Remember when the Tea Party got mad at Jimmy Hoffa’s comments about “let’s take these sons of bitches out” and how some in the media like Joe Scarborough thought the President should demand an apology from Hoffa because his comments were “violent rhetoric”? Well it’s funny seeing how everyone quickly forgot their outrage last week after for the second week in a row, GOP audiences at debates, cheered for the death of another innocent human being:
Really though? Let him die? Because he doesn’t have better health insurance? Is this the country we’ve become?
But you know what? Forget the audience for a minute and let’s focus on Ron Paul. I know there’s a lot of people that cheer Ron Paul as being “not that bad” but its questions like this that expose Paul as being too black & white to be a serious candidate for President (or any elected office for that matter). In the video he actually says that if a person doesn’t have health insurance, then part of the Freedoms we have in this country is taking that “risk”. That’s a pretty cold and binary way of handling this. Maybe the man can’t afford a $200 a month premium because he lost his job or he took a pay cut or he has a family. I don’t think any person without health insurance is looking to the government for welfare or a handout when they get sick, they’re looking for help. Ron Paul’s approach to this, Foreign Policy and just about everything goes against the general principles we say run this country: compassion. According to Ron Paul’s approach, if I drive around in my car and I don’t have a spare tire no one should pull over and offer me a hand because, well that’s the risk I took and I shouldn’t be looking for a handout. That’s absurd.
Look, this country’s history isn’t rosy. We have our skeletons not only in the closet but on the couch in the living room and at the dining room table. Yet even in our darkest moments, we have compassion. Yes, we had slavery but we also had those willing to help runaway slaves escape, giving them food and shelter. Our foreign policy leaves a lot to be desired but we also have people and organizations here who make it their mission to aid those in other countries. Compassion and aid is who we are. It’s just as much a part of our history as a country as all the evils done. So when people say Ron Paul is closer to what we need to be as a country, I laugh and shake my head. I don’t want to live in a country where people like Ron Paul run it. That would be a horrible…HORRIBLE country to live in. Don’t just listen to the easy, simplistic and cheap soundbites Paul says to score political points, listen to everything he has to say. The America he talks about that we need to get back to, never existed. And quite frankly I hope it never does.