The Buzz, like all good Americans, wants our country back. Nsenga Burton, leftist that she is, does not seem to understand this and explains it at length below
Is it me or does what's unfolding in response to the health care reform legislation vaguely resemble protests of the 1960s, when people were fighting for and against civil rights? Spitting on members of Congress, shouting the "N" word (in a way that's not related to this column) and the "F" word, brandishing firearms, hurling threats and screaming at the top of their lungs?
Where was this rage when the insurance companies were gouging Americans? Where was this rage when children were being denied health care because of pre-existing conditions i.e., ailments they were born with? Where was this rage when folks had to choose between paying for their homes or for medical treatments? Where was this rage when working Americans could not afford health care or didn't have it as an option? Where was this rage when the prior administration pushed through legislation that created the dire economic conditions under which we're currently suffocating? Where was this rage when thousands of American troops were killed when fighting a war that we entered under false information? Where was this rage when veterans with catastrophic injuries were returning home and couldn't get the health care that they needed to fully participate in society again? Where was this rage when female veterans could not receive the same health services or gender-specific treatment as their male colleagues in VA hospitals?
I could go on, but I won't. The question is, what is driving all of this rage? There's a lot to be pissed off about, but universal health care is not one of them. I wish folks were this interested in our public school system; even though we are failing our children on the education front, there is very little rage or protest. What is it about health care reform that has so many folks' panties in a bunch?
I have a sneaky suspicion that it has little to do with health care and a lot to do with prejudice. What exactly do the words "nigger" and "faggot" have to do with health care anyway? Why is that type of venom being spewed? Oh, let me guess: Some people think the "niggers" and "faggots" will benefit most from this measure. Sorry — try poor white people, many of whom are uninsured and unemployed. I still don't understand why many poor whites are siding with the political party that is hell bent on keeping them unemployed and uninsured. I'm just saying, they had jobs under President Clinton and voted for President Bush twice who drove the economy into ground, so why all the hate for President Obama? Don't tell me they're cool with white men cramming legislation down their throats as opposed to a black man. We can't be that lame as a society … or can we?
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