I’m usually not a cynic. For all my angst about the election, and all my complaining about Obama and his disaster of a presidency, I pull from a small reservoir of hope, located behind my shrinking heart. But it’s days like today that dry up my reserve of hope and make me cry tears of blood. First, the good news!
Several days ago, comedian and actor, Jon Lovitz tweeted this: “I’m not against people having health care. It’s how it’s being paid for.”
A simple Tweet, nothing more, stating a relevant, informed opinion. The backlash was tremendous. Because Lovitz is a celebrity, he has many followers; and as an actor/comedian, the majority of his followers are Liberal. That’s just the nature of the beast. But it’s backlash like this that makes me weep for our electorate. Just take a gander at some of the angry Tweet-flood:
Plez Joyner@plezWorld 13 Nov 12
@realjonlovitz “maybe your friends who own businesses should READ about how they can save under #Obamacare (there are tax breaks, incentives)”
Jono@jononno 13 Nov 12
“@realjonlovitz: “Friends who own businesses say they’re figuring out how many they have to lay off.” -You should meet some better businessmen”
Those are just two of the best from a flood of Tweets. Not to fret, however, because Lovitz replied with aplomb.
“Yes. They don’t know what they’re talking about. They have no idea how much it costs to run their own business.”
@overitall77 “I am telling you what people who own businesses are saying. You don’t want to believe it? Ok.”
And finally, Lovitz wrote this: “If health care in Canada is so great, why do Canadiens come to the US for treatment & no Americans go to Canada for treatment? Suck on that.”
Following that Tweet, several Canadians–as well as Americans–Tweeted in agreement.
My point in all this is simply to vent my frustration with a large portion of the American people. This is our electorate! These are some of the people who voted for Obama! Anyone who has an Internet connection can research Canadian and European healthcare and see just how badly those systems are faltering, not only in cost but in quality of care. Anyone who has a library card or an Internet connection can read about basic economics. Obamacare defies basic economic logic, while mirroring the collapsing healthcare systems of several other countries.
The fact that so many people simply accept what the Obama administration and the media say as sacrosanct is mind-boggling! We are living in an age of unlimited informational resources with a people of unlimited gullibility.
What can we do about this? What can we do about those in the country who have no willingness to reach beyond what they are told and search out the truth? We can educate them. How do we do that? First, like Jon Lovitz, we can be more vocal about what we know to be true. We need to be willing to intelligently and calmly discuss our views with those with whom we disagree. Second, we can let them learn from their failures. Obamacare will collapse; and when it does, maybe some will see the truth.
I’ll leave you with a quote from Gandhi: “Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.”