No, THIS is what change looks like

Does this mean the Fat man is really leaving for Costa Rica?  Eureka!

So how’s that hopey-changey thing working out for everyone but Sarah Palin and her bosses at Fox News?  Very well, because Congress passed the healthcare reform bill today at long last, after a lifetime of waiting, and after most of us have watched the lives of so many end needlessly, and so many others get driven deeply into financial ruin by medical bills.

But apparently 35 state legislatures are run by Fox News and haven’t gotten the word that our present healthcare system is at best dysfunctional.  Which is to say they are already inventing ways to stop reform, mostly involving lawsuits, but no doubt including civil war.  Reason?  Fear.  Period.  Well, all I can say is that the South’s reasons for the last civil war stunk even worse, but even that doesn’t excuse this behavior.

To those in other countries — and also in the U.S. — who are befuddled that the federal government is apparently riding so foul of the will of the states, all I can say is don’t confuse the will of the states with the will of the people (for those in doubt, I offer Illinois as a prime example).  Due to the peculiarities of the U.S. election system, many states are currently run by fringe groups and/or far right-wingnuts who would never pass muster to be elected to national office…although somehow, far too many of them have made it to Washington D.C. anyway.  Witness the George W. Bush years, and what happened to Bill Clinton just before that (not that he didn’t deserve some of it; but the fact is that if he did, so did Bush — and nothing at all happened to Bush).

And then there’s Texas.  A blogger recently published a plaintive post asking the question, “who died and left Texas in charge?”  It’s a question a lot of the rest of us have been asking for a long time.

Anyway, this political fictionalization amplifies fringe groups and gives them enough credibility that right-wing media whores such as Limbaugh, Beck and Palin are able to pretend that they, not the current slight majority of the politicians in Washington, speak for “the people.”  Well, they do.  They speak for their brainwashed minions.  But their brainwashed minions don’t include all of us.  In fact, most of us are not “theirs” at all.

But don’t expect too many of us to laugh too hard or too long at the end result of the veiled threats and dire predictions that Palin and Limbaugh in particular have been making in regard to healthcare reform.

I daresay the real freak show has just begun.  And to those 35 state legislatures that have been bought off by Fox News, the rest of the right-wing media whores, and insurance industry propaganda: enjoy your Stupid of the Day award, morons.  And while you’re at it, why don’t you come up with a viable alternative solution instead of one long whine wrapped up in lawsuits, huff-n-puff, and idiocy?

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