March 17, 2010
My Fellow Citizens:
Once again, you have been duped by those you elected into office to represent your best interests and the mainstream media. For nearly a year, we have all read the headline or watched various TV network news anchors tell us how the debate about health care reform is raging in this country. However, they omitted one VERY important fact: The average citizen had absolutely NO input into this now 2,700-page ransom payment to the health care insurance industry. What the public is currently discussing is nothing more than the paltry offerings that were left after Congress took their legalized bribes (lobbying/campaign contributions) and let the very industry that needs to be reformed, due to their deliberate abuses, write the legislation meant to keep them in check. Unfortunately, that is the order of business in the governance of this country — let the foxes guard the hen house.
I find it very disturbing the average citizen in this country is either unaware or is in favor of one of the provisions of the current health care “reform” bill mandating that Americans purchase PRIVATE health care insurance or be fined. How is it that President Obama went from being a champion of universal health care to providing the health care insurance industry with captive customers? News flash: We don’t need health care insurance, we need HEALTH CARE!
Politicians, health insurance and pharmaceutical corporations will drag us all into the grave fighting against providing EVERY person in this country with medical care. It’s a pretty stupid position for them to take considering that they ALL rely on us as consumers and they are more interested in money than in wellness. And that’s where I feel this debate needs to start. We are now in the 21st century at the pinnacle of scientific/technological progress and yet we have bought into the notion that our health/illnesses are something from which to gain profit for others. There is no disputing that EVERYONE needs medical care, both preventive and intervening. Yet, the average person cannot afford to pay for a routine medical examination because the cost is astronomical. Why is that? There are more than enough people, knowledge, equipment and facilities to make medical care accessible to all but there is always the excuse that there is not enough money to pay for universal health care. This is another lie that can easily be exposed. Our government spends over $663 billion in defense (war), $19 billion in politician pork projects, and over $6 TRILLION in government-sponsored (taxpayer) corporate bailouts (2008-2010).
If you don’t believe your government is playing us for fools, let me ask you these important questions:
This health care “reform” bill affects citizens the most. Why don’t we have input into its contents and put it up for a ballot vote ?
Why are we letting politicians tell us we can’t afford universal health care when we are the ones paying for their “Cadillac” health insurance plans?
What is the purpose of a health insurance company other than to make profits off your premium payments while they deny life-saving medical procedures and treatments to ensure that those profits are not decreased by your medical condition?
The U.S. government spends our hard-earned money on everything else except us. Now, they want us to increase our contribution to perpetuating an utterly broken and amoral health insurance industry that has proven it is not concerned with health and wellness at all.
Debate that, America!
October 4, 2009
My fellow Americans, our democracy is broken and we must be the ones to fix it. For far too long, we have allowed ourselves to be excluded from making the most important decisions about laws and policies that affect our lives. Never has this been more obvious and dangerous than in the past 10 years.
I thought we might come together as citizens to demand that the electoral college be abolished after the 2000 Presidential election proved to us that “every vote does NOT count.” We did nothing.
I thought when it was revealed that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq nor did that country have ANYTHING to do with the 9/11 attacks, we would demand that our government and military withdraw. We protested in the streets but we did nothing to save the lives of our servicemen and women or the lives of the Iraqi people.
I thought when hurricanes Katrina and Rita decimated the Gulf Coast in 2005 and our government not only did a pitiful job of responding but ordered a National Guard unit to keep evacuees from crossing the Crescent City Connection bridge into another town for safety and shelter at gunpoint like they were illegal aliens, we would demand FEMA personnel be fired and the residents receive all the assistance required. Again, we did nothing save our own individual efforts.
I thought when we learned the passing of the Patriot Act made us subject to warrantless wiretaps, being detained and tortured at black ops sites in other countries indefinitely without formal charges being filed just on the SUSPICION of terrorist activity, we would demand that the law be repealed. Still, we did nothing.
I thought when former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke ran to President Bush and Congress with the ridiculous story that if our government did not hand over nearly $1 trillion to the thieves on Wall Street and in the banking industry, the U.S. economy would collapse, we would demand that our government tell them “tough luck.” Actually, this is EXACTLY what we did and Congress blatantly disregarded millions of our phone calls anyway.
Last week, the Senate Finance Committee rejected the public option for health care even though a CLEAR majority of people in this country are in favor of it. These are the same people who have their health care insurance, salaries, and retirement funds paid for with OUR money!!! These are the same people that get to vote on their own raises when their approval rating is in the toilet! America, do you believe change will come simply because we voted someone in office? Don’t you see that both the Democratic and Republican parties have abandoned their constitutional duties to the citizens for legalized bribes that we call lobbying?
Think about it. When it comes to drafting legislation to regulate the abuses of a certain industry, it is ALWAYS those who are guilty of said abuses that are writing the laws and paying our government to pass them. It happened with legislation that was supposed to regulate the mortgage, banking/credit card, oil, and now health insurance industries. Corporate and special interest money has corrupted EVERY branch of government until check and balances and conflicts of interests no longer exist. You see, it is not just about crooked politicians. It is about whole societal systems that are broken and unjust. Our current systems will NEVER come close to providing equality and prosperity for the masses.
Until we can somehow put aside our petty and superficial differences such as right wing/left wing, liberal/conservative, black/white, straight/gay, and Christian/Non-believer, our power will remain diluted and our efforts will be nothing but a fragmented, ineffective mess. Traditional protests don’t work because marching in D.C. nowhere near Congress or the President isn’t going to get their attention. Instead, we must be bold in our actions and march straight into the chambers of Congress. Despite how they have sold us out to corporatism, they still work for us and we have a constitutional right not only to have our grievances addressed but to call a constitutional convention so we can take away the privileges Congress most assuredly does not deserve.
What will it take for us to REALLY do something, America? A stolen election? The illegal occupation of another country? Our fellow countrymen left to drown? Denial of medical care? Loss of privacy? Catastrophic unemployment? Theft of our children’s and grandchildren’s future earnings? Being owned by China? Torture? All of these things and more have already happened and continue to happen with little to no sustained resistance from us. How much further are we willing to be oppressed by the very people who we elected to represent us?
Defend your freedom and democracy by demanding that lobbying be banned from politics permanently. Do not cease in your efforts until this is achieved no matter how many obstacles or setbacks you encounter. Otherwise, your voice will never be heard and we might as well rename this country “The Corporate States of America.”