Not many recognize the name Benjamin Rush. He served as one of the lesser known Founding Fathers and signers of the Declaration of Independence. Normally, I post much longer entries, but tonight, as I hear of Obamacare horror stories and people being hammered with penalties and fines, I find the following quote of Benjamin Rush to be prophetic…
I’ve observed that it’s usually men who keep relying on historical documents like the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution in their political arguments. I’m glad that rich white men took the time to create these documents, really I am, but I don’t worship or adore them in the same way. Like the Bible, they were written a long time ago, when the world was a lot different than it is now.
We’ve excused the famous men in our history from things like slavery because, well, those were the times. At some point in the future, we’ll probably excuse a lot of war crimes committed under the guise of the drug war because that’s just how it was back then. That’s us; that’s America.
I don’t care about the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. I care more about how Jim Crow laws have evolved and been created here, in the 21st century. You know, in part by the white men who wrote those documents.
As for Obamacare, did ya’ll think this was going to be easy? Do you want to go back to the way it was? Obamacare was created by Mitt Romney, not President Obama. If we could have agreed on Medicare for all, instead of this conservative plan, things would look a lot different right now. But no, we’re America, so we have to allow private industry to take over our healthcare system. The almighty dollar is more important than everyone’s health and well being. The drug war is more important than pain patients. Big Pharma products are more important than medical cannabis. America, love it or become homeless.
Don’t let your political affiliations and labels keep you from seeing things the way they are. Those who are against a national healthcare system have not done enough research into the way these programs work. A perfect system doesn’t exist, but like it or not, national healthcare is better than Romneycare. That’s just a fact.