I was originally going to pop my blogging cherry by setting forth the case for a greater interest in politics (that’s little p politics not big P), but the continuing wrangling in the States over the health care reform has pushed that to one side. Thankfully, this long and drawn out struggle will end some time today, hopefully with some binding resolution that will pave the way forward for future reformations of the system.
But the question is: do the Democrats deserve this? Not being in America means it is difficult to say what the actual press and public attitudes are like, but from what I’ve seen, the Republicans have managed to get their message across far better. Granted their message made as much sense as the average Sarah Palin non-sequitur, but that does not detract from its efficacy.
The sheer genius in managing to get those to whom the Bill would greatly benefit, to instead be in opposition is a masterstroke (I would have included the action the stereotypical chef finger kissing action but didn’t really know how to succinctly put it into words). The Republican Party has managed to bury the issue of the insurance industry behind the empty yet fervently believed rhetoric of socialism; the way the term is bandied around makes it sound like a disease, as if ‘socialism’ is the new ‘cooties’ in the playground.
Why has this not been refuted by the Democrats? It would be long, difficult and a lot like running into a brick wall made out of brick walls. The current stubborn reductiveness of the unthinking American is the culmination of years of Republican brainwashing to view the Government as a nefarious, rumbling bureaucracy whose very existence threatens the “American Way of Life”. Sadly, that seems to mean isolated self-interest. But instead of shattering this Republican created reality, the Democrats have tried to work within it.
This is symptomatic of their entire attitude. They needed to systematically, clearly and repeatedly refute the claims made by the Republicans. Not just the facts and figures but the a priori assumptions they make. For instance question why they are so keen on the insurance companies? These unelected, profit seeking, amoral organisations that literally have the lives of all Americans in their hands yet are accountable to no one. Anyone with any sense knows their reason for being is not to ensure the health of the population; it is to carry on this devils game they have started by any means possible. Have a look at the main campaign contributors for the main Congressmen opposing this bill: http://maplight.org/
In all, the lack of drive by the Democrats to fundamentally disseminate their message beyond Obama’s rhetoric, which although beautifully crafted is as useless as one of Glenn Beck’s tears (there have been reports that they can cure all illnesses but I’m holding out on that), has alienated many voters, voters which will have a startling impact in the Mid-Terms. The message needs to be clear, concise and cutting.
I hope that was OK my fellow bloggers. I’ll try to make the next one more entertaining….try being the operative word.