Comic 32 - Fool on the bill

31st Mar 2010, 5:00 PM
Fool on the bill
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BlackMageBrad 31st Mar 2010, 6:48 PM edit delete reply
Quite frankly, we've got to get the public-option in. Hell, we should get rid of all healthcare industries. But it's NOT. GOING. TO HAPPEN. Be happy with what you've got; at least it makes certain that some more Americans get healthcare, not to mention they can't drop you for pre-existing conditions.
vastleft 1st Apr 2010, 8:11 AM edit delete reply
1. "Public option" defined as what? We need to end for-profit basic health insurance... like every other modern country has. "Public option" was just a distraction to keep progressives from focusing on -- and demanding -- real solutions, like single-payer or socialized medicine.

2. Why should I be happy with a plan that exacerbates the problem, that pushes more people into the clutches of Big Insurance, the precise cause of our "uniquely American" healthcare problems?
vastleft 1st Apr 2010, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
There are loopholes up the wazoo on the "pre-existing conditions" "ban," starting with it taking four years before it kicks in, and continuing with no requirement that insurers ever sell you insurance, let alone any cost controls... and they can claim "fraud" to kick out people with pre-existing conditions. This was a bill written by insurers for insurers. Its main author quit her VP job at Wellpoint to do it. Awfully generous of her!
BlackMageBrad 3rd Apr 2010, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
Well, to be idealistic is to be unopen to changes in what you believe is right. I may be openly Marxist, but I still think we need pragmatism. You've got to realize that if you are so idealistic that you don't go to the voting booth to vote for the candidate who won't bring the United States in to total "Faggot Jihad" then we'll vote in one who will (I'm not quoting any specific politician, I'm just giving an equivalent).

Drill off the coast? Fine, I don't like it, but whatever. At least we haven't decided to go with Blackwater and try to destroy Islam. More people may be under the boot of healthcare, but at least they've been "accepted" for the most part.

There is a reason it is said that if there is ever a revolution, conservatives will wage it and win; they are the ones with the guns who take action. So, let me ask you, if you are aware of all the loopholes in the federal government and the fact that we basically elected a centrist who leans a little bit to the left, then why don't you give us a solution? A practical solution as to how we are to solve the current issues with our nation, such as monopolies and the defense of all corporate interests. A Manifesto, if you will, as to how this would work. So far, the only person you could elect is Dennis Kusinich, as he's the only person who I know of who is closest to your ideology. Beyond that, he'd have to get past a corporate run and sponsored congress as well as an overly right wing Supreme Court. Let's face it, we can't win, but we can be happy about the little, baby steps we've taken.
vastleft 4th Apr 2010, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
In our precarious times, to accept and even celebrate paltry and retrograde changes and a miserable status quo is dangerously cynical -- popular and unchallenging though it may be.

The two legacy parties are failing America. Both are in the thrall of a failed and exploitative brand of "conservatism." Reflexively calling one of these twins "centrist" (or "liberal," or "socialist") doesn't change that.

Unfortunately, not enough people are clear-eyed about this for me to be optimistic that there is a solution. America may be facing inevitable decline and fall.

For citizens to praise Nero for fiddling a putatively better tune than his predecessor isn't going to help.

See this, on idealism:

Martin Luther King, who was killed 42 years ago today, explained such things to us, from behind the bars of a Birmingham jail:

"I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen's Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: 'I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action'; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man's freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a 'more convenient season.' Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will."

King succeeded in fostering the wane of overt racism in America. But his missions for economic justice and an end to American imperialism have been completely abandoned by our "centrist" Democrats. In fact, with their embrace of Reaganomics and an expanded military, they are directly fighting against those who stood with Dr. King. Slapping the barely earned "lesser of two evils" branding onto them doesn't change that, nor does the hopelessly large size of the task of getting out from under this matched set of parties of the rich and powerful and for the rich and powerful.
BlackMageBrad 4th Apr 2010, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
If it's a hopeless case, then why make comics about it? If you really want to, then just stop thinking about it. I suppose it's the argument of whether you want to know that tomorrow a bomb will blow up the Earth. Sadly, you are entirely unable to get off of the planet, so you are one of the few who know of it's inevitable doom. If that is the case, do you stand there and shout at people that it is going to happen? Why not just sit back and watch? There's nothing any of us can do. It's the nature of the human condition; overall, Darwin wins. We have become at a loss of evolution because now we fail to progress and change. It is for this lack of adaptation that we will fail, and inevitably, fall.

As morbid as it sounds, I think we should just look on the bright side, not panic, and quietly try to explain to people that there are many people in Washington, and they fall under two camps; The Democrats, who are now centrist and many are "Blue Dogs" who converted when the Republicans looked bad after Bush. They decided that America was too fragile for any real change, and therefore either adopt Republican notions or try to come up with their own misguided legislature. Then there are the Republicans, who gave up on unity long ago and now live for virtual money baths of wealth and prosperity for themselves, as well as total hypocrisy. You punch one in the face and quietly try to lead the other in the right direction as you would to a little brother who has it in his head that it would be a good idea to set Daddy's car on fire. Empty criticism gets us nowhere, and while it has some humorous content, it serves no purpose. So turn up the humor and start acting like this is what it really is, a privately thought out opinion of a very liberal person (somewhat like Bill Maher), or you can start getting into groups with like-minded people and found a political party where you will carry out your goals. Otherwise, it's just going to be the guy that stands there and shouts at the car salesman saying "I don't like this!" to any and every car in the lot.

The car you want is idealistic, so you have to understand that you may as well pick the best one available. Yes, they have that model in other nations, but they don't carry it here, and its against policy to fly one in.

As for Dr. King, while I understand that he was a smart man, he had his biases and ideas. Chances are good he would have voted for Barack Obama based on Obama being black, because the furthering of his cause for equality in addition to his faith would couple together to elect the candidate, regardless of some of his minor policies that affect us in a large manor. People are imperfect. Some are just a whole lot more imperfect than others.
vastleft 5th Apr 2010, 3:54 AM edit delete reply
I'll take a pass on being comfortably numb. If that's your preference, knock yourself out, as it were.

It's pretty sad when truth and honesty are held as "empty criticism," and idealism is so reviled. So rich with STFU is our culture!

I voted for Obama because he's (half-) black, myself. I had few illusions about him being even remotely liberal, though he has turned out to be even more of a Reaganite than I'd suspected. If King had voted for him, I'd have a hard time believing he'd be anything but thoroughly disappointed.
BlackMageBrad 8th Apr 2010, 6:41 PM edit delete reply
Well again, truth from one's perspective. One side of the truth in addition to that, as well.

I suppose the main reason I protest this is because there is one unavoidable fact I've been noticing; Conservatives ALWAYS vote, and if Liberals don't like their candidate enough, they simply won't vote. Then the Republicans win and it all breaks down.

Kicking them when they're down never helps.

Comfortably numb? I just took a page from Bill Maher's book and decided "I may have issues with this guy, but he is the best choice out of a quintessential menagerie of crap. Drill baby drill? Better than war on Islam, I say.

We critique him AFTER he's done some of the things we want him to and have another, hopefully more liberal, Democrat in the White House.
vastleft 9th Apr 2010, 6:14 AM edit delete reply
In other words, keep writing the Dems a blank check to be as rightwing as they want to be, because they're the Official Lesser of Two Evils Party.

Perfectly illustrated in Warren Beatty's Bullworth:

Angry black woman: Are you sayin' the Democratic Party don't care about the African-American community?

Bullworth: Isn't that OBVIOUS? You got half your kids are out of work and the other half are in jail. Do you see ANY Democrat doing anything about it? Certainly not me! So what're you gonna do, vote Republican? Come on! Come on, you're not gonna vote Republican!