On Trumpcare and naming the thing
Here we are again. Zombie Trumpcare is shuffling along once more, threatening to take healthcare away from millions of people. And to what purpose?
Well, the pecuniary purpose is clear. The Koch Brothers, the real-life Montgomery Burns of our fallen age, have pledged to spend $400 billion on the 2018 midterms—but only if the GOP can repeal Obamacare and enact tax "reform". That's a lot of cash to splash, and does concentrate the mind quite effectively.
But, at some point, we have to name the elephant in the room. (Pun intended.)
In a democracy, we try not to ascribe base motives to opponents. "While I disagree with my good friend, I know he has good intentions." It was the fiction which allowed things like elections and the peaceful transfer of power.
However, let's be frank. We're past that.
Our opponents really don't believe in democracy. They don't believe in compromise. For them, politics are a zero-sum game. And what they're playing for is to eviscerate the common good. For them there is no common good, but merely self-interest. We owe nothing to each other. Born with a birth defect? Well too bad; society doesn't owe you anything, not even health insurance which won't run out before you leave the hospital. A veteran whose mind has been shattered by the horrors he's seen? Well, we prefer vets whose minds haven't been shattered.
I was raised in the Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I was educated by priests, nuns, and lay teachers. Religion and theology were subjects of study through 12th grade. However, I don't need to draw upon my extensive theological training to name the thing. What modern-day "mainstream" Republicanism offers is nothing but a diet of evil.
It delights in hurting the most vulnerable. It delights in causing pain for pain's sake. Trump isn't the disease, but its most obvious symptom. Modern movement conservatism is the pathology, and we're seeing it in the health care "debate". Not a single one of those senators who are on board with Lindsey Graham's repeal bill actually know what's in it. They don't know what disastrous effects it will have. And they don't care. Their only goals are to vitiate anything which has the taint of Barack Obama, and to hurt those people who vote against them. You don't need to be a Catholic theologian to recognize the stench of evil which fills the nostrils.
Will we get out of this? I hope so. (I've learned to not be 100% positive about anything. I remember 2016.) And if we do, we need to have a serious conversation. We need to find out why so many people are motivated by sheer animus. We need to address all the illnesses which afflict this Republic, and find some cure, or they will surely, eventually, kill the patient.
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