Ok, I’ve been away from blogging for awhile, so I thought I should write something, just to keep my hand in. Here it is:
Obama messed up somewhere along the way to the Affordable Care Act. For those of you who thought you’d never hear it from a liberal and a Democrat, there it is. Yes, he did promise that “if you like what you have you can keep it”. No, that’s not true, apparently. Many people (it doesn’t really matter what percent of people here — 1 person would be enough) had their rates go up. Many people weren’t able to keep their old, beloved plans.
Oh, yeah. The website didn’t work well either.
Does this mean President Obama is a liar? Actually, by definition, yes. He is a person who told lie. Is that the core of his being? I don’t think so, though I suppose that’s yet to be seen. All in all, he seems like a fairly straightforward man. I think he believes in America and its people and I think he believes in The System. He is a politician, for all of the good and bad that entails.
Does any of this surprise you?
Does any of this make him the most evil, vile, crooked, Muslim, foreign-born, anti-American person, steal-your-guns-and -take-away -your-rights person ever? No. It makes him human — a human politician. Remember when we thought that all politicians — or most of them, anyway, were human? Obama’s one of those. He’s not a demagogue. He’s not a demi-god, either.
If the rest of the politicians out there would act the same way, rather than as though their words were larger-than-life, we might get somewhere. Political posturing and litmus tests, far right and far left newscasts have made us a nation of people who can’t tolerate mistakes in our politicians. We often sound like the Queen from Alice In Wonderland — “Off with their heads!”. The politicians we have elected (hopefully, this will change after this most recent election, but I doubt it) play to our insanity. It doesn’t have to be this way.
We can start by acknowledging when “our” people disappoint us as well as when they don’t. We can show that we can think for ourselves and not follow the party line as our own. This is my step in that directon.
Now let’s fix Obamacare as people, not labels.