I certainly hope what President Obama said about the Single Payer Government Option is a misconstrual or misunderstanding of what he meant.
Because if he really does mean he is willing to abandon this in some misguided attempt to placate the bigots, I’m turning in my Obama card – because his Presidency is over.
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In the process of reading a book I did a blog on a few weeks ago, “The State of Jones“ which describes the run-up to the Southern States Secession in the first few chapters. Much of the rhetoric used to justify the secession, and the war is so similar to today’s Tea Bigot Tirades it’s almost scary. Even more similar is the fact that the people who most loudly supported secession, were wealthy slaveholders who ultimately forced the vote through, even though a majority of people in many parts of the South opposed it.
Like the Civil War, almost all of the Southern people who did the actual fighting and dying were poor yeomen or farmers who, by 1862 had to be dragged at the point of a gun and bayonet to be dragooned into service. Neo-confederates will proudly proclaim that 90% of the men who fought in the confederate army didn’t own slaves. The fact that the wealthy slveholders were quite happy to let their poor, low class, neighbors do the fighting and bleeding, totally sails over their pointy little heads, mayhaps because they have been bent over for far too long with a rod up their ass to stand up and see straight.
Rich (which mean those who owned slaves) farmers, with the most to win or lose in the war financially, eluded service by a series of exemptions, including sending their slaves in their place to serve as manual laborers and logistics workers for the confederate Army – and, the infamous 20 Negro Law, which required that one white male of military conscription age stay on the Plantation for every 20 Negro slaves.
You can bet, much like our Volunteer Army, you’ll find a heck of a lot of people from poor and middle class circumstance – but damn few from the wealthy families and Republicans who so vociferously have led us into the last 2 wars. They were (and are) far too busy staying at home managing the Plantation.
The “Plantation” in this case is the Health Care industry. A multi-billion dollar industry which consumes 1/6 of our GDP, and makes billionaires out of health executives. Joe the Plumber, just like his great greandfather Joe the confederate is getting royally screwed here – and just like the Civil War…
It’s all over Negroes.
Now, the reason Democrats have been so ineffectual the last 20 years is the simple fact that when they left their Union street fighter background to climb into limos…
They left their balls at the curb.
Street fighter 101 is – You kick ’em in the balls, then you kick ’em in the teeth.
And you repeat as necessary until the necessary level of comity is achieved…
Or they don’t get up anymore.
I surely hope our President hasn’t gone chickenshit on us.