Posts Tagged ‘control’
First I am glad that as a nation we can now move ahead with the task of rolling out health care access to all Americans. Thus we enter the 20th century compared to all other industrialized nations. We have steps to go to join the 21st century, but at least the journey has begun finally.
Second, Republicans will still not give up their grip of controlling people’s health care. Those represented by the Republican Party believe their destiny is to control the lives of those of us who are not in their opinion able to control our own lives. They have various ways of maintaining that control, such as what decisions a woman can make about her reproductive system, who can vote, who can be allowed into the country, what we are taught and on and on.
Controlling people’s access to healthcare is a major way to control people. If a person can’t access health care, their ability to function as a full citizen is impaired as they are not able to control their own life. Now Republicans no longer have that power over others’ lives. This is a huge break in the control they have had. For example, people will soon be able to leave their jobs and still have access to health care on an affordable basis. The employer no longer will have the chain of health insurance to tether an employee.
Third, I simply can’t see a Republican Party that will hold together much longer with a platform of taking away access to health care, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid along with their traditional platform of denying the vote to classes of people, wrecking the public school system and things like teaching science. What they stand for as a party has become toxic to any sensient human. We can expect desertion from their ranks as they lose election after election.
Fourth, we were just handed a major issue for the statehouse. With the need for health care exchanges needing to be prepared at each state level, there is a stark question for the voter: Do you want the health care exchange (and any subsequent changes) to be made by representatives that want to make things work for all citizens, or by those bent on destroying the system? For me, the choice is obvious. As a stakeholder in this country, I want someone who will work their butt off to make the entity work to its best.
Finally, I hope that soon I will never see one of those canisters on the convenience store counter with a story of some poor child that has cancer, has no insurance and their family is now destitute due to the medical bills. If that isn’t just about the saddest commentary on America, I don’t know what is.
I can’t understand why, in what is by far the richest country in history, a small segment can choose to deny basic medical care to one-fifth of their own countrymen. I can think of no rational reason for doing so. Just as a couple of generations ago these same folks worked hard to deny citizenship to a segment of the population whose only sin was the color of their skin. The Chief Justice in those days was Earl Warren, a Republican appointee who was expected to stop change, became one of the leaders of change because it was the right and constitutional thing to do. Maybe John Roberts’ conscience has been awakened.
No doubt Republicans will be using this decision to raise yet even more money than the already enormous amount they have on hand. Please remember this is but one instance of where Americans are being freed from the control of others. if you help them out you are helping them take control of your life once more.
One last comment – why do Republicans hate people? What have we done that has made them so mad that they insist that 45 million of their fellow countrymen must live without insurance and the risks associated with that? Do we smell? Are we crazy? Are we so repugnant that we must never have the rights and privileges of full citizens? They want to limit our healthcare, they try to take away our votes, they send our jobs to China and cut the wages of those jobs that stay here, they try to deny food to those among us that are poor. Is their money so precious that they must starve their fellow countrymen? I am so tired of their politics of hate and exclusion. It is like an updated version of the old South gone national.
But I fear the battle will now move to the states where Republican governors – like our own Terry Branstad – will do all they can to deny health coverage to their own citizens. Outrageous!
Nearly 20 years ago, my father-in-law was in the hospital with the first of what would be 5 heart attacks. The heart specialist came by for his evening visit. One of the questions the doctor asked my father-in-law was what he did for a living. Well at age 50, this man who had been an outstanding finish carpenter all his life, had been out of work for nearly 2 years before getting a job in a factory. Factory life was new to him at a somewhat advanced age. The machine pace and having many bosses was something brand new.
The doctor shook his head knowingly and said “There is no worse job for stress than being a factory worker. You have no control over anything.” The doctor went on to say that “having no control over anything causes stress and frustration. Even jobs like mine have less stress because I am in control of what I do.”
Boy oh boy has that comment ever stuck with me. When I look at events in the news, this comment often floats into my brain. As I look at the Occupy movement my thoughts go back to that comment. What lies at the very, very bottom of the frustrations that have brought thousands to stand up and say “ENOUGH” is just who is in control.
Some of the biggest stress points in a democracy come where what is supposed to be collides directly with reality. We saw it early in the country when the ideal of freedom and liberty stood in direct contrast with the reality of slavery. Now we see the ideal of “We, the People” standing in direct contrast with the reality of OUR government slowly becoming a paid subsidiary of Wall Street.
As with my father-in-law laying in that bed, it seems as if America has suffered a catastrophic health event due to the stress of having lost control of its life. We as a country now dance to the music that Wall Street plays. We as a country do what Wall Street – through its bought and paid for representatives – tells us to do.
We as individual citizens have lost so much control of our own lives. Women have little control over their own reproductive health. Gays have so many restrictions on how they can conduct their lives. If you want to protest governmental actions, it must be done in proscribed ways. Many citizens are in danger of losing their right to vote because they can’t afford an ID or can’t find a birth certificate. Other of our citizens face arrest because of the color of their skin or the sound of their surname.
And perhaps the biggest single frustration is that millions upon millions have been financially burned, not due to their own choices or actions, but due to the preferences, rules and laws that give corporations and the rich favored treatment. “We, the People” only want a fair chance. But when jobs dry up through mergers or are sent overseas for cheaper wages or money is simply withheld from the system, they ain’t got a chance. While corporations flaunt laws with impunity, their minions in congress and the state legislatures make laws to punish people for being poor.
So the essential question is not who is in control today. That is easy to see. Corporations and the rich are indeed in charge. They got there by buying the service of those in government. The question is, what does our constitution say and how do we get reality back to what is in line with that?
With a system so skewed to one side it is not going to be easy. And those in power will not give it up willingly. Pressuring elected officials to do the right thing will be met with resistance in the form of huge money and new draconian laws.
But don’t give up – we have the numbers and the votes. It is time to find and elect officials who will put the people back in charge.