Healthcare is such a big issue these days it is difficult to realize most of the people writing about it really are not touched by the consequences of the morass of the medical marketplace. I am. The ridiculous expense of medical insurance forced me out of the policy I was carrying for myself and my four children last month. (And, as of this writing I have not received a promised refund from World Insurance.) What follows is a letter I wrote to my Congressman, Kevin Brady, on this issue. It reflects some of my philosophy on the medical marketplace and what I thinkg government's role is in that marketplace.
To say I was exasperated with the world over the summer is putting it pretty mildly. In these posts it should have been obvious I usually vote Republican, but I am a Republican of convenience. That is to say the GOP is my party only so long as they stand with me and the values I recognize as a valid means of putting a society together and keeping it that way. Most of those who vote with me feel the same way. That means that, apparently unbeknownst to the so-called "leaders" of the party, Republicans are a fundamentally different kind of constituency than Democrats are.
The difference means that what, in the hands of Democratic candidates, is simple and nominal disrespect for a constituency they can reasonably expect to allow them to do their thinking for them is, in the hands of Republican candidates, fraud. I and my Republican bretheren are tired of fraud.
In my last entry I made a brief foray into a discussion of marriage. After a discussion of the subject with my grown son on the same day it seems appropriate to expand on that a little.
You may recall I stated that marriage should not be considered a social environment for sexual relationships. Well, this is news to a lot of people.
We hear a lot these days about "sustainable" (fill in the blank). I find this trend a matter of deep irony. You see, all the things we talk about sustaining are things like the environment, economic development, and any other such issue that is amenable to the centralized control of an elite few. In all the history of humankind no such enterprise has ever been sustainable for an extended period of time. The best and brightest among us are just too bloody corrupt to do good well.
This is the very essence of why we have culture. The dirty secret of culture is that it is not about what we are being told it is about. We are being sold a culture that is about entertaining adults and empowering elites. That is, by definition, an unsustainable development.
Wanna be famous? Do as the media shows others doing! Rant! Rave! Blow yourself away after taking thirty total innocents with you! The media will take the packet you send them as you take a breather from strenuous carnage and make you a cause celebre!
That's the ticket. Let the rating points show the way. Info-tainment as not even the Romans could do it.
Yesterday the Supreme Court, in a narrowly drawn 5 to 4 decision, upheld a 2003 federal law outlawing partial birth abortions.
Predictably this was both hailed and derided as an attack on Roe v. Wade. Should it turn out to be so so much the better but, in point of fact, it simply accepts human revulsion at the torture killing of any animal, human or not.