Nowhere is the reality of our dispossession and decline more stark than in America’s hospitals. As I walked toward the ER tonight, a numerous and boisterous Mexican family spilled out of the main entrance. Hidden in the middle, nearly invisible behind a wall of jovial family members, was a young woman with a serene look on her face, swaddling her newborn baby. As I walked into the ER, I walked past several rooms, virtually every one featuring an elderly man or woman silently breathing. When I saw their eyes, they were vacant and tired. Their bodies were shriveled and weak. Few of them were accompanied by family.
They were all elderly, diseased, and White.
I’ve kept silent about the health care issue because I didn’t care what the outcome was, hoped to influence the Tea Party movement in a more fruitful direction, and felt that it wouldn’t be strategically advisable to take such a public stand against a crowd I was hoping to influence. But all these nasty little responses keep trickling into my inbox from people I tried to reach while I was at the Tea Party. I’ve had it with these idiots preaching at me like I’m morally degenerate for standing up for my people, like I’m strategically retarded for focusing on border security instead of healthcare and taxes.
To understand the health care issue, one must first understand that “politics is a strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles”. Cui bono? But there’s an additional layer of bullshit to peel back. The interests aren’t the interests of the crowds facing off. The only interests that were ever truly at stake were those of the corporate and bureaucratic institutions representing the Republican and Democratic political establishments. The conservative pundits have been carrying on about “transfer of wealth”, but the only wealth being transferred was from the private corporations which have been receiving the graft and regulatory advantages to the public organizations and government bureaucrats who are being rewarded for supporting the newly-empowered Democrats.
It’s not about freedom, taxes, or helping sick people. It’s not going to result in many noticeable changes in the quality or quantity of care for anybody, save for perhaps a handful of favored interest groups. It’s not about freedom or “rights”. It’s not going to make a significant impact on America’s beleaguered balance sheet. It’s nothing but a mob of fools hypnotized by an army of hustlers on the payroll of legions of organizations beholden to a handful of powerful oligarchies. It’s a mug’s game, one that the tea party movement fell for hook, line, and sinker.
Many failed to notice what was included at the last minute in the health care bill: an epic transfer of the student loan industry from private corporations like Sallie Mae to government bureaucracies. While it was spun as an unrelated way to make things more “efficient”, it was actually the same damn thing – a transfer of graft from corporations to government bureaucrats. Just as there’s not going to be a real difference in health care for ordinary Americans, there’s not going to be a real difference in student loan costs.
And that reminds me, as an aside, that the whole health care debate could be solved very easily if anybody actually cared to solve it – with a model borrowed from Sallie Mae. Just pass legislation which converts all healthcare costs which would have been covered by Medicaid into bankruptcy-proof debts. Bam! Think about it…
I continue to believe that the tea party mob is motivated by a primordial sense of White American identity which dares not speak its name. But in effect, it’s only a mob, a convenient stick for the private corporations to beat the public organizations with. White Americans have no oligarchs who speak for or answer to them. They’re sheep without a shepherd who fancy themselves to be wolves. And the first wolf to put on a tricorne hat and spout some patriotic platitudes about liberty ‘n stuff gets to lead them to the slaughter of his choosing.
Whether that slaughter is carried out by private contractors or public servants is our call. But as long as we keep following wolves, we’ll keep getting slaughtered.