The wingnut whine is deep and loud out there today. A body can hardly keep from giggling at their thrashing to and fro and spittle flecked threats ranging from signing petitions to civil war. It is the sound of a dying mindset that has been dying for a long time, but in between with spurts of life, followed by abject failure and the continuing death spiral. And it has caused this country great harm as with Reaganomics the past 30 years.
It is the myth of the Perfect American, that never gets sick, broke, nor victim of circumstance. Romanticized in movies and novels from a time when there were a lot fewer of us, lesser technology, and lesser knowledge in general. The John Wayne icon of the self sufficient American tower of strength that never needs help nor compassion, an apparition of American Exceptionalism, that has fogged the reality that we are no more, or less, human than any other human on this earth, but we are industrious and blessed with natural resources like few other peoples.
This myth that has been fiercely promoted and defended by the conservative mindset contains faulty premise toward one lie after another, and caused us to sell our souls more than once to act out this image of infallibility wrongly married to the notion of doing good and being noble, see Iraq and Vietnam.
But the underbelly of this beast is riddled with greed, avarice and hypocrisy that has in the case of health care been turned over to the light of day where the disinfectant of sunlight will further expose the lie of faux individuality. It is a lie that sees 50,000 Americans a year die needlessly because they can’t get decent Health Care.
When this bill goes into effect fully, and even partially, it will begin to change the paradigm of past denials by the general populace, whereas a kind of forced subservience has been the norm for so long. The problem, or one big one, for people accepting the truth they are being swindled, is the fact that out of 80 percent of those who have had health care insurance privately, at any one point in time, only a small fraction of those face severe illness or injury and have to enter the killing zone of the American health insurance industry. And suffer the fate of greedy people with no rules to contain their greed, greed that kills prematurely and increases suffering of those afflicted. The other 70 percent see this happen to their neighbors and friends, but the status quo of powerlessness creates some powerful denial, that it won’t happen to them.
This is one big reason behind the fears and gullibility the greedy wingnuts keep their marks in line with, and easily swayed by their lies that democrats want to kill granny and you, and why it has been so hard to rally support among the public, over the many times reform has been attempted.
Lots of mistakes were made, for sure, and what passed was short of the ultimate mark to finally reign in this greed, but it was a lot more than liberal critics admit. It is a progressive flag planted in to center of capitalist governance mentality the wingnuts worship, and they will not be able to remove it, and over time prevent more flags being planted.
And all the while, the masses will become empowered to expect justice because it is now attainable in a fairly big dose, or what Obama called a patient bill of rights on steroids, that will break the denial of those who haven’t become sick yet and thus victimized when they thought they were covered. This is how social change happens, rarely, if ever, all at once. It is true progressivism that by it’s nature is never the perfect.
I wonder what Abe Lincoln would have thought of this bill, or Mark Twain, or anyone who lived during the time our wingnuts tell us of the self sufficient rugged individualistic Perfect American able to do everything self sufficiently.
I bet they would vote for it. Yes siree.