Friday, June 29, 2012

Dear all the people who hyperbolically declared America dead due to the health care decision,

I don’t get it. I really don’t get it.

Yesterday was the day the United States of America died? Because the Supreme Court upheld President Obama’s health care reform?

This is what destroyed America, something that slavery, civil war, two world wars, the Great Depression, numerous assassinations, the Cold War, 9/11 and the Patriot Act all could not do?

Yes, health care reform did that. Because it is just that sneaky.

You know, you guys used to harbor some real fears. The Communists. The Bomb. Terrorism. Sure, all were up for debate, but they appealed on a visceral level. They were outside threats, which means not only that they came from external antagonistic forces, but they could actually destroy us. You’ve really fallen since then. Now it’s welfare, taxes, Congress and Democrats. You find your villains within your own country, in your own government, within your own people by virtue of mild disagreement. To you, there’s little difference between a terrorist and a government agency you don’t like.

So it’s really no surprise that you save your most vociferous hate for programs that help downtrodden Americans. For a while there, you maintained the facade that your opposition was economic, that we couldn’t afford the programs. But now it seems to be just as much (if not more) that you just plain hate the people affected. You’ve stopped pretending it isn’t about prejudice and value judgment. I appreciate that, because that’s the only way your tangled views make sense.

You think your country is all about you, or at least what you imagine yourself to be. And of course, you’re the exemplary, hardworking, superlative American who has never once asked for or benefited from anything governmental. And those who need help are all shiftless and lazy and have no desire to improve. They don’t count. If we ignore them, they’ll make themselves better. Or they’ll vanish, apparently. Win-win.

I don’t know how else to explain why you’ve never objected to the universal health care we fund in Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and U.S. prisons. Oh, I get it: war, torture and incarceration. A few of your favorite things! Never mind.

Indeed, your hatred of President Obama has you tripping over your own beliefs all the time. Like the Fast and Furious scandal. You’re mad about the free and unfettered spread of firearms? That’s a first! Steamed over executive orders? They weren't invented in 2009.

Regardless, you think everything Obama does is The Worst Threat to America. “With the stimulus, America died today.” “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is dead, and so is America.” “With his latest liberal Supreme Court appointment, Obama has killed America. Twice.” “Socialism will murder America.” How many times has America died since he entered the Oval Office? (The country keeps popping back up like a zombie buried in the pet cemetery, apparently.)

You’ll oppose literally everything the Obama administration does, just because his name is on it. And that has never been more clear than today. So-called “Obamacare” is a political compromise based on a working model implemented in Massachusetts by, uh, Mitt Romney. You know, the guy you’re going to vote for? To be fair, he calls it the worst mistake he ever made. And I agree, in the sense that helping regular people is a severe impediment to Republican Party success.

The Supreme Court’s upholding of health care reform didn’t kill America — it killed a malignant tumor on its ailing body. The treatment is far from over, but for now it’s in remission. Our nation faces many threats, but compassion and fairness aren’t among them. Hate and spite, on the other hand, remain two of our biggest plagues.

Please see a doctor about that.

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