The B!%@# Understands That People Want Control

We all have a desire to have control of our world.  It’s a very unnerving feeling to discover we have lost domain over our own existence.  People will go to great lengths to feel like they have something that resembles control over what is happening in their lives.  And when they are unable to exercise personal oversight, they will willingly dictate to others what is to happen in their lives.  It is that need for self-jurisdiction that often opens the door to the manipulation by the repugnants.

Over the last eight years the message repeatedly thrown out by the repugnants and their ilk have been about loss of personal authority.  While our society has actually been improving and becoming more accepting of differences, the repugnants have been declaring the sky is falling.  Through all of this they have been standing on their soap boxes and screaming that they government was coming for individual liberty.  They carefully fed the lies until many who voted could no longer separate fact from fantasy.

These men and women focused on a part of our society that we rarely like to acknowledge. A part that we generally sweep under the carpet as we discuss personal choice.  The part that we all know exists, yet we do not wish to see, selfishness.  When one is raised on the ideals of personal liberty and choice it is all too easy to fall into the trap of self-centered and fixated behaviors.  It is that trap that was so carefully laid out over the course of multiple years.  It is that world in which we find ourselves standing today.

Most people would like to think of themselves as good people.  Many people actions demonstrate that they are willing to put the needs of others before their own.  There are mothers all around the world who go hungry in order to ensure that their children have something in their stomach.  There are people who forgo much in order to meet even the most basic needs of others.  These people are actually quite rare in our world.  Most of the time they act without notice or recognition.  They make changes in the lives of others simply because they wish to do so.

How I wish I could say that we live in a world that is predominately populated by this type of person.  But the simple truth is, we do not.  We instead live in a world where selfishness runs rampant and it is that part of our society which is being manipulated and utilized to create a world that many of us will be ashamed to say we had any part in building.

To see what I speak of and to understand the manipulation, one only has to look at the ACA.  With its introduction, many people in this country found themselves for the first time in their lives able to find health insurance.  While it may not have been the best insurance, many people found themselves able to see the doctor without having to wait until their conditions had degraded so much that their only choice was the emergency room.  Taxes did increase for some, others saw their premiums rise, and people were mandated to find some sort of program to cover their families.  Some people balked at the mandate and found that they didn’t like being told what to do.  But the most prevalent argument, the one uttered most often by those who opposed the ACA was, “why should I have to pay for someone else’s medical care?”

It was that statement upon which most of the arguments were built.  Why should you be responsible for others?  Why should you have to have increased rates to cover someone who can’t work?  Why does your pocketbook have to be lighter in order to ensure that someone you don’t know can go to the doctor?  People who openly had no issue exposing themselves as being just a tad bit self-centered would post these comments on forums and then would fight vehemently when they were called on it.  At least they are honest about their nature, there are many who are not.

As the ACA grew, another type of person emerged and this one was more insidious.  The zealot, the justifier, the excuse-maker or whatever label one would apply.  This person declared their willingness to help and to uplift, but only if their beliefs were affirmed. They stood on the street corners and shouted about their tax dollars being given to others who aren’t the right kind of people.  Why should they have to pay for the treatment of a drug addict?  Why should their tax dollars have to pay for birth control?  Can’t those women just keep their legs shut and follow the teachings of… insert some religious text here?  These pious and imperfect people excused their selfishness by hiding behind their “values and beliefs.”

These were and are the people that are the bread and butter of the repugnant movement. They are fed by the ideals of standing up for their beliefs, holding up those beliefs as a shield to deflect from reality.  They are indeed self-centered and they do not actually wish to help others.  They seek only to build for themselves. These people are the ones who so openly declare that they just can’t give money to the homeless because they might by a drink or they might be really some con-artist looking to steal their money.  They are the excuse makers who only help when their is something in it for them.

Don’t get me wrong, we all make choices based on our personal needs and the needs of those we love.  But we owe it to ourselves to at least be honest about our motives.  If we don’t want to help someone we need to openly admit that we just don’t want to help.  We don’t care and we don’t wish to hinder our own happiness for the sake of another.  While some may look down on you for it, at least you will have been honest.

 

The B!%@# Goes to the Doctor…

Thursday morning found me wandering into work not feeling right.  My throat was sore and I knew that I was coming down with something.  Then I received a text, a person I work with would be staying home with strep.  Suddenly that sharp pain in the back of my throat made sense and I knew my coming fate; days flat on my arse in bed while I cursed my normally great immune system’s Achilles heel…strep.

So here we are four days later and I still don’t feel 100%, but the fever has subsided and I can swallow things without bringing forth images of cheese graters.  It’s been a process:  sleep, wake, pills, watch some show on Netflix while semi-conscious, sleep, wake, pills, and repeat.  This morning I found myself in that state of ache, the one you can only get from laying around on your arse for too long.  It was then resolved that I would crawl my way out of bed and at least spend the day upright at my desk chair while I tried to catch up on the world.

Flipping through my news feed, my FB feed, and all my other assorted sources of information, it seemed that three days of semi-conscious existence had not really left me too far out of the loop.  The Repugnants are still going after social programs and plotting ways to give the wealthy more money.  The Tangerine is still thin-skinned and can’t resist embarrassing himself and the country with his twitter tantrums.  The day of the inauguration is creeping ever closer.  Friday the 20th, the day when the nation becomes the dimwitted B-movie victim dashing up the stairs to avoid the slasher killer when instead they should have sprinted out the front door.

Considering my position for the last three days (stuck in bed and sick) I find myself drawn back to the actions of the Repugnants in relation to the ACA.  Am I the only one who can’t get over the fact these sneaky SOB’s seem to love to do things in the middle of the night.  It’s no wonder some people are afraid of the dark that’s when all the back dealing, soul selling seems to be happening in congress.

When it comes to their actions regarding the ACA,  I don’t understand them on this issue.   Are they so in the pockets of the insurance companies that they have lost sight of the value of health care for everyone?  Do they truly not care that they will be relegating so many people to a state of desperation?  Are they so concerned with providing tax cuts to the wealthy that they are willing to condemn so many for so few?  It seems that despite the fact that so many people have been demanding that they fix, not repeal the ACA, the Repugnants have set their sights on the program.  

The internet is loaded with stories at the moment.  Every time a repugnant posts requests for stories to support the repeal of the program they find their comments filled with fifty stories of how the program positively impacted someone’s life.  There are stories of lives being saved and children receiving care.  There are people who were able to see the doctor for the first time in years and people who finally received treatment they never thought they could afford.  

There are some stories of dissent, the majority of which focus upon money.  Here the people tend to be divided into two camps: the one’s complaining about their premiums and the one’s complaining about having to pay for others to get health care.  To the first set I always reply, ask the insurance companies why they believe their profit margins have to be astronomically high. To the second set I resist the urge to throttle them as they expose their self-centered nature to the world.

Let me be upfront by saying, I have health insurance.  I am in a position that allows me to purchase it through my employer and I pay a rather large premium each month to maintain it for myself and my teenage daughter.  I am fortunate that I am able to do so.  Which is why when I came down with strep on Thursday I went to the doctor.  I got in that day, paid my copay, got my prescription, and went home to collapse in bed.  

Unfortunately for many those options are not always available.  Through the implementation of the ACA options were becoming more accessible.  But now who knows how many will be left doing the emergency room shuffle as they wait it out and finally have no choice but to go to the ER.  How many people will go without seeing a doctor and will miss a diagnosis that could save their lives?  

Health care is one of those human rights that really shouldn’t be treated as a privilege. This is the one area that can leave people feeling the most desperate.  People who are left desperate do unexpected things.  How many times have we seen stories of good people doing bad things because someone they loved was ill and couldn’t afford the care?  It happens and it shouldn’t.  We should be strong enough as a society to acknowledge that every person has a right to equal levels of health care.  Our need to get ahead in life should not outweigh others health care needs.  If you want to mess with people’s health care then by all means don’t cover the elective stuff like plastic surgery and hair plugs.  Hell the Tangerine seems to be doing just fine with his orange do.

So yes, the B!%@# went to the doctor on Thursday and I am fortunate that I was able to do so.  Perhaps we need to find a way in this country to get to the point where it shouldn’t be considered a fortunate thing, but a guaranteed thing.