December 17, 2009

Take It Or Lieb It

I must admit, I share with every liberal-minded, pro–healthcare reform person out there right now an intense frustration with Joe Lieberman's incessant bullshit. It remains unclear to me why he finds it impossible to vote for a public option — with or without an opt-out, opt-in, or trigger — other than that he likes being fucking stubborn and has an awful lot of insurance companies to answer to back in Connecticut. That, or he just likes feeling important.

However, I must also admit that my frustration is connected entirely to my own despair at the ridiculous healthcare system in America, and my own upbringing in a socialist dystopia where you can go to the doctor if you get sick, and get your medicine for free without ever having to think about it. Indeed, the main reason I am pro–healthcare reform is precisely because I grew up without ever having to think about it, and so even the relatively minor hoops I now have to jump through to see a doctor in the States (as an insured person who can afford my co-pays) seem as unconscionable to me as healthcare reform apparently does to Joe Lieberman.

Anyway — though I'm feeling very anti-Lieberman as regards the healthcare debacle, in principle I'm not sure I can really find much to fault with his behaviour. I mean, my biggest problem with U.S. politics in general is the ridiculous two-party system where vacuous, psittacine, party-line bullshit stops anything constructive from being done with any expediency (let's be honest: the only reason Lieberman has this much sway at all is because not a single Republican will break ranks on the healthcare issue). So politicians who "call 'em as they see 'em" are exactly what I think Congress needs; to a certain extent, I think they're the sort of thing that anybody who claims to want "bipartisanship" must also, at the end of the day, think Congress needs. After all, if you're not sticking to the party line, you must be voting for what you think is right — right? If only everybody could be like Lieberman. (Ptooey.)

That's the problem, though: intelligent, considered voting only works if there's more than one person doing it, and only in an environment where the few "independent" votes aren't the sole arbiter of successful legislation (i.e. where the ayes and nays are not otherwise deadlocked) — and that's why Lieberman is being such a thorn in everyone's side right now. But, again, let's be honest: the real problem is that there are so many other people who are just voting against (or for) the healthcare bill out of principle; Lieberman may be the most obvious symptom of the fucked up two-party system in the U.S. (and boy, what a festering, pus-filled symptom he is), but he's hardly the disease.

So, in conclusion: public healthcare = good. Two-party system = bad. And Joe, if you're reading, just let the fucking bill pass, okay?

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