~Ronald Sider, founder of Evangelicals for Social Action
When I was a little boy I went with my mom to the polls during a presidential election. I asked what was the difference between the Democrats and the Republicans? I was told that the Democrats fight for the poor and the working man and that the Republicans fight for the rich and the corporations. I thought then that it was a simplistic answer and that it had to be more complex than that. But in fact it is not far from the truth. The Republicans fight for the rich and corporate interests and in turn get their financial support for their campaigns for reelection. Hence their support for the health insurance companies, big oil, coal, banks and the auto industry. One hand washes the other. Of course big business is the machine that has made America great and is the engine of the economy. But that machine can be ruthless, cold hearted and exploitive. The rights of the people needs a champion and that role has fallen to the Liberal Democrats. Not to be naive, one must realizes that both groups appeal to their base and in the liberal thinking states and cities Right Wing Republican Conservatives don't stand much of a chance of being elected where as in the heartland and bible belt the mind set is more conservative and a Liberal Democrat stands little chance. Anti-liberal Obama hating, Glenn Beck loving Tea Baggers are coming from, mid America, bible belt white conservative areas, they tend to be that element of America that is the white, poorly informed and lacking real knowledge of the issues, working class Americans.
The health care debate has highlighted the differences and the opposing sides are becoming transparent especially the Republicans. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) said that the "The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry.", and that is exactly what they are. They have been bought and paid, what is amazing is how many Americans believe their lies and distortions and act against their own self interest. Now it is all coming to a head. The Democrats are set to push for the passage of the bill by Sunday and if it is accomplished it will positively impact the the lives of thirty million Americans. Many of those who have opposed the bill will be direct beneficiaries of the bill. Then try to take it away from them once they realize they are better off. They will also want the additional protections that was left out to appease the Blue Dog Democrats. It was the same way with social security which was opposed by the Republicans and passed into law under the Democrats and President Roosevelt and then Medicare which was opposed by Republicans for thirty years and was finally passed into law by President Johnson and the Democrats. The Republicans have no interest in social justice, Beck opposes social justice see previous posts, that has always been the Democrats issue.
Soon the debates will be over and it will be law or it will not be law. If it becomes law we all benefit except the health insurance companies. If it doesn't become law the health insurance companies will benefit and become richer and the American public will become the poorer and the best health care in the world will only be available to those who can afford the exorbitant premiums that the industry will be free to charge.