Monday, February 02, 2009

Promises to Keep

It seems to me that universal health care ought to be a basic right not a perk or welfare or a handout. I’m not going to go into the horrors of our system of health care, it has already been done by many. As almost everyone knows we are the only industrialized nation who doesn’t have universal health care. I don’t particularly care for government in any form and assuredly don’t care for our own government but if we have to have a government (which is something I’m not convinced of) then if it does nothing else it should provide health care for everyone. Right now all it does is wage endless pointless wars against nations that are militarily weaker than the United States. In fact, our government’s greatest talent seems to be a knack for murdering children of people who live in poverty. Actually it murders men women and children and the government is very democratic about it because it doesn’t really care who it kills, think of it as an equal opportunity murder machine. Indeed…

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
So that I can blow them to smithereens, then they’ll be free.

Not only are there profound moral issues regarding our murdering warmongering leaders who proliferate throughout both of our major political parties but it is also helping to destroy an already severely damaged economy. The whole purpose of these eternal wars is to not only to maintain a world hegemony but to preserve the military-industrial-scientific-complex which is to say that our economy is militarized and our government wishes to keep it that way and will do everything in its power to prevent a civilian economy from existing. Thus we have the Global War on Terror where the threat of terrorists is so exaggerated that it is the equivalent of the boogie man of childhood. To be sure terrorists could inflict damage but it cannot topple a nation militarily. After all, people resort to terrorism only because they cannot fight on an equal playing field. The war on terror is a farce played out in order to keep our economy militarized among other things. This creates the situation where we have no money for anything else. It is in fact detrimental to our well being far more than any terrorist group. The simple reality is that if you spend all your money on wars then there is little if anything left for things like universal health care. And of course there are the insurance lobbies that spend huge amounts of money to insure (no pun intended) that universal health care is never realized.

This brings us to Obama and his campaign promise for health care reform.

Via Black Agenda Report

Bruce Dixon writes the following concerning House Democratic Whip, Clyburn and his statement regarding how he doesn't anticipate that comprehensive healthcare legislation will be approved in 2009.


This troubling statement by the number three Democrat in the House of Representatives is unquestionably more consequential than the clownish Illinois governor and his traveling circus, and profoundly troubling on multiple levels.

To begin with, Democrats in Congress, and the Democrat in the White House clearly ran promising the American people a national health care plan. A public repudiation of that promise by a key member of the president's team in the House less than three weeks into the new Congress and two weeks into t he new administration should be big news. But for some reason it's not.

Secondarily, in the powerful position of House Democratic Whip, Clyburn is a key member of President Obama's team, and consults with the White House on legislation and legislative priorities multiple times a day. Clyburn undoubtedly has the cell numbers of Rahm Emanuel and other White House officials on his speed dial. The notion that Clyburn is not privy to the Obama administration's decision of whether or not to push a universal health care plan this year is something you have to be dumber than a fifth grader to believe. There's only one president at a time, and one leader of the Democratic party at a time. When Clyburn's lips move, the Obama administration is talking.

It took Obama a mere three or four days into his presidency before he gave orders that led to the death of innocent children in Pakistan but how long will it take him to create universal health care? I won’t be holding my breath. Unless you have health insurance perhaps you shouldn’t drink the Obama kool-aid.

Via Justin Raimondo


At February 02, 2009 6:44 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

hey Rob,

Inevitably I'm reminded of Lou Reed's "Dirty Boulevard", circa 1990:

Give me your hungry, your tired your poor Ill piss on em

Thats what the statue of bigotry says

Your poor huddled masses, lets club em to death

And get it over with and just dump em on the boulevard

Out of context I suppose it sounds unremittingly harsh. Don't know what you'd think of the song overall. I think it's from New York, one of his best solo albums.

At February 02, 2009 9:10 PM, Blogger rob payne said...

Thanks for the link and I see what you mean. I found this video of Lou Reed performing Dirty Blvd.

Good group, I had not heard of them before but I would say that is good rock.


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