You'll have to excuse me if I seem a bit perplexed: I just had a Twitter session with someone of a different mindset and I'm at a loss for words. Hypocrisy seems to be the affliction of the day and it makes me want to pull my hair out.
This person ranted on about how great our health care system was, everybody had access, and he didn't feel HE should have to pay for somebody else who was too lazy to get coverage. (No, I was NOT tweeting Rush Limbaugh.) He said when he was younger and his wife had problems (but no insurance) they received excellent care at the hospital, and didn't have to pay a dime! Therefore, he felt we didn't need to change it. I asked him who paid for it---the taxpayers? (No response.) Now after working hard, he had a business and felt he didn't need to pay any more taxes to fund other people's health policies. The government was always out to make the little guy pay for everybody else's life. And according to the constitution this wasn't necessary: everybody had the right to look out for themselves. If I worked harder I, too, could be successful (and selfish) just as he was.
Getting nowhere in that vein, after stating I felt that the constitution and the Bible were often contorted to mean whatever a particular group wanted it to mean, I calmly pointed out that we had lost $500,000.00 in the last couple years---a business that took all our savings and pensions, and a condo. Due to being self employed and major preexisting conditions, insurance was out of the question. We've been paying down $40,000 due one hospitalization. We are "starting over" at not a young age. (No sob story here, just facts for this twitter guy.) And I would NEVER deny help to anyone that ever needs it. (No response to that either, I'm afraid.)
Then the subject somehow changed to the economy. "It was the Dems in control of everything the last few years: President Bush only rubber stamped what they sent to him." This boggles my mind somewhat. Today EVERYTHING is President Obama's fault, even if it's not been sent to him to look at yet. And I won't even start on the bungled terrorist attack the other day or the funding for homeland security being vetoed....
This country is going through some tough times. Everybody has a complaint about something: he's doing too much, he's not doing enough, The Dems this, the Repubs that. But the one thing I simply cannot fathom is the hypocrisy, the complete denial of facts, and the "truth as we tell you it is." And I don't like the constitution shoved down my throat. Our founding fathers had no idea the hate and division that little document hath wrought. Lewis Carroll's "The Jabberwock" makes more sense today.