Glenn Beck opened his show today with a rant against health care as a right. He said that it's nowhere in the Constitution, which is why Roosevelt proposed it when he advocated for a second bill of rights.
Which begs the question: what the hell's wrong with these conservative nuts?
I hate writing about this almost as much as I hate answering the insane disconnected comments of the Snowys of the world, but I'm going to do it because I would have thought that the events of this past year had finally convinced conservatives to understand that it's the height of immorality to deny people cures simply because they cannot afford them. I mean, isn't that the opposite of what the Dems are proposing with their death panel approach?
Now I'll admit that there may be a huge unforeseen obstacle in the implementation of proper care for all, but one would expect conservatives, especially those who profess their love of God, to not just understand the moral dilemma of refusing care based on economics, they should be in the forefront in pushing for it. Isn't that what God would want? It's the Devil that's in the details.
Besides, who is Beck talking to? Are you watching him rail against universal care and agreeing that you and your family shouldn't get care if you can't afford it? Are you going to admit to your cancer-struck child that he has to die because you're a failure? I mean, you can't expect your child to earn enough for his own care, right?
Getting back to Beck's opening, he says that health care isn't in the constitution or Bill of Rights. That's a matter of -opinion-. Lot's of things have been interpreted by the Supreme Court to be "in the Constitution," no doubt a number of which would horrify the Founding Fathers. But if we believe that, then isn't it possible that some of the Court's interpretations would have also pleased the founders as they realized they'd overlooked something obvious?
If we take Beck literally, the Declaration of Independence isn't in the Constitution – the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Yet we hold them sacrosanct. Or do we?
If the right to life doesn't include the right to procedures and treatments that preserve that life, then perhaps Jefferson should have said something less definitive like "the right to live unimpeded by other entities?"
I'd say "shame on Beck," if it weren't so much bigger. Because once again, an insensitive conservative obstructionist is proposing – nothing. He'd be happy with the status quo, and why not? He can afford anything and go anywhere to get it. You can't. Fourteen years ago, I demanded that conservatives DO SOMETHING… and they did.. they called me every name in the book. You might at least propose taking everything liberals have to pay for healthcare for conservatives?
Obamacare is our ultimate ruin and we're likely to get some version of it. Then it will be the Republican rally cry to reverse it – back to the mess we have now? That's good enough for you? Where you play Russian Roulette with your life, hoping that you don't get struck by the catastrophic disease bullet where you'll either die because you can't afford treatment or you'll face economic ruin for the rest of your life?
It's too late for conservatives to propose anything now. We're at the mercy of fools and thugs, and it's all because doing nothing was perfectly OK with many of you for so many years. Now, instead of starting with a blank slate and enacting meaningful reforms, we have to reverse the damage (which may not be possible). If we succeed, then what? You'll thank your lucky stars for the opportunity to die broke?
God will be so proud.