The Mind Boggles

Posted: September 15, 2009 in Uncategorized

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Damn I’m glad I’m Canadian…

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I thought I’d add this one Rice posted yesterday as a look at the other side. ‘Cause all these people who are all rightous and don’t give a damn about those who don’t, they really should see what can (and does) happen with the insurance companies.

And as Rachel states in her blog post here, people brandish the specter of evil socialism and communism without knowing what socialism actually is:

“I’m really sick of health care opponents throwing the word “socialism!” around like it’s a bad thing. I’m also really sick of people cringing from that word in blind fear without at least understanding what that word really means. To put it in simplistic terms, socialism is public property or services paid for by taxes. The post office is socialist. The library is socialist. The police and fire departments are socialist, as are the water and sewage treatment plants. Social security, medicare, highways, prisons and the military, all are socialist. The public schools are socialist. The very foundations of our society, upon which we live and breathe and depend on every day, are socialist!

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Comments
  1. Jazz: Isn't this scary and pitiful? The rage that a black man could be their president cannot be expressed openly, so their rage gets focused on his health care plan. Not-so-veiled racism, pure and simple.Such ignorance!!!

  2. XUP says:

    I agree with Bonnie. But also I think that Americans, since the halcyon days of Joe McCarthy, have been conditioned to equate socialism with communism and communism with dictatorships and Nazis and the Taliban and maybe Satan, too. So, of course they're freaked out when someone is trying to push something that some loud-mouthed people keep calling socialist (in very horrified tones of voices)

  3. Rachek says:

    This whole issue, especially with all the ZOMG SOCIALISM fearmongering obfuscation, has driven me to the point of banging my head against the wall!

  4. Mr. Jazz says:

    Scary shit I tell ya… Beware of the evil Czars….

  5. Gaelyn says:

    These greedy baastards hide behind the corporation that has no morals. Yes, wer are socailist and what's wrong with that. I have no health insurance as it is cost prohibitive. I try to take care of myself and typically only visit a doctor at an emergency room when absolutely needed. It sucks not to get preventitive visits. Then I have to pay way more in payments for it seems like forever. There is absolutely no compassion in any insurance system. We pay because we fear, then get screwed anyway. You're better off being dirt poor so you qualify for public health insurance.Thanks for this great post and the link to Rachel's post.

  6. geewits says:

    No way I'm going to click on that video. That stuff makes me ill. They give the local ones here lots of coverage and I have to change the channel. I LOVE what Rachel says. I have been telling dumbasses the same thing here, but I don't think they get it. Stupid Texans.

  7. Those frigging goombahs inthe first video make me so angry I cant bear to watch it.

  8. mrwriteon says:

    People naively assumed that once Obama was elected it was the end of racism in the US. But, such shit doesn't die easily. I agree with Bonnie, that's really what it's all about.

  9. Big Brother says:

    If ignorance is bliss, there must be a whole lot of happy dumb rednecks out there among our neighbours to the south. Thank god I'm Canadian

  10. choochoo says:

    yeah, I'm glad I'm canadi….wait, I'm not canadian… I'm glad you're canadian. How's that?

  11. Jazz says:

    @ ALL – Well, I'm obviously preaching to the choir here, so I think the only thing to say is WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! (not to you guys obviously).. *sigh*

  12. Suldog says:

    Not everyone who decries socialism is ignorant of its meaning. Some of us are just damn sick and tired of the level of government intrusion into our private lives.And not everybody who dislikes having Obama as President has the reason of his being black as the main cause for their dislike. Some folks just want a different tack taken, whatever color our current president may happen to be.Having said that, I will admit to having a great fondness for you Canadians. You seem to be able to work out your problems with much less rancor and divisiveness than we do. God bless you all.

  13. Jazz says:

    Suldog – a lone dissenting voice! Yay! Putting aside racism and all that, this health care debate is what gets me. How can anyone not be for universal health care? Do those who cannot afford good private insurance not also deserve good health care? I could understand such a polarization over other issues, but health care! It seems like a basic right. Oh, and this Canadian loves you too. 🙂

  14. Jeaux says:

    "I can see the Czars from my house.""Aren't those moose?""OK, so that's a 'gotcha' question isn't it…"

  15. Jocelyn says:

    Terrific, terrific, terrific points. Hell, yea.

  16. deb says:

    Scary, the level of ignorance is shocking.

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