The media, social and otherwise, is saturated with discussion about the government shutdown and the Affordable Care Act. I choose to remain silent on the topic on Facebook. Many FB friends are conservatives and our relationships are sustained by both parties choosing to exercise discretion in matters political. Still, there is freedom of speech for a while longer in America so I am allowing myself one good, cleansing rant in this venue.
Turn on any media outlet and you’ll find a conservative talking head spewing the Tea Party line about the evils of the ACA. This is obfuscation in its purest form. The ACA may be good, or bad, or both. It is irrelevant. The shutdown has nothing to do with the merits of the ACA. The shutdown is coup attempt; nothing less.
Tea-publicans: You didn’t have the votes to prevent passage of the ACA. Yes, I understand your worldview is dependent upon there being a small group of ‘haves’ and a large mass of ‘have-nots’. You think the decision about whose child gets immunized and which cancer patient gets chemo should be made by the guy who own the pizza parlor and based on how much he wants to spend on people he doesn’t really like anyway. The legislative process took place. You lost.
Tea-vangelicals: You couldn’t blackmail enough legislators to pass any of the umpteen attempts to repeal the ACA so you appealed to the courts. Yes, I understand that the Lord God Almighty has personally called upon you to glue sequins on ‘hatred’ and call it ‘values’. I get that deep inside what passes for your heart you just know the Taliban was playing the right game; just for the wrong team. The judicial process took place. You lost.
Tea-billies: You chose to make limiting access to health care the centerpiece of the last presidential election. Pandering to your base’s hatred of the poor is almost as easy as pandering to their racism and xenophobia. Yes, I get that truth is irrelevant. You know that whatever lie falls out of your mouth will be picked up by your media lackeys and reported as fact. You can drone on for 21 hours at a time but the message is always the same; “Put the white back in the White House”. The electoral process took place. You lost.
The ACA is the law. If you support the government shut down, do so. Stand up for what you believe in; minority rule, theocracy, white supremacy…..whatever. Just stop pretending it has anything to do with the merits of the ACA. That is intellectual cowardice. Whatever philosophy you are promoting deserves better than an advocate too gutless to make their case.