with Selective Service? Same question to any other male American readers who may be panicked about "Obamacare." Did y'all register? You did? You mean you sheepishly accepted
that intrusion? Because hey-- that's about potentially killing you in a war
. "Obamacare" is just about altering how a few %s of Americans pay for health care
. I don't remember any riots against Selective Service post 1982, so apparently there was no Option #2 (bloody revolution) over that. So if potentially hauling your asses off involuntarily to war
was no biggie, WHY is this attempt at tweaking insurance such a big goddamn deal to y'all?
To YOU, worried posters, not to the radio talkers who get paid to get you scared about anything, and not to Mitch McConnell and John Boehner and every other congressional Republican whose bribe fee depends on whether their party is "in power." Set aside anything negative you've heard from those highly-interested players, and reflect very personally on why it worries YOU. It shouldn't, good folks.
Okay now, I'm out of steam. Y'all calm down too. Pres. Obama will be re-elected and it'll be alright