Read this. A soulless monster worries that the government is out to gitcher-soul, starting with (ABOMINATION!) affordable health care (oh the horror).
This from some guy whom YOU PAY FOR HIS TOP O' THE LINE HEALTH CARE.
Here's an exerpt. The speaker is Steve King, whom some morons voted into Congress:
"You know when I look at this and this whole picture of you seeing the expansion of the nanny state here in America and the administration reaching into every aspect of our lives, the Obamacare piece addresses about 1/6 of our economy and a great big chunk of our American freedom and liberty. I define it this way, the sovereign thing that we have is our own soul, and the federal government hasn’t yet figured out how to nationalize our soul. They did figure out how to nationalize some investment banks, some insurance companies, some car companies and our skin and everything inside it. That’s Obamacare—it’s a nationalization—it’s a government takeover of our sovereign responsibility to manage our own health. Not only do they take over our skin and everything inside it, but they put a ten percent tax on the outside if you go to a tanning salon, Tony."
Here's a couple bits from the Kos commentary:
"The whole dynamic of the health care debate is, on the Republican side, asinine. Figures like King—no, that is unfair, like every single last goddamn one of them, from the miserable Gilded Age sycophant Paul Ryan to the bumbling political weathervane that is John Boehner, and everything between those two points of view, and on the outskirts of them, and even the so-called moderates that for the last four years could not moderate their way out of a sandwich bag—are convinced that it is a matter of "freedom and liberty." The freedom and liberty they speak of, however, is much blunter than perhaps what the Founders intended. The liberty is the liberty to let people die on the streets; the freedom they speak of is the freedom of not giving a damn if it happens.
No, that's not too cruel a summary. I'm sorry for potentially wounding the feelings of psychopaths, but it's just not. That is the precise summation of every argument made against health care reform under the banner of government overreach and liberteez and keep your law off my body!—that last one being another Steve Kingism, proving once and for all that the man does not have a self-aware neuron anywhere in that vapid noggin of his.
...What is the freedom? The freedom to die if you have the wrong kind of insurance? The freedom to have your child die, if you do not have a job that gains you the proper benefits (which, it might be added, it would also be tyranny to require employers to provide?) Or is it simply the freedom to not give a flying damn if that happens to other Americans, so long as you've got yours? Is the liberty involved here the liberty to act as an island, to forego all moral obligations to your fellow man, to forego investing in the general welfare (but not the general defence, heavens no) if you feel that it is just too onerous a task to be bothered with?
Every definition of this particular freedom and liberty that I have yet heard revolves around the freedom to be a son of a bitch, and the liberty to let other Americans die in the streets rather than pay one damn dime to help them. Like King, it is often couched in religious terms—my religion allows me to donate as I see fit to make sure only the right people are kept alive, and only if I feel like it, and only at the times I wish, so that none of the faggots or the Muslims or the ethnic people get it. For many people, their obligations to their fellow man consist of charity—but never of duty."
Why aren't you rioting in the streets? Oh wait a minute, after that bit of Occupy fuss last fall policies have been put in place to make sure THAT doesn't happen again. Okay, but you've got internet and mail. Pester those fools in office. They may not all be as blatant as King, but they're all essentially standing with him. Standing on your collective heads.
Organize – vote Green (see this post). I know, I know – voting third party will only drain votes from the Dems and put the party of King more firmly in control. But that's true only if you can't organize enough people. Sigh – realistically you gotta go for the damn Dems, tell them what you want them to do, vote them in, then KEEP AFTER THEM.
People who worry about abortions manage to keep picket lines going. Why not (small, but persistent) picket lines in front of representatives' offices, insurance company offices and hospitals? And the fucking Supreme Court.
The bastards are gonna keep grinding you down if you let them. AND YOU'RE LETTING THEM!
Alternatively, or also, start taking things into your own hands. Tg within (as a comment to the above linked post) says s/he's saving for medical needs. There are some health problems for which it's unlikely people can save enough. Start collective private insurance pools. Once upon a time discriminated-against black people started their own insurance companies and other businesses instead of whimpering about whitey. And while you're at it, organize some kind of service-and-commodity exchange, because the bastards are out to cut safety nets and aren't gonna do shit about jobs.
And for those who start whining about how they don't want to pay for other people's health-care, get the fuck off the highways, the sidewalks, the air-ways, don't call the police or fire dept., don't use any of the collectively paid-for services meant for the collective good. Go off into the woods with a bunch of ammunition...and some band-aids.
Weird how some people think it's fine for insurance companies, WHO ONLY WANT TO MAKE MONEY, to have life-and-death power over them and their fellow citizens, but are terrified of government, which exists for the purpose of their welfare and which they have a fighting chance of influencing.
SO INFLUENCE ALREADY.
And think about Sky's advice to Kenny on this post. Canada is about as expensive to live in as the U.S. Consider Mexico. Ron Paul may have *known* something when he made that peculiar remark about how the U.S. needs a good southern border to keep Americans in...