Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Right Thing To Do

Roger Ebert, yeah him, the film critic, provides some excellent, emotional, answers to those that oppose health care reform. Read it at his blog here.

He believes that "universal health care is, quite simply, right. It is a moral imperative. I cannot enjoy health coverage and turn to my neighbor and tell him he doesn't deserve it."

He ends with a biblical quote (Matthew 25: 31-46), something more of the party of "NO" should thing about, and the following video.

Universal health care is not only a right, but it is the right thing to do.

Too bad "right" also is used for conservative thinking. It is so often wrong instead of right.


  1. Really, Jerry, what is it about the Repubs being "right"? When exactly have they been right, as a group, from the moral POV? I can't think of a single issue where the GOP has been right. It's the party of the perpetual wrong.

    Moreover, they consistently preach one thing, but do exactly the opposite. The family values, for example, or fiscal responsibility (yeah, G. W. Bush), or following God's word (sure, like health care only for the rich, or invading foreign countries) and so on.

    Perpetually wrong.

  2. Jerry, you may enjoy Bill Maher's take on why the party of Right is wrong. (Or at least one of the reasons.)

  3. Why is it that people like Bill Maher and Jon Steward, just to name a couple, seem to have a better take on the news than real newspeople?

  4. I think with Obama in office things are going to change. It is sad the way things are now.

  5. Jerry, maybe because they have more freedom to tell it like it is. They started as stand-up comedians (most of them), already poking fun at the status quo. Now they just have a larger platform and audience.

    BTW, isn't it the role of the court jester to make fun of the king? And he is the only one, usually, allowed to do it with impunity.

    This may be a safe (for the rulers') way to permit venting of the public's frustration without doing anything to change the sorry state of political and other affairs. People laugh and snicker -- and go home, feeling relieved rather than angry.

    And nothing changes.

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