21
Mar
10

ranting.

People, what the fuck?!? If I hear one more person talk shit about how flimsy the Executive Order about abortion is, I will eat someone’s face. That’s right, I will go Hannibal Lector on some unsuspecting victim if people continue to let FOX News do their thinking for them without thinking about the facts for a single moment.

1. The bill never gave federal money to abortions, pro-life democrats simply wanted the language to be more clear, and they accepted the Executive Order as the personal assurance from the president that the “status quo would be rigorously upheld.” The EO just strengthens a pre-existing reality, and no, Obama isn’t the most pro-abortion leader in history. There is no such thing as pro-abortion!! No one, not the most hard-line feminist, humanist, socialist, etc., etc., etc., person wants more abortions. People act like Obama is one step away from going around stabbing pregnant women… it’s fantastical nonsense to create fear in people so that their actions can be manipulated.

2. The argument for the pro-lifers, myself among them, is that life is sacred. The sanctity of life is thrown around in the abortion debate more than baseballs in Spring Training. Where does the sanctity of life come into the equation when people are dying because they are uninsured and underinsured?!? If God cares so intensely about life, why is God against a bill that makes sure everyone in this country receives health care as a right, as opposed to a privilege for those who can afford it. This isn’t hyperbole, people are dying in this country because they cannot afford medical care… how does the argument for the sanctity of life not come into play?!?

3. Stop talking about how my children will be in debt because health care is passed. For one, lets none of us pretend that isn’t political strategy. Second, when did the conversation of debt come into play when we waged two simultaneous wars whose combined price tags will rest in the trillions when all is said and done? More people die from lack of health care than from terrorism in our country… so, that being the case, why is it important that we be safe from terrorist attacks that may or may not exist, spawned in the country of Iraq which may or may not have harbored terrorists, but who NEVER had WMDs; however, it is not important to be safe from unchecked disease because we can either be denied health coverage because of a pre-existing condition, or, can have our health coverage revoked when we get sick. That really happens!! People pay for coverage for thirty years, get cancer, and lose their coverage. Americans! In what Hannity calls the freest, best, greatest nation God has ever blessed the world with. I don’t have a problem with myself or my kids needing to pay taxes so that the sick can be healed. How does a Christian of any kind argue against the poor being cared for?!? READ THE BIBLE!

Normally, this is where I would apologize for ranting, but not anymore. I can’t take it anymore. This is ludicrous, insane! There is no precedent for a nation going bankrupt because of socialized medicine, actually, every other wealthy industrialized democracy in the world has health care for everyone. Also, this plan doesn’t create socialized medicine, it doesn’t even have a public option anymore. FOX News keeps saying that we have the world’s best health care system and that this plan will ruin it. False, we do not have the world’s best health care system. One of the primary indications of where a nation’s health care system ranks is infant mortality rate. Thus, we must be number one right? Nope. Top five though, for sure. Not even close. 29, we rank 29th in the world in infant mortality. In large part, this happens because many young mothers cannot afford health coverage and babies simply aren’t born healthy enough to live.

Sanctity of life, eh? Not when it hits my wallet. That’s what Jesus taught right? Whatever you do for the least of these, unless it actually costs you something. The gospel says, “Earn it, work for it, fight for what you deserve,” right?

If you want to make a political argument concerning this bill, then go ahead. You can do that. It is possible. I would disagree with you based on my understanding of the role of government, and the fact that countries all over the world have health care systems that the government runs which function better than ours. However, what I keep seeing on signs is not that bad politics are being practiced. What I keep seeing are signs talking about how harshly God will judge our country if this bill is passed. Glenn Beck, who is a Mormon mind you, keeps saying that our country should be Christian, that Jesus should be our Lord, that we should follow his way and avoid these progressive policies because Jesus would have. I challenge my conservative Christian friends who read this blog to tell me why. What would God have against this bill? Honestly, I want to know.

In the Old Testament, people were required to allot portions of their field that couldn’t be harvested so that the poor could pick off of it and eat. There was a year of Jubilee in which ALL debt was forgiven, no questions asked. In the New Testament, all shared with whoever had need. Early Christians took this practice seriously, they invented the first orphanages to save unwanted babies who were left to die of exposure, they built hospitals to care for the sick and poor. If there was a theocracy, which I am against, that is what it would look like. If Jesus ran a country, the poor would come first, the sick would be cared for, and ‘my rights’ would never be a citizen’s first priority.

Where is the vitriol and anger coming from in Evangelical circles?!? I hope someone responds to this, in email, somewhere. Show me these facts that display why God would be so angry about health care for everyone.

The GOP has co-opted so much of Christianity in America. It is time to take it back. Show me I’m wrong. I dare you.

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2 Responses to “ranting.”


  1. 1 Please don't eat my face.....
    March 29, 2010 at 9:12 am

    1. If the bill NEVER gave federal money to fund abortions, how come the anti-abortion democrats weren’t on board until the executive order banning federal funds was put into place? It simply isn’t true that the language was never in there.
    Part of article from MSNBC:
    A last-minute deal with a critical group of anti-abortion lawmakers Sunday afternoon sealed Democrats’ victory. The leader of the anti-abortion bloc, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., didn’t get to add stricter anti-abortion language to the underlying bill, but was satisfied by an executive order signed by Obama affirming current law and provisions in the legislation that ban federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or danger to the life of the mother.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35961584/ns/politics-health_care_reform/

    2. No one has done anything to address one of the “actual” problems regarding health care in America. ——–The ridiculous rising cost of medical expenses. It is out of control. In theory providing health care to 32 million Americans is a great idea, but how are we going to pay for it and how are we going to get enough doctors to provide the care. The numbers simply do not match up.
    Article from MSNBC…
    As the nation’s debate about overhauling health care heats up, one truth remains undisputed: There are not enough general care doctors to meet current needs, let alone the demands of some 46 million uninsured, who threaten to swamp the system.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31507763/ns/health-health_care/

    3. From you…”When did the conversation of debt come into play when we waged two simultaneous wars whose combined price tags will rest in the trillions when all is said and done?

    Are you kidding? The price of the wars (especially Iraq) was all that was talked about. I could post more links, but it would be silly, there are sooooooooooooooo many.
    Article from CBS, Katie Couric…
    http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-500803_162-4486228-500803.html

    With no fanfare and little notice, the national debt has grown by more than $4 trillion during George W. Bush’s presidency.

    It’s the biggest increase under any president in U.S history.

    On the day President Bush took office, the national debt stood at $5.727 trillion. The latest number from the Treasury Department shows the national debt now stands at more than $9.849 trillion. That’s a 71.9 percent increase on Mr. Bush’s watch.

    The bailout plan now pending in Congress could add hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt – though President Bush said this morning he expects that over time, “much if not all” of the bailout money “will be paid back.”

    From you…”How does a Christian of any kind argue against the poor being cared for?!? READ THE BIBLE!
    I am not arguing people should not be cared for, but it isn’t the federal government’s responsibility to do so. Why can’t each state step up??????? (love thy neighbor) Indiana has opportunity for low income families to get insurance and Indiana’s treasury is not in the red. Why can’t each state do that? And again, nothing has been done to address the rising cost (not of health care, but the cost of medical treatment) which in turn affects the cost of having health insurance. It is a vicious circle and quite honestly, I don’t know how and am not smart enough to fix it. But, I do know I do not agree with this administration’s way and how they pushed it through and did not allow transparency as promised.
    http://www.in.gov/fssa/hip/
    Indiana has additional coverage for children specifically..
    http://www.in.gov/fssa/ompp/2544.htm
    http://www.in.gov/sba/2447.htm

    • 2 gloaminganddawn
      March 29, 2010 at 2:21 pm

      1. As your own quoted article states, the Ex. Order was an affirmation that things would stay the same. It didn’t in any way reverse existing language, that is because there was no existing language. Stupak and the other pro-life democrats simply wanted assurances because they felt the language wasn’t strong enough, they wanted to go back to their constituents and say ‘Life is still important to us, and the President has promised us that the lack of language one way or the other will not be used as a loop hole to increase federal funding for abortions.’ They had probably already gotten that assurance, but the eleventh hour deal made things more dramatic. It is nauseating that politics is a game, but, nonetheless, it is treated as such.

      2. I certainly agree with you that many of the existing problems with health care remain unsolved. Where i disagree is that they are the biggest problems. This biggest problem is that Americans are dying because they can’t pay for medical treatment. This certainly isn’t the last step in fixing our health care system, it really isn’t even the first. It is an assurance that before we fix the leaky boat, we make sure everyone is inside first.

      3. You’re right, my language was unclear. What I meant was, why are all the Republicans and the Tea-Party crowd shouting about cost now, when they were utterly silent about it previously. The bill that was just passed is based on principles that would have once been considered Republican once, so much so that Republican Mitt Romney passed pretty much the same thing in Mass. So, my intent was not to imply that no one was talking about debt, my intent was to imply that the people making the most noise regarding cost now, were saying nothing about cost the previous 8 years.

      As far as the Christian comments, look closer at the context of what I was writing. I do not mean that you cannot disagree concerning the government’s role as a Christian, but do you really believe that God will judge someone more harshly because they pass legislation that cares for those who cannot care for themselves? Disagree, certainly, but do you actually believe that it makes God angry and vengeful? Those are the claims and signs I was railing against, and will continue to do so, because they are disgusting.

      Also, I am a bit fuzzy on this whole “pushed through” language concerning the administration. This has been the only thing talked about for a year, the bill is significantly different (such as a lack of a public option) than it was entering the conversation and perhaps if the main goal had not been obstruction the right might have had more say in the final bill. Instead, they thought they could get it blocked. They were wrong. Now it is law.

      Yet, it seems that people keep using language as if the American people were tricked or bamboozled somehow. President Obama made it pretty clear he intended to do this when he got into office, and then the American people elected him, and then he did this. Granted, around half the country will always have a problem with that, but that is the way our system is supposed to work, heaven forbid it actually works that way for once. True, polls indicate that about 1/5 of the country is pretty angry about this, but since when does that indicate that the will of the American people was ignored. The will of the American people was in evidence when President Obama was elected. No? Somewhere around half the country is for the bill, a bit less perhaps, and with the constant insane rhetoric of the Glenn Beck ilk, that number will go up when people see what the bill actually does and does not do.

      Thanks for responding, and I hope you continue to. I wish that reasonable people like yourself were given a louder voice during health care debate, but instead it was simply screaming lunatics like Rush and Beck who consistently made things up about dogs being covered in health care, and that social justice is a code word for Nazis and Commies. Eh, oh well.


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