Since I’ve been informed my previous gchat status was “distracting” and also since there’s been a lot going on lately, I figured I should update the blog. I’ll have a reply to this long piece in the September Atlantic on — you guessed it — health care when I finish it, but for now, let me offer a little comment on this Joe Wilson kerfuffle.
In particular, I’ve heard a lot of comment lately about how rude and disrespectful the “LIE!” shout was — and indeed, it was those things — but I have to admit it’s actually Joe Wilson’s and the vast majority of Republicans’ (and some Democrats’ and Independents’) positions on health care reform that so gravely offend me. That many of our political officials and leaders would subjugate the legitimate need of tens of millions of Americans to ideology and short term political incentives is callous and disgusting. And with respect to the “lie” in question, the belief that someone who is not a citizen — but is indeed a human being — should be permitted to die or suffer as the consequence of being a political bludgeon is barbarous and unbefitting a nation comprised of people who bristle at even the suggestion of our own imperfection. Save your outrage for what matters.