Shut up and listen! Yes, I’m talking to you. The main problem we have in this ridiculous state we’ve found ourselves is that everyone is talking and no one is listening. You want to blame Congress, well that’s great, blame them, but when was the last time you listened to someone with an opposing viewpoint and considered what that person had to say? So can you really blame your congressional representative for doing the same thing? No, but we can ask him or her to do a better job than we have as an American people. Perhaps our leaders in Congress could set the tone for a more united country by stopping their profuse verbiage and considering what their opponents have to say.
Yesterday, when President Obama called all the Democrats in, I hoped he would take them to the woodshed as only he could do. I hoped he would say, “Listen up, folks, you’ve done a crap job and it’s up to you to fix it. The only way that’s going to happen is to listen to the Republicans and see where you can agree.” From the reports, there was a bunch of story swapping over how bad things are getting. Well that’s not really helpful. We all know how bad it is down here on planet Earth. Come down and join us, why don’t you? We have to get along with our co-workers or we lose our jobs.
So now he’s meeting with the Republicans today. Obama has claimed he wants to be bipartisan, but one Republican friend a bipartisan President does not make. It’s like saying I am an activist because I have a friend from a marginalized community. I don’t know what he will say, but I hope he will listen, and I hope the Republicans will listen in return.
I read Ann Coulter’s article this morning, I won’t give the title here because it was in all caps, and I’m tired of the yelling. Essentially, she was lambasting the Democrats. Thanks, Ann, we needed some more discordant voices around here. One argument she made demonstrated just how far away some Republicans are. She says, “Obamacare will allow insurers to charge 50 percent higher premiums for smokers, but prohibits insurers from increasing premiums for those with HIV/AIDS.” I had to read this about three times to make sure I didn’t inappropriately apply my disbelief at her lack of understanding, at best, or insanity. Equating smoking (a voluntary activity that is a health risk) with HIV/AIDS (a disease that effects millions of people, some of whom were born with it) wreaks of a throwback argument from 25 years ago. This statement is a great example of the evidence of our divide. Surely any reasonable person could see that this argument doesn’t hold water, but only if she were actually to consider the opposing arguments.
But let’s not hang it all on Ann and the Republicans, because I don’t see that Democrats are doing any better. Why must we impose the mandate on healthcare now? Take the political climate weather report and see that people are skeptical. Rather than forcing a change, how about winning people to the position? I’m not a political analyst, and about that I am incredibly happy, but from my view, there is a major malfunction not only in Washington, but in our entire country, and we could do a lot of good if we would just shut up and listen.