You may have seen the Remote Area Medical project or something like it in a city near you. A two day free medical, vision and dental clinic set up in a high school where folks such as this lady in the picture have been in line, camping out since 5pm yesterday to get a number for the start at 6am today.
The National Guard was used for security to keep the peace and the 1,200 slots for today were taken by 3am.
The extensive local media coverage of “get your ticket and get in line” also serves the purpose of getting us accustomed to possible things to come, say food lines.
This is what America has become.
Trillions for bankers and the war machine but just the mention of universal health care for all brings on the cries of socialism, communism and whatever other term is in vogue for not taking care of our own.
Take a look at the Cost of War to the United States. Go the trade offs and see how your state or city could use all of the blood money being thrown around the world for the benefit of those at the top of the killing chain.
If we weren’t being robbed through taxation of our labor, I’d say millions of people would be glad to give a little more to some real charity causes that might lead to permanent help for the poor instead of just a few in a two day event. If our Congress and state legislatures weren’t bought by the insurance and pharmaceutical corporations, they just might come up with a health care system that didn’t bankrupt individuals and states. If our food production wasn’t corporate controlled and subsidized by their legislative friends and there was a focus on healthy foods instead of big profits, we could take a burden off of health care with a less poisoned population. Lots of ifs …..
The protests in Wisconsin are encouraging. Taking a cue from the Egyptians may seem odd but maybe the time has come for Americans to take their frustrations to the streets and capitols. These “step by step, inch by inch” moves to widen the gap between the rich and poor have to be confronted.
The right wing media shills who are whoring for the moneyed interests are blasting these protests as anti-American. They essentially are saying everyone has to pay his share as we all but a few must become poor together.
The fake ‘tea party’ is even having counter controlled opposition rallies against the union supporters. Obama and some of the dems give lip service to the unions but that’s just political maneuvering. It’s manipulation number 1 … divide and conquer. The ends of the two party game are the same … debt slavery and submission of the people.
Maybe we’re seeing a grassroots ‘blowback’ but it has to go beyond the personal pay and benefit cuts of this protest. It has to be aimed at the bankers, the shadow government, the war promoters and their media lackeys.
If we don’t, well … we all may be getting in line to get that pair of eyeglasses or a tooth fixed or that last loaf of bread. The powers that be like us to beg before we die.
But slowly we see the ‘elite’ worry that they are losing control. I tend to think their plans of ‘busting the people’ won’t be successful.
Americans arguing with Americans. Just what ‘they’ want to keep the focus off of the deeper criminal issues.
When the outcome is in doubt, always evoke the ghost of Reagan.