By Tom Keith
I had trouble sleeping last night after watching a segment of FOX News as the pundits laughed and joked about the shutdown of the federal government. These disgusting people find humor in the fact that millions are out of work, unable to pay their bills, potentially looking at bankruptcy, struggling to feed their kids….and yes, those hit by the shutdown are working-class people–not just federal employees–while those in congress continue to draw a paycheck.
What sickens me most is the conservative-Tea Party celebration of shutting down government, which was their plan all along since taking office in 2010, as part of an effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The centerpiece of their efforts is to assure that 60 million Americans who currently do not have access to basic health care continue NOT to have access to basic health care.
They celebrate the fact that people are financially incapable of receiving the basic tool of the pursuit of life and happiness..,.health care. The wealthy and well-off, like those on FOX, do not have these worries. When you have money, you can purchase whatever health plan you desire. And when you have wealth and health-care coverage, you live longer lives of greater quality.
So, when people like Michelle Bachmann make outrageous claims like “Obamacare kills people,” she literally has it backwards: those without any form of health-care coverage have shorter lives and more disease-ridden lives.
The claims of Tea Party conservatives are not just stupid and ill-informed, they are immoral! They heartlessly say to the poor and working class who cannot afford basic health care, “You don’t matter…your kids don’t matter…your views don’t matter…your lives don’t matter.”
While not being a Christian, I am drawn to Jesus’ admonition to help the poor and the sick. In the story of the good Samaritan and the warning to the rich man who wishes to enter heaven while retaining his wealth, Jesus constructs a powerful one-two punch against the greed, selfishness, and avarice present in today’s conservative who hypocritically also calls himself a Christian.
The orchestrated shut down of the government by the ultra-conservative branch of the House, along with the cheerleading of certain senators and Tea Party leaders is NOT funny. It is a disgusting display of mocking the poor and disadvantaged. If you are a Republican, you should share my outrage. Defending these cruel, selfish, unscrupulous people who are trying to hijack democracy in favor of Koch-brothers-styled oligarchy is to side with evil.