Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.” Hubert Humphrey

"“In Obama’s worldview, our trust is in government not in God. A denial of how God designed and created our economic and social systems to actually work in the real world."
Minnesota Family Council PresidentTom Prichard

Why is universal health care such a scary concept? Is it because it’s sometimes called socialized medicine? Why is that frightening? Because it contains the word social which makes people think of Socialism which, in turn, makes them think of Communism…which is dumb.

If people without access to health care are given access that doesn't mean that somebody is going to goose step into your home and start taking your stuff…unless they’re a National Socialist*. . . in which case you have bigger problems than who’s taking your TV. So, calm down and start thinking of ways to fake a Prussian family tree. But! I digress. Universal health care, at it’s core, is a very Judeo/Christian concept. The strong take care of the weak in order to hopefully turn the weak into the strong some day. It’s a do unto others kind of a deal.

And this is why the "religious right" are wrong. They stand there in their two thousand dollar suits and pumps and talk about family values and Christian ethics while proudly fingering their WWJD? bracelets and, basically, flip the bird to the poor. Hell, to the middle class! And if, God forbid, you’re gay? Get right outta’ town!

No.

Seriously.

Go.

They don’t want you in their town. Unless, of course, you’ve been to a “reprogramming” camp or seminar and men /women no longer hold any sway over you…except for in public bathroom stalls…and then they’ll elect you to congress. I digress. Again. Sorry.

How can people say they abide by and have no faith in any teaching but those of Jesus Christ (Yeshua Bar Yoseph…look it up.) behave in this way? It maddens me. They quote and they quote and they spout their hate for every kind but our kind till their faces turn red. And, the funny part, if there is a funny part, is that these people have, in fact, studied the bible. All of their quotes come from the bible. But they skipped some important stuff.

Blessed are the peace makers: for they shall be called sons of God.

If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

Love thy neighbor as thyself.

These are the rocks of the faith as I understand it. let’s face facts, if Jesus was alive today they’d want him deloused before being allowed into their eminent presences. And then, after he gave the sermon on the mount, they’d call him a dirty, hippie, commie Jew…well, they’d leave out the Jew bit. . . But, come on, they’d think it.

My point, if I may be permitted to believe I have one, is that a true person of God, any God, doesn’t turn their back on the infirm. They don’t pull themselves above the muck and then kick the people down who are trying to pull themselves up as well. They try to help those people. Why? Because that’s what a person does. Anything else makes you a schmuck.

So, the question is simple, my fellow Americans, do you want to help your fellow man? Or do you want to be a schmuck? And if you, just for a minute, look down at that shiny little bracelet of yours and actually think about the question I think you’ll find the right answer.


*FYI - not Socialists but Fascists

12 comments:

Olivia said...

Well said!

Anonymous said...

It's the insurance companies spending hundreds of millions of dollars bribing the Republicans for support and brainwashing the under-educated, easily frightened Religious Right morons, getting them to use national debt and government spending as their cover story/ excuse not to support real reform. Where were all the anti-tax people when we were spending $10,000,000,000 a month in Iraq (and still are!)? Where were these tea-bagger idiots when Bush lowered taxes for the super rich and passed the "savings" onto the state and local governments (aka- higher taxes for us, the middle class)? They were too busy watching NASCAR or going to Toby Keith concerts to care then, I guess. Oh- and Bush was white.

Universal health care is a MORAL issue. We have people dying because they are POOR. Anyone who is against universal health care is greedy and cannot call themselves a true Christian. Period. Show me ANY passage in the Bible where Jesus turned his back on someone because he/she was costing Him too much money. America has the money. It's just the insurance companies aren't willing to give up their share of it and will pay the religious right mercenaries anything to keep it that way. Those tea-bagger phonies are sell-outs and should be ashamed. It's as simple as that.

-J

Retainer Girl said...

I think the best way to help people understand the topic is simplify it: The insurance companies are just about the only thing in this country without competitors. In other words, insurance companies have a *monopoly*. If we had a universal health care option, there would be *competition*, and that directly benefits citizens.

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