On Birthers, Socialism, Bob Dylan, and the American Way

29 Sep

Bob Dylan’s song “Talkin’ John Birch Paranoid Blues” (lyrics here) gets, I think, into the motivations of those referred to as “birthers.” Those who are going to great lengths to disclaim President Obama’s citizenship, those who want their country back (warning! Link goes to Daily Kos! (it’s still a good article, but I know of many in the ‘sphere who object to their practices)). That all-consuming fear of the ZOMG!Red Menace lurking around every damn corner, leading to carrying guns at town-hall meetings, bears a certain resemblance to becoming so wrapped up in the character in Bob Dylan’s song’s conviction of the socialism of Betsy Ross, the woman who, in popular USian folklore, sewed the first American flag (red stripes and all).

And this shit needs to stop. Calling the president a socialist doesn’t make you insightful, or politically aware, or whatever. It just makes you look like a willfully ignorant fool that doesn’t understand your ass from your elbow. The Declaration of Independence (henceforth referred to as the D0I) signed on July 4, 1776, by representatives from each of the thirteen colonies, an important document in the history of democracy, cites the unalienable right of life to all humans (men in the parlance of the time). While the DoI is not legally binding, it is a part of our philosophical legacy that I believe President Obama is attempting to enforce with his bid for “socialized medicine.” Universal healthcare is not the Red fucking Menace, nor is it the end of the world. From January 1 to September 1 of this year, I was one of the millions of people in the United States without health insurance. I had the  fortune to not need healthcare during that time, and thereby avoided accruing huge debts, but many don’t. Many go through chronic pain, or go to extreme lengths to avoid medical debt (for the love of FSM, click through and read the whole damn thing. Here, I’ll post the link again.) The healthcare system in the United States needs a significant overhaul, and while a good half of the political blogs I read have mentioned this, I’m going to bring the statistics out. Per person, medical expenses are much smaller in countries employing UHC, and yet USians have paltry care in comparison. And yet people are still arguing that welfare programs are sufficient. And yet people are dying because they can’t get access to heathcare. Because it isn’t fucking affordable. And yet, the cultural narrative of decrying “socialism” is continued. God fucking bless us all.

EDIT: If any of the links or the video at the top aren’t working properly, let me know in comments.

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One Response to “On Birthers, Socialism, Bob Dylan, and the American Way”

  1. JimmyBean October 1, 2009 at 3:03 am #

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

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