How can people still believe that Barack Obama is not an American Citizen? How can it be that the percentage of Republicans that believe this is so much higher than the percentage of Democrats? How can people believe that a long-overdue attempt to reform a failing health care system—or as Andrew Weil has said, a failing disease-management system—is out to establish a policy of euthanasia for the US Government? How can so many Republican senators think that Sonya Sotomayor, a moderate female hispanic judge with excellent judicial experience, is unfit to sit on the Supreme Court because of one or two sentences in a couple of speeches she made? How could these senators subject the public to weeks of questioning one or two of her phrases, while not discussing the hundreds of cases she has written opinions on? How can conservative talk show hosts not so subtly compare Barack Obama with Hitler? These are questions that have been on my mind. In a flash this morning, the answer leapt into my mind.
What do these issues, Obama’s citizenship, health care reform, and nominating a Supreme court judge, all have in common? Simply this: these issues represent a move away from the status quo, and the status quo ain’t pretty. Until now, the USA has never had an African American president. Right now, 48 million Americans have no health insurance, even as health care and insurance executives and the pharmaceutical industry grows richer by the day. The USA has never had a female hispanic judge on its Supreme Court, and only two other females out of over 100 judges. And finally, Barack Obama is a Democrat, not a Republican. He is one of them, not one of us, that is to say not white, not (neo)conservative, not Republican, not for the health care industry making trillions of dollars while tens of millions of citizens are unprotected from financial catastrophy due to medical expenses.
Oh, you’re still confused? Perhaps you need to be reminded of this. The world is divided into two camps, good vs. evil, black vs. white, Democrat vs. Republican, legal controls on business and industry vs. free market economy, male vs. female, recently from outside the USA vs. been in the USA a long time, the good old days vs. the bad new and different future. That’s the way it is. If you ain’t for us, your agin’ us. If you’re not like the best of what we call good, then you are like the worst of what we call bad. If you don’t agree with Pat Robertson, then you must be Satan’s minion. If you take one tiny step to the left, you are doomed to Hell. If you listen to one opinion that differs from the opinions you’ve held since you were young, then God knows what horrible fate may befall you.
OH, you don’t think like that, in those black and white terms. What are you, some kind of academic pansy? Get Thee behind me Satan.
Yes, I DO finally think I understand. The ugly truth is out there for all to see.