Kentucky memories, VI

The Tea Party: Mad Hatters and Health Care

I’ve been watching the antics surrounding the health care debate with what I can only describe as wide-eyed amazement and awe, tinged slightly with fear.

mad hatterDo any of the participants in this gigantic circus of the deluded honestly believe that ordinary people might see them as offering some viable alternative; that a government led by some latter day reincarnation of Tom o’ Bedlam would lead them out of the sea of bewildered confusion in which they find themselves? They’re like time-travellers desperately trying to get back to their version of 1950 and determined to take everyone with them.

TV coverage of Tea Partiers arriving at that Nevada town where they’ll presumably offer up all sorts of criticisms and no sorts of solutions was a bit telling. Feller they interviewed had driven more than a thousand miles from somewhere or other in a 1955 Detroit Barge of a make I couldn’t identify. I’ll bet you a Focus to a Hyundai that he complained about the price of gas all the way.

There’s a couple of things I’d like to suggest. To those people carrying  the signs that read: “In GOD we TRUST, not government” I’d suggest they might like to try living for a couple of years in some country or other where an Ayatollah is in supreme charge. Same god, just a different name for his representative.

And for those out there who say that no-one should be forced to have health care… well fair enough, don’t buy it. But put your convictions where your rhetoric is and at all times carry a note informing any would be Samaritan that in the event of you becoming dangerously ill you decline to be a burden on the country by receiving treatment of any sort where any form of subsidy might be involved – and of course tell your wife and kids that they have to do the same. That way you can die a champion of free choice and liberty and the rights of man, and you won’t have cost anyone a brass razoo.

Burial might be a bit of a problem though. Rules about disposal of the dead are pretty strict – government gone mad again.

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