I just returned from a show at Marquette University where, for whatever reason, exactly half of the crowd began booing at the mere mention of President Obama’s name.
My friends, at this rate, we are two years from Mad Max’s Thunderdome.
I’ve made several jokes at the expense of the health care debate, but there’s something I’d like to say in all seriousness, and I’m paying my web host, so I’m going to say it here: Make sure you’re on the right side on this one.
If, in your heart, you believe that our country will be worse as a result of insurance for all, if you believe that the government is going to kill your family while raising your taxes because, well, because they want to. Surely the governement has it’s reasons. If this is what you believe, then fight for it with all your heart.
If, in your heart, you believe that Health Care is a basic, human right, and a right that a for-profit corporation doesn’t have the right to give or take away. Despite the fact that a massive Health Care overhaul will eliminate jobs and increase unemployment on an unfathomable scale unless those same employees become Government employees and are thereby paid with tax dollars not yet factored into any estimates. If this is what you believe, then fight for it with all your heart.
Please, let us resort to our better natures. Let us be thoughtful in our disagreements and empathetic in our opinions, because future generations are going to hold us accountable. I want to tell my kids that I made my decision based on love for my fellow man, and not my fear of of him. I want to tell my kids that I made my decision based on my love of life, and not my fear of death.
Even if I’m not currently as informed as I should be, I want to have the debate. I want to know enough that I can say that I was on the side of what was right. This really feels like one of those defining moments.
I promise I’ll go back to trafficking in fart jokes tomorrow.