but I think we have lost our nerve, as a country I mean.
Sure, we can send boys and girls to fight far away, but when it comes to shouldering our duty as citizens we are wimps.
Yes, I am talking about health coverage reform, and the baldly demagogic language that is breathtakingly hypocritical, all meant to stir a mixture of fear and outrage.
But the real intent is to cultivate an atavistic, atomistic idea of America as a wild west nation where all that matters is me and mine.
It looks all sorts of brave, but is really cowardly as courage in my world is about standing up for principles even when it costs you. Standing up for your rights, even if it hurts others, is not courage at all.
I say, let's show some real nerve in this country, not pretend courage.
- For example, let's have a war tax, one that pays for Iraq and Afghanistan. If we are really committed to do it, let's agree to pay for it with a tax increase. Whenever we enter a war, let's ask the country to pay for it. Send us all a bill, except for those in the armed services. Let's send them and their families a check.
- Let's see who's really pulling the strings, by publishing the tax returns of everyone in Congress and the State Legislatures. You want the public trust, trust us by showing us your stake. And that goes for all those vague organizations that run political commercials. Let me see names, real names, and companies. If you're that powerful why hide?
- And let's admit that health care works best when it is more like water departments and sewer departments and fire departments than it is like Walmart or Kmart or Costco. Man up America!