By: T.R. Slyder, TRSlyder@yahoo.com, AndyDisco on Twitter
I just read about a group of conservative liberals who would not vote for a Health Care bill with a public option. Why would anyone vote against something that you don't have to do?
If you offered me the "option" to drink gasoline and I accepted, that doesn't mean I have to drink gasoline. It means I have the option to drink gasoline if I choose to. Even if I don't wish to drink it, accepting the option to drink it does me no harm.
That's obviously a silly example since no one would choose to drink gasoline. Some options are not as black and white, but the point is that an option means exactly that- option. You don't have to if you don't want to. If it's dinnertime and you aren't very hungry and someone asks if you'd like the option to eat dessert, what have you got to lose by accepting the option? It's not forcing you to eat it if you don't want to. Conversely, if you decline the option then change your mind, you won't be allowed to have any dessert. Declining the option is illogical.
There are members of Congress who refuse to let Americans have an option that they do not have to take. Shouldn't they approve of the option and let us decide whether or not we want it? The irony is that the decliners of the public option are the ones telling us that our government is getting too big.
Update: (rant continued)
Furthermore, the entire disagreement is about facts. Nearly all of the dissenters dissent because of what they were lead to believe are facts. They think that the public option is socialist, that it includes a death panel and that it pays for abortions.
None of those are true.
So lets not blame the misled, lets blame those that mislead. Where is this information coming from? It's coming mostly from FoxNews and some from Rush Limbaugh. They disseminate the false information because it is entertaining and they are paid entertainers. Their listeners tune in looking to find fault with the Democrats' ideas and Fox and Rush provide them. They just aren't accurate.
So what's holding up health care for Americans that deserve it? The Profits of FoxNews and Rush Limbaugh. By spreading entertaining lies, they are getting wealthy and we are getting unhealthy. Healthcare reform is literally a matter of life and death.
But so what if Rupert Murdoch and Rush get rich and their influence grows bigger? At least the government is not getting bigger. That could lead to bad things.
I'm T.R. Slyder, and that's how you Tangueray.