Sunday, July 08, 2007

From Street Prophets...

A diarist named Karmakin over at Street Prophets quotes a bit from the new Michael Moore movie, "Sicko", that neatly summarizes my feelings about America:

It was hard for me to acknowledge that in the end, we truly are in the same boat. And that, no matter what our differences, we sink or swim together. That's how it seems to be everywhere else. They take care of each other - no matter what their disagreements. You know when we see a good idea from another country, we grab it. If they build a better car, we drive it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. So if they have come up with a better way to treat the sick, to teach their kids, to take care of their babies, to simply be good to each other, then what's our problem? Why can't we do that? They live in a world of WE, not ME. We'll never fix anything until we get that one basic thing right. And powerful forces hope that we never do - and that we remain the only country in the western world without free, universal healthcare. You know - if we ever did remove the choke-hold of medical bills, college loans, daycare and everything else that makes us afraid to step out of line, well, watch out...[emphasis mine]

This is right in line with my previous post about the phony populism of Republicans: their only agenda is serving the priorities of their true constituency: the rich. I might add that the Democrats are little better in this regard: they just serve the interests of different rich people than the Republicans do.

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