One thing about my political posts you might notice is that they might seem very blunt and almost confrontational. This is not a mistake on my part. When it comes to politics, given the choice between the rapier or the sledgehammer, I reach for the blunt object.
My reasoning for this really came about during the initial healthcare debates. When I saw so many of my fellow Americans yelling, screaming, enraged and in an uproar, my first reaction was “All right! Finally some outrage at the injustice of the healthcare system.” But no, these Americans were rallying AGAINST reform. Not only that, but these same Americans were also convinced, irrevocably, that our president is the most vile Nazi, Socialist, Muslim, Communist, Black Supremacist, Baby Eater on the planet.
This is why I use the sledgehammer because, the way I see it, it’s not rapier-like. When you resort to demonization at this level as well as a complete and utter disregard for the well-being of your fellow American, I feel a witty riposte is not the way to go. Also, I feel very strongly, that there is a lack of any real fortitude when it comes to the Democratic Party. No one likes to point out that the Tea Party people who make signs comparing Obama and his policies to Hitler or Stalin are likely the same people in an uproar about Obama’s “lipstick on a pig” comment supposedly about Sarah Palin.
This astounding level of blind extremism has particularly been brought to light yet again in Ron Paul’s response at last week’s CNN Tea Party debate. Now, I’ll say this much: in this particular instance, it’s not Ron Paul himself that did or said anything directly horrible. And it’s not the leader’s response that strike me, it’s the response of the people. It is utterly devoid of empathy, humanity and anything else that resembles decency.
My perspective on this may be a bit skewed, but I sincerely doubt that most of these people have ever had to watch someone they cared for slowly waste away and writhe in agony. Forced to watch as they thrash about in a seizure that marks them as a healthcare pariah with a “preexisting condition.” Should society just let them die and suffer?
According to this group, yes. I just love Ron Paul’s laughable response on how people in the community (and church) should buddy up to help this man in need. Unifying for a common social good. Anyone else think this sounds a bit, I don’t know…socialist?