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23 September 2009 @ 10:48 pm
Jack Webb Schools Barack Obama on Healthcare  

Please watch...
ex_annemarie10 on September 24th, 2009 03:19 am (UTC)
I love it.
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Nisienisie on September 24th, 2009 01:15 pm (UTC)
That is so much of what I'd want to say to Obama. My grandfather broke bread with Martin Luther King, he gave African Americans jobs, rides and money during the civil rights period in Montgomery, AL. He understood that what King was struggling for would benefit him as well, because he was part Cherokee and legally couldn't own land in Alabama at the time if he admitted his racial background. To be safe, my grandmother legally owned all property at the time.

One of the times I knew he was proudest of me was when I took classes in college on Native Americans and studied to learn more about who I was.

Yet, it feels like disagreement is being called racism now, and that we are being pushed in directions that as a nation we aren't ready for.
W. Isermanregalpewter on September 24th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
I love it. keep spreading around. Maybe some folks will listen...
Brookebrookiki on September 24th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
I love the icon. I finally got around to watching all of Strawberry Eggs last week.

(Oh, and I totally agree with your post, but priorities. Icons over important political discussion, right? :-))
Chris H.miseri on September 24th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Could apply this to any sort of proposed social change, really, from reviews of the local school curriculum right up to the Protestant Reformation. The tag at the end of the clip suggests that this was originally built to be response to some issue with respect for the police, not healthcare....

Frankly, based on the arguments I've seen so far, and based on my experiences, I really can't see government healthcare (at least, as practised here in Canada) as a bad thing. So the amount of uproar over the issue strikes me as being a little perplexing.
Nisienisie on September 24th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)
Try imagining the uproar if people tried to reverse the way things were in Canada.
Chris H.miseri on September 24th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
In other words, it is the *act of change* itself which is bad, not the proposed end result, whatever it might be?
Nisienisie on September 24th, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
I think half of it is the fear of change, the fear of the unknown. It's also 75% of Americans are happy with their insurance as is. We fear handing over more control and more tax dollars to the government.

Brookebrookiki on September 24th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
You nailed it.

I think that if people believed what Obama were saying (it wouldn't cost more, we'd get the money from cutting waste, it won't affect the way private insurance works, etc, etc), a lot more people would be okay with it. Unfortunately, a lot of people don't trust the government on this issue, and with good reason, in my opinion.

The people opposing it aren't saying "I don't want poor people to die from lack of medical care due to lack of insurance availability." Most of them are saying "I know there's a problem with the system and it could be improved, but I don't want to lose the good things about the system in a dramatic sweeping change that I feel is more for show than anything else. Can we please look long and hard at the system and make the small changes that would give us big results?"

For example, the ABA recommends that state bars require attorneys to do 50 hours of pro bono work per year (most don't, but...) How much of a difference would be made if every doctor had to give 50 hours of community service to low cost clinics and the like?