Excerpted from The Rude Pundit, who wants us to fight bullshit with bullshit. And heís right.
The push for health care reform needs to be presented as a civil rights movement.
Thatís the bottom line, but letís put it at the top here: in the arguments about public options and co-ops and whatever, the left, in Congress and elsewhere, has allowed the right to control the language of the debate. And instead of arguing morality and greater good, this has all been about economics.
People donít understand economics. They donít get the idea of exchanges. Itís complicated shit written by and for the people who do get it. The people in this country only think that some money they thought they had is being given to people who donít have it. So it had better be fuckiní worthwhile. Make it into the difference between being for a right and against a right. And that means taking all the risks that accompany the granting of a civil rightÖ
God, the lies conservatives spout when it comes to the perceived evils of giving people rights. During a good chunk of the 20th century, we were told such convenient myths about desegregation like property values would decline if black people moved into a neighborhood (a lie created by real estate agents looking to artificially deflate and then re-inflate the worth of homes), not to mention the horrors of interracial sex (which one supposes came true for racists with the rise of Barack Obama), rampant black crime in whitesí nice suburbs, and so very much more.
Thereís not a nickelís worth of difference between the mobs of white people shouting at black children walking into a newly-integrated school and the people standing up and shouting at members of Congress at town halls. And they have to be fought in much the same way, which means the government needs to ignore them.
What happens when it leaves the realm of economics is you can start throwing bullshit, emotional rhetorical devices around. Forty-seven million? Thatís more than the number of African Americans. Itís over ten times as many Native Americans, like five times the number of Asians. Would you want to deny health care to your IT guys? See, thatís a bullshit argument but it offers perspective. Perfect for this atmosphere.