Love of country. Well, I love my country but I love my wife and my children more. I love my patients more. I love my friends and family more. If my country were to come knocking on my door and irresponsibly threaten my wife, or my children, or my friends, as they have my patients, I'd spit my country in the eye.
And I think I'd rather respect my country than love it. How might a person feel if they felt their country didn't respect them? That would be a hard country to love, yes? Or if my country segregated me, or ostracized me, or passed laws suggesting that one religion (not mine) was somehow "better" than my religion, how does one expect me to love that country?
Not that this is an easy thing to do: to practice the Golden Rule. But, at least, let's hear that that is the law of the land and something we should all strive for. At least that. To endeavor for that is worthy of respect.
Joe Biden summed up Mr. Giuliani's capacities very well. Really.
Listening to people who spout the most generic broad brushed comments on "America" like Rudy and the woman from Alaska who asks us all if we just don't want everything to be good and really fine and really what we all want and really based on all those important things, ya know, well that's what we "Americans" want. So, you have to back us up because, ya know, we're the "Real Americans". And good is good and, ya know, we're good ...And so on into more oblivious pablum.
How does someone who hasn't got the intellect to make any valid determination at all about any issue that needs actual resolution, actual decision making after careful due diligence hold such sway over a good percentage of the "American" electorate?
"Real Americans" who suggest that other "people who were also:
raised their families here,
looked for work here and found it or looked for work here but failed to find it,
looked for love here and found it or looked for love here but failed to find it,
tried and succeeded at being an "American" or tried and for some reason has failed at being an "American" (in the eyes of Real "Americans")
helped another "American" out at some point in their lives,
had more good luck than bad,
had more bad luck than good....
....People who live in this country who suggest that some number of those listed above are not Real "Americans" are making what point? Where do we real "Americans" place the knife to divide out all the ones listed above who really aren't Real "Americans". ...you know Real "Americans" just like us.
Rudy. Please. Sarah and Glen. Please.
Demagogues are so hard to take.
well. rant, indeed. picking apart the shameless. have you no shame? of course, everything you say is almost always true. impossible not to admit that. would be wrongheaded. who wants to be wrongheaded? certainly not me. please take good care of yourself. you're a true classic. this is a good thing. lost my camera in Florence in 1968. water marks on the buildings up to about 2 feet if my memory serves. only love.
What no one seems to mention when asking "why in God's name didn't you do something about the economy, Mr. President?"....is that when you are placed on a long train full of lead that has just crested a large hill and is plummeting down the other side with increasing acceleration it is hard to stop on a dime. Is it not appropriate to ask Mitt Romney how he would have done any better for the country's economic woes, in the face of a world recession that is reeking havoc in the EU and with China's quarterly increases in GNP falling precipitously? The fact that the US is having any positive growth at all and has increased employment for over 2 1/2 years should be a testimonial when considering that we were losing 800,000 a month when the man came into office.
And the loopholes that Romney/Ryan will be finding in their tax plan to pay for the tax cuts that they want to apply will only hurt the middle class who need them.
And is there any reason for "class war fare"? Well, what is someone to do when the people with the most money are accumulating it more quickly and the people with the least are becoming more desperate? When does desperation develop a voice? And why shouldn't it? Should people with no health insurance just keep quiet while they or their families slowly rot? The Student Loan debacle is illustrative.....Here the banks were taking a free ride for 60B dollars/yr. Obama rightly decided that they brought no additional service to the table to deserve this money and now the unnecessary middle man is gone. What, tell me, does the medical insurance industry provide to the delivery of health care? Do they provide care? No. They are billing companies who take a large administrative fee and then a nice profit. Medicare is also a medical billing company. It takes about 15% of the administrative cost to run itself relative to the for profit insurance companies and Medicare takes no profit. Is there any legitimate question devoid of political horse crap that can support the money wasting cost of the medical insurance companies. Shouldn't the hundreds of billions of dollars that would be saved go to support the caring of the sick as the 60B is going to support the provision of education?
I have patients making 50k/y with a wife and 3 kids. They have no insurance and won't. Fourteen thousand dollars in cash a year to cover them is a bit high for this family. They make too much money for State insurance. Let em rot! And tell them to keep their mouths shut. We don't want to hear any of this class warfare business. It's not fair to say that...we're in an election year, for God's sakes!
Would Thomas Jefferson, or James Madison, or Ben Franklin chip in a bit of their own money to support the country they were trying to form, Mr. Romney? Or would they say that they'd only do so if all the farmers and trappers and tailors and liverymen did the same. A touch too stingy for Jefferson, Madison, and Frankin, I'd bet. I believe they would be more than saddened by the stridency of the rich against the poor.
And what would our Founding Fathers say if they knew that 250 years later there were people on the Supreme Court who were taking their words written in a different age with different prerequisite structures as static statements of everlasting truth. Would they laugh with tears in their eyes about Citizens United? What would Jefferson say about Scalia? The "red letter" Constitution. There were some early errors. People of African descent were about 60% people. The other 40% was......not sure. Men dictated the delivery of the social compact. Woman made bread and spread their legs. Things have changed, Mr. Scalia.
This attack on the far right Republican party (and there is only a far right Republican party here in 2012) is brought with a whole heart. "The Greatest Country on Earth" does not take the care of my patients with the same desire and integrity as many of the other "Not the Greatest Countries on Earth". So, should we just march to the maddening drummer who is now very much a liar. Or should we continue to push to even out all the overflowing cash that is around and spend it more wisely on ourselves. We are the owners of this country. I'll be chipping in more as will my children.
Nice to start my day with some fine 21st century journalistic literature from a brilliant purveyor of same, RJH. Believe I'll "get on with it", my day, now.
By Jackson Baker
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