Since this is coming on the tail of two national political conventions, forgive me if this is wonk-heavy.
♥ Only marginally, um, relevant to my interests, but: 7 Things Christians Need To Remember About Politics. Oddly enough, a lot of it applies to that other side of the coin as well. I point to the seventh in particular: Stop saying, “This is the most important election in the history of our nation.” It’s not. The most important election in the history of our nation was when Abraham Lincoln was elected president. Before that, we thought it was okay to own people.
Perspective. We can has?
(And from the Man himself: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”)
♥ Speaking of politics, my friend Jesse posted this Slate article by Matthew Yglesias after Bill Clinton’s fabulous speech. (Seriously, the man’s got charisma.) The quote Jesse pulled from the article is one with which I agree: In Tampa Republicans painted a portrait of an America in which there are basically three kinds of people. On the one hand you have the upwardly mobile job creators pulling themselves up by their own bootstraps. On the other hand you have the moochers and looters angling for handouts. And then there are our beloved seniors, very much entitled to their Medicare benefits. The key clients of Medicaid—children who didn’t have the wisdom to avoid being born to poor parents, people suffering from medical and physical disabilities beyond their control, senior cit[i]zens who need nursing home care—have no real place in that schematic view of America. But even though Democrats have, in practice, been pretty dogged in their defense of money for this program they don’t normally like to talk about it.
I fall squarely into the second “key client” category. I am waiting on Medicaid. It’s no secret I’m going to vote for President Obama and other liberals on whatever ticket I’m handed. This health care business — and it is a business — is largely why. It is shameful that anyone in a nation should be uninsured against her will. It is shameful that any citizen or resident alien should scramble to find health care. It is shameful that health care is marketed like a commodity, and that even those who pay for the privilege have no say in the dispensation thereof, that we cannot give our doctor’s appointments to others. My mother doesn’t use her insurance much at all, but she’s paying the same for it as if she were me. She would happily let me use it. Why do the insurance companies care who’s using it so long as they get paid?
♥ Speaking of Facebook, Julie shared this and it is adorable:
♥ Via Natasha, two glorious women being glorious in their RAGE.
And for the record, when they ask “What do you know?” I say “Just enough to know I don’t know enough.”
♥ The Man Repeller on being “blinded by the label”. I post this not because I have ever had the problem (frankly, I don’t care as long as it’s a quality, classic garment for a reasonable price) but because it’s an insight I don’t see very often. I appreciate that she is asking why she shops for labels, and then trains her eye away from labels for a minute in order to see what impact labels have had on her tastes.