minor rant follows:
There’s been much public hysteria and hand-wringing these past weeks as, if you believe what you hear, the country creeps ever closer, and perhaps has fallen into, the precipice separating a democratic and a socialist country. To the naysayers, our government forced its will upon us and stripped us of our moral rights and freedoms to choose as we wish. We are creeping towards the hobnobbed boot-heel of dictatorial oppression, and it’s only a matter of time before our children will learn to obey the Fatherland with open palm salutes.
Give me a break.
I’ve been fortunate to be professionally associated with prisons, child protective services, K-12 and higher education, and government-based medical services. Here’s a newsflash, kids: the federal government is deeply involved in those institutions with regulations and massive funding, and it happens for a very good reason:
State and local governments do a piss-poor job of taking care of the people trapped in their communities’ lowest economic strata. Even if they have the inclination, they don’t have the money. And local government is all about the money.
The result is a measurable portion of our neighbors, who we barely acknowledge exist, are surviving day-to-day by making tough decisions on when to eat and where to sleep, and God forbid if any of them get sick.
It amazes me that everyone in this country, the greatest in the history of history, does not feel a moral imperative to reach out and pull these folks up out of the mud. Many people do help but others who claim to hold the high religious and/or political ground are the same people who intellectually and inexcusably choose to be blind and deaf to the suffering of their flocks around them.
Is Health Care Reform a perfect law? No such thing exists.
Is it better than what we had? Yes.
After all, if taking care our neighbors is not a “higher good”, then what is?
Let’s move onto some unresolved problems now: ending two foreign wars and bringing our kids home.
end minor rant