Health Care Reform
You have probably heard that Congress just passed their Health Care Reform Bill. There are many people upset about the bill. Whether you support or oppose the bill, there is one thing I would ask of you. Please shut the hell up.
In general, I am in favor of rational discussion of political proceedings. The problem with the health care issue is that the rational part is missing from the discussion. People are screaming about all sorts of things. There have been attacks on Democratic head quarter buildings. People are being threatened.
The media isn't helping matters. They treat it as if it were a tornado. In almost every video clip on the news, they seem to find the most inbred, illiterate, paint-chip aficionado to interview. It makes it look like the country is on the verge of civil war. I suppose that is possible in many places, but here in Iowa, most people are fairly calm about it, though we do have our share of extremists.
So, here's the deal. If you would like to read the bill in its entirety and then sit down to discuss quietly the various points therein, I'll be happy to engage you in your talk. If, however, you want to chant slogans from the last rally you saw on television or repeat something you think you heard someone say on the radio, I'm going to label you a moron. Keep in mind that I consider morons to have more value as mulch than as breathing things.
Since I don't expect anyone to take me up on my offer regarding the "read it in its entirety" thing, I'll just assume that everyone should shut up about it. If the extremists on both sides keep shouting and working themselves up, it won't be long before we do have a civil war. That's not good, because it means I have to cut into my nap time to kill everybody on both sides. I would rather have my nap.