The issues in this election are vital to us as a community of diverse folks with The D. I believe we should discuss it. Dearly beloved Admins: if we can't keep it civil, I will not be the least bit offended if you call us to a Major Halt!
While Governor Romney has been unclear about his position on many things, even though his personal and public records give us some clues, Paul Ryan has not. So here's what I believe he would tell me:
As a progressive, I'm a "Cancer" on the country. As a Diabetic, go to the ER when rationing your test strips necessitates. As a Senior, die sooner and who cares if you can do that in your own home (where, thanks to Medicare, my Mom died peacefully in my arms). As a mother and sister and granddaughter of lesbians and the mother and aunt of young women who are child-bearing right now---let them all bear the babies from a rape or incest. As a citizen with limited income, save your pennies to use soon-to-be defunded mass transit to get a photo ID even though you don't drive and will also have to make numerous phone calls and pay more money to get a copy of your birth certificate which disappeared when your purse was stolen. As an artist---oh well---I wouldn't even bother…..
Yes, that all states my bias. But I would like to know how any person with a pre-existing condition and really, how any woman can support these candidates.
I'm not any kind of attack dog. I'll try to respond thoughtfully!.....Blessings on all of us who struggle with The D and our self-management in the face of societal ignorance!!!
Unfortunately for all, there's a long, entrenched Puritanical tradition in blaming people for their situation. Be it financial, physical or mental health, the disenfranchised are at fault. A convenient out for those in power to divert & smokescreen the issues of inequality & maintain control. So much for any kind of social contract.
I fear a calculated strategy of a return to a feudal-like state. Masses will have nothing & be grateful for anything authority tosses them. Civil rights severely eroded, blatant attacks against women's reproductive rights, collective bargaining curtailed & a host of other indicators while no one complains or stands up. There's a frightening movement in education to systematically squelch critical thinking. We've become a nation of sheep with only a few lone voices of reason & compassion daring to challenge. Apathy & hopelessness.
I fear a calculated strategy of a return to a feudal-like state.
which is exactly the intent.
As I lay with my head in your lap camerado,
The confession I made I resume, what I said to you and the open air
I know I am restless and make others so,
I know my words are weapons full of danger, full of death,
For I confront peace, security, and all the settled laws, to
I am more resolute because all have denied me than I could ever have
been had all accepted me,
I heed not and have never heeded either experience, cautions,
majorities, nor ridicule,
And the threat of what is call'd hell is little or nothing to me,
And the lure of what is call'd heaven is little or nothing to me;
Dear camerado! I confess I have urged you onward with me, and still
urge you, without the least idea what is our destination,
Or whether we shall be victorious, or utterly quell'd and defeated."(walt whitman)
Please no politics here!! it will damage friendships!! this is a place away from all the politics!!
I was wondering about the Ryan plan in terms of the actuarial conundrum suggested by cutting people off Medicare who have many conditions, each one of which may be disabling on it's own, eg. heart condition, prone to falling, obesity, DJD at many levels, toss in some T2, maybe not disabling on it's own but a BIG challenge requiring a lot of medical care. As I understand the plan it's solution is to give those people something like $2000 and let them buy their own insurance. If insurers are forced to cover them, it doesn't strike me as that much different than Obamacare and, if you don't cover them, it's likely to end up like Soylent Green. I tosssed this out on my conservative cousin's FB thread on the subject and got a few "likes" but didn't get an explanation from any of the righties.
I know there are people who are able to collect disability who are not disabled but there are a lot of people who are going to be very hard-pressed to get insured who will still place stress on the system without adequate funding to cover it.
I love how you managed to drop a Soylent Green reference in on a diabetes website comment.
I also hate that you're so totally right - no Medicare for me in my old days means I'm lining up for that end-of-life video sooner rather than later.
Oh, wow! It's low carb.
You remind me, Cosumne,of 5 years ago in the first few months of trying to understand "Crazy Doc Bernie's" precepts, when on one of my walks, I saw a sweet robin devouring a worm and wondered how many carbs a worm had???!!!
Thank you! Love it.
Hilarious! (Only if it never happens!)
re Starfire: The fact that in this country we can no longer have civil political discussions says more than anything else about how far we have fallen. If the middle third could talk openly more, then perhaps we could get "back on track."
Having said that, in my view the vote in November will determine the future of our country for the next two generations at least. Maybe more. I hope it does not become feudal but it sure looks like it is headed for a few "haves" and the rest "have nots." We will see how much critical thinking people do before voting on Nov 7. Each person's decision will clearly place him/her on one side of a great divide. Which way do you really want our country to go?