August 18, 2009
Give Illogic a Try

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.



Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 18, 2009 12:17 PM
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I live outside town in Georgia, went into town the other day and health care came up at the local hangout. It was explained in great and explicit detail all the reasons against universal health care and all of them were RACIST. They didn't want the N-word getting something for free. This anti-health care reform is rooted in racism and bigotry and it is time to take a stand and deal with it head on. It is after all where the repugnutins have hitched their wagon. They have become and are ARE the party of hate and intimidation and they are determined to get their way in truly fascist fashion no matter what it takes. I hate it, but that is where we are, we either stand up to them and fight back are we let the spiral downward continue to grow speed and craziness.

Posted by: knowdoubt on August 18, 2009 12:47 PM

47 millions with no health care. We're worse than some third world countries. I'm about to stop reading, watching about health care. It's very painful, aggravating, frustrate,... Obama only needs to draw the line and give the Blue Dogs ultimatum (e.g. not supporting them comes election time). I've read somewhere that a lot of these "dogs" will be facing tough races.

Posted by: myth on August 19, 2009 12:36 AM

47 million uninsured isn't the worst of it, which is that most of the supposedly insured find out that their coverage is pretty sorry when they have to actually use it for more than discounts on x-rays. Lots of bankruptcies result, as well as lots of those "Help Joey get cancer treatment" fund-raiser cans sitting next to cash registers all over the country.

A sad state of affairs. I look forward to Medicare so I can afford some health care, if not, under Medicare Part D, any prescriptions.

Posted by: Joyful Alternative on August 21, 2009 10:46 PM
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