When the House of Representatives passed healthcare reform 219-212, I was pleased . Not giddy, but not ready to commit ritual suicide like John Boehner and his fellow loser Republicans. I didn’t do any happy dances, high-five or chest bump anyone, or take a victory lap. I was at work so it wasn’t proper to do any of those things. I just said a weary little “thank you.” What a long, strange trip it’s been. What a long, strange trip lies ahead.
I’m sure President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi know exactly how I feel. The process of making this particular sausage was particularly grueling. But this fight is over and I’m glad about that because right about now I need a serious break from all the sturm und drang.
In the aftermath of healthcare reform passing into law, I’ve done something unusual for a news and politics junkie: I’ve avoided the news and politics. I haven’t read the newspaper (and since The Columbus Dispatch came out against reform that was an easy call). I haven’t watched the evening news, CNN, MSNBC or Fox–okay, I don’t watch Fox under normal circumstances, but particularly not now. I haven’t even turned on NPR and I always listen to NPR.
Which doesn’t mean I’ve completely stayed above the fray. The night it passed through the House the buzz both pro and con on Facebook was immediate and intense. Someone said they were going to have to “defriend” someone because they had posted on their page, “Kill the bill and then the Dems.” I agreed that they should get rid of that particular Facebook “friend”. There’s more than enough crazy to go around.
For instance, take the Republican Party—PLEASE.
A recent Harris Poll indicates reality and Republicans aren’t on speaking terms.
- 67 percent of Republicans (and 40 percent of Americans overall) believe that Obama is a socialist.
- 57 percent of Republicans (32 percent overall) believe that Obama is a Muslim
- 45 percent of Republicans (25 percent overall) agree with the Birthers in their belief that Obama was “not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president”
- 38 percent of Republicans (20 percent overall) say that Obama is “doing many of the things that Hitler did”
- 24 percent of Republicans (14 percent overall) say that Obama “may be the Antichrist.”
Barack Obama. Antichrist Superstar. As much as I hated Richard Nixon, I don’t think I ever juxtaposed his name and “Antichrist” in the same sentence. At first I figured this had to be a fake headline out of The Onion, but these Republicans are trying to put them out of business because they’re dead serious! Jesus Jumpin’ Christ, are these fools stuck on stupid or just out of their tiny fucking minds? And they can breed too! If that doesn’t scare the holy shit out of you what does?
I have zero-minus-zero regard for hateful people who are intellectually incapable of accepting the fact that there is a Black man in a position of leadership and fumble for rationalizations for their pernicious racism.
The Birthers, Tea Baggers, and the bulk of the Republican Party occupy a separate reality where truth, reality and common sense cannot penetrate the lies they live their lives by or their advanced cases of Obama Derangement Syndrome.
The results of the Harris poll proves the United States isn’t divided between the Red and Blue but the Crazy and the Sane.
Healthcare reform dates back to 1912 when progressive candidate Theodore Roosevelt advanced the notion. Franklin Delano Roosevelt supported a version of reform in 1944. Richard Nixon called for comprehensive health insurance in the 1974 State of the Union address.
I’m curious just how much longer the people who say the process was rushed want this process to take? My experience is sick people don’t wait all that well.
If you’re not suffering from healthcare reform fatigue by now, I congratulate you because I am exhausted. Even for a politics junkie this particular melodrama has dragged on far past it’s closing time. Thank you Mr. President and Madame Speaker, but now I don’t want to hear anything more about this subject for a good week or so. I’m focusing on my upcoming trip to New York and all the fun I plan to have there. I don’t want to focus on crybaby Republicans and whiny assholes like Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh bitching about creeping socialism and how we’re all riding a roller coaster straight to hell.
Later for that noise. I need a vacation, I deserve it and none of this goofiness in Washington is going to stop me from enjoying it. I’ve been to Washington. Once, and it sucked. There are parts of Washington that make Detroit look good and since Detroit is nearly a Third World city, that takes some doing.
Maybe you don’t need a break, but I know I’m seriously burnt-out with all this fussing and fighting. I’d rather just kick back, mix up a Jack and Diet Coke and watch the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. It’s gotta be better watching Republicans and Tea Baggers spitting, blustering and cursing over how America is then new Soviet Union.
The Republicans had their shot. They pissed it away on unnecessary wars, feeding the pigs at the trough with tax breaks they neither needed or deserved and jerking themselves off while Black folks drowned like rats in New Orleans. And I’m supposed to believe they’re right now? Isn’t it bad enough Obama had to spend so much of his time already cleaning up George Bush’s messes?
You have to have the memory of a wood tick to trust the same people who screwed up the country so royally are the ones to to fix it now. It’s one thing to be so mad at the Democrats you can’t see straight and something else entirely to just hand the keys back to the Republicans because you can’t think straight.
The Republican Party is intellectually bankrupt, stuck in a time warp waiting for a zombie Ronald Reagan to rise from the grave and firmly in the grasp of racists, xenophobes, homophobes, and corporations hellbent on recreating the country as a lily-White theocracy.
And that’s the truth, Ruth.