Saluting with misty eyes
The difference that you either can’t see or aren’t willing to admit, Balladeer, is that the anti-Bush fringe element carried banners and signs whereas members of right-wing hate Obama fringe groups are carrying lethal weapons. Not only have they brought guns and automatic rifles near to where the President was speaking, they’ve also brought them to tea parties and local town halls. There is an undercurrent of lethal violence about to erupt that’s nearly palpable, fueled by the hate speech and rhetoric of those like the anti-Obama Fox talk show hosts.
Submitted for your perusal, so you might tell me how this man is either a racist, or a member of the "fringe right" who are carrying guns and spouting hate speech against the President. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvlmaWi9t_c&feature=related
Then, there is the true liberal press who are reporting the incident... Take the time to read the replies at the bottom... the posts about President Obama carrying are rather interesting. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/17/man-carrying-semi-automat_n_261279.html
(Of course, as a "right winger, I have not my own thoughts and opinions, so I followed Mike's lead and posted something from the Huffington Post!! lol)
And today Mike -- over 100 people died because we perpetuated, intentionally, a system that doesn't provide health coverage for its' citizens.
Tomorrow and the next day will be the same, by your intention. If you aren't for covering them -- you're for not covering them.
Then, what happened when the Billery were in power? They had a Democratic majority, and yet, nothing happened? WHat about with the former administration? There was a Democratic majority. and yet, nothing was presented in the health care arena.
It seems to only be now, when- again- there is a Democratic majority that the Republicans couldn't stop if they wanted to, that the REPUBLICANS are being accused of blocking health care reform.
One more reason that it is impossible to believe any numbers that EITHER side uses in their attempt to sway people to their way of thinking:
Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care...
We may know intellectually that 18,000 Americans die each year because they don’t have insurance...
-NY Times blogger Nicholas Kristof
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 46 million Americans, or 18 percent of the population under the age of 65, were without health insurance in 2007, their latest data available.
-National Coalition on Health Care[?QUOTE]
[QUOTE]...A closer look at that report reveals the Census data include 9.487 million people who are “not a citizen.” Subtracting the 10 million non-Americans, the number of uninsured Americans falls to roughly 37 million.
-Business and Media Institute
The Census “underreported” the number of people covered by health insurance – meaning that more people have insurance than the report suggests. The Census also underreported the number of people covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
-Cheryl Lee Hill, co-author od the census report
The number of Americans with no health insurance is continuing to grow as more and more employers say they can’t afford to offer group insurance … People who try to buy insurance on their own often find the price beyond their reach...
-Katie Couric, CBS Evening News, May 23, 2009
there are 8.3 million uninsured people who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and 8.74 million who make more than $75,000 a year[/QUOTEthere are 8.3 million uninsured people who make between $50,000 and $74,999 per year and 8.74 million who make more than $75,000 a year.
-Census Bureau report “Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States
By doing the math from all of these different sources, the percentage of Americans who do not have, and cannot afford health care coverage is between 8% and 14%. This is reported by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit that is often cited by those pursuing a liberal agenda... and that does not include people such as the Christian Scientists and others who do not believe in human medical intervention.
So, my friends, while you are on here, or with your friends, or attepmting to convince a non-caring, poor-hating, self-centered, ego-driven conservative (such as me) to see the error of his ways and to become a more compassionate person, and to have love in his heart for his fellow man, remember that the numbers you might be spouting are so wrong, and subject to debate that it almost makes the argument laughable.
Yes, I agree that even 8.2 million people is far too many to be without health care; yes, I agree that even one child who gets sick, and is not permitted to get better is a complete tragedy. I just don't feel that I need to feel sorry for as many as 30 million people who have the means to purchase insurance and choose not to, or to feel that people who are in this country by means other than registering with the US Immigration and Naturalization Service deserve so much as an aspirin tablet for their stubbed toe.
To end this rant, I ask a simple request:
When I was stationed in Memphis (going to school for the Marine Corps), I was permitted the honor of volunteering at St. Jude's a few times, and was part of a troupe of Marines who went in and acted the fool, and went all Patch Adams on the kids. I have seen the devastation that no insurance does to families, and the money that some of those families lost by packing up and moving to SW Tennessee to be near their kids, or the lost wages from not working as often as they might with healthy children. I also have a friend who- through no fault of her own- has no insurance, and takes her child to the Philadelphia Shriner's Hospital once a month for treatment, and I see the pain and anguish in her eyes every time she talks about it.
Instead of sitting on here and complaining about semantics, or yelling about the politicized numbers, or laughing about the opposition and feeling so superior about your "knowledge" of the situation and the foolish people who don't believe as you do, go over to your check book, grab one of the pages out of it, and write a number that is going to make a significant change in your life, yet is not going to adversely affect your finances, and then make it to the order of one of the following organizations:
St. Jude's CHildren's Research Hospital
The Ronald McDonald House
These and many others are ignoring the politics and helping the families of sick children in whatever way they can. Make their job a little easier by helping them.
Oh, yeah, one last thing...
My friend is doing a series of local concerts to raise money for the SHriners Hospital. IF you would like to help, get ahold of me, and I will give you the address to send your check.
Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, "WHAT A RIDE