Anyway, there are several things that enrage me about this whole healthcare debate: its unConstitutional nature, the digusting way our “representatives” have responded to the will of the people, the accounting gimmicks being used to hide the true costs of these bills, etc., etc., so on and so forth, I could go on and on.
But what really gets my goat (Where did that expression originate, anyway?? What does that even mean? I don’t know but I like it!) is the fact that this isn’t even about healthcare reform. It’s about putting one-sixth of our country’s economy in the hands of our federal government.
When this whole debate really started heating up, I actually believed it was about the healthcare system. Silly me. I won’t go so far as to say that I believed our leaders had alturistic desires to help out the minority of Americans who don’t have coverage or can’t afford coverage–I knew deep down that their motives were purely political (Re-election? Desire to be part of a historical change? Who knows.), albeit completely misled and outside of their bounds of responsibility.
Now it’s easy to see the chain of events and how they add up: these Congressmen and Senators don’t give a lick about actually providing people with coverage that’s cheaper or better or more portable or what-have-you. They see the healthcare field as a vehicle for putting more government goons in power over the economy; a way to bring the entire population (eventually) under the control of a nanny state. Why? I’m not sure. Money? Idealogy? Ignorance? Hatred of the capitalist system? I have no idea, honestly. All I know is that they truly believe that we the American people can’t think for ourselves, can’t make our own decisions; that we aren’t smart enough or capable enough of governing ourselves; that we’d all be better off with them dictating (and taxing) the terms of our existence.
How far our leadership has come from the days of the Founding Fathers. The Declaration of Independence was the result of a revolt against much less grevious injustices than we’re seeing today. But our Founding Fathers had faith in We the People; they believed we could make this country work and become greater than any other country on Earth by doing things differently. By putting the power of the government into our own hands.
Maybe this Christmas, we can find that faith in ourselves again.