How ridiculous is this whole debate. My puny country, Canada manages to offer heath care. We are not socialist in fact, at the moment it is the Conservative Right in power.
What irks me the most about Americans is that it is the self-righteous, religious right and big business that are all in a huff about the threat of socialism to their precious independence. They are arguing political theory when millions of their poor die because they cannot afford proper health care. Caring for the least of our brothers is socialism? Sounds like Christianity to me. As far as the rich are concerned, they are most strident in their attack against health care because their tax loop holes would disappear and they would actually have to pay their fair share of taxes.
The conservatives will buck anything Obama suggests, even if their actions cause suffering It seems that their sole goal is to be seen as right.
Cut it out. How about some unity in this time of economical crisis, putting American citizens welfare above their own personal agendas. As Jean Vanier, Canadian founder of L’Arche said,
I can be right. I can be dead right and bring death to all those around me.
America, you are facing an internal war. Time for the two political parties to cooperate for a few years and then play your power games for another whole year before the next election. Canadians play for 6 weeks before an election, surely a year is enough time for acting and posturing.