I know we live in a depraved country that has been nearly completely destroyed by sick-fuck right-wing “I got mine, so FUCK YOU!” conservatism. But there was a time when fairness, equity, and justice were considered intrinsically valuable.
This depravity is playing itself out in the health care “debate”. Obama and the rest of the Dems are basically arguing in favor of health care “reform” by trying to convince people who already have what they consider to be acceptable health care that the “reforms” on the table might directly help them if they lose their jobs or suffer catastrophe or whatthefuckever.
I have yet to hear anyone firmly make the argument to the mainstream that it is decent and right and just that all Americans have access to health care, and that it is despicable and wrong and unjust to allow Americans to unduly suffer and die for lack of reasonable access to health care. How pathetic is it that we have become a nation where the notion of collective decisionmaking that benefits the collective but not necessarily every single individual considered separately is considered completely out of the realm of political possibility?