I walked into this conversation Monday:
Man 1: “Really?”
Man 2:”Oh yeah, there’s a real problem with METCO kids bringing all kinds of drugs and violence into the school.” (METCO kids are kids from poor predominantly black neighborhoods who ride up to an hour both ways to get a “better” education. It’s part of the state’s attempt to make up for the segregated city and inequitably funded schools.)
Me: “I went to school here and never noticed METCO kids bringing drugs into the schools…”
Man 2: “Oh yeah. It’s a big problem. The METCO kids bring the drugs in and then local kids get busted for them.”
Me: “Are you sure the local kids aren’t blaming the METCO kids because they got caught?”
Man 2: “Well, my son got busted and it was all because a METCO kid left a bag of Marijuanna in the car…(ahem)…plus busing the kids in costs the city a lot of money…”
I can’t help but think (hope) that the republicans are shooting themselves in the foot with all of the lies and fear mongering they are currently engaged in. It hurts me with an almost visceral pain to hear every day people arguing against their own best interests, and in favor of the same health insurance that has been dicking them around for the last 90 or so years.
Face it. The Republican party long ago stopped being the party of Lincoln and fiscal responsibility. (Don’t even get me started on “family values.)” In recent years they have become more and more the party of fear and hatred.
The brilliance of the Republican Party is: they protect the companies that rape the land, exploit the people and then move on to other countries where they can do it cheaper. Then this same party turns around and taps into the legitimate anger of the people, twisting it against the people who want to help the situation, and leveraging that into political power that they use to further bolster big business.
We don’t need a death panel to kill Granny. Granny’s already dying from cancer caused by corporate pollution, from a medical industry hell bent on extending her life as long as possible, regardless of how much excruciating pain she suffers in the process.
When people such as Sarah Palin, people with the mantle of respectability and authority tell blatant lies to their constituents, what does that say about their opinion of their own peoples intelligence and gullibility?
Of course, it worked. So Maybe they were right.
People are angry. I’m angry. People should be angry. Even this bill is just a bandaid on a hemorrhaging wound. (A real solution would be too frightening to the Democrats financial Sponsors) But at least a bandaid is better than nothing.
When the dust clears and the duplicitous lies of the party are exposed, lies promoting hatred and fear, maybe the dedicated Republican voters can look around and see whose really hurting them. Its not immigrants. Its not abortions. Its not government death panels. Its the snake that they have clasped to their own busom: The Republican Party.