23 March 2010

Twitter Assassins - Another Open Letter to the USA

Dear The United States of America,

Hi again.  I didn't hear back from you after my last letter, but I thought I would drop you another line anyway.  How are you doing?  I'm great.  Things have never been better.

I was reading on Boingboing today that a couple of your countrymen are being investigated by the FBI or some such organisation for allegedly posting death threats on twitter in response to the health care reform that will guarantee health insurance for all United Statians.  It seems that many of your countrymen would very much like to see your president, Barack Obama, murdered for making statements like "Whether or not you have health insurance right now, the reforms we seek will bring stability and security that you don't have today.  This isn't about politics. This is about people's lives. This is about people's businesses. This is about our future." 

One of the boys is a young African American, which strikes me as particularly confusing given that the majority of both the prison population and the unemployed in your nation are African American, who make up 40% of the prison population and who, at 14.8%, had the highest unemployment rate in 2009. (source - United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics - Current Population Statistics report on employment rate by race as current for 23/03/2010)

The health care reform proprosal seems really quite sensible to me.  I mean, lowering costs, ending pre-existing condition discrimination, ending the culture of coverage denial that has become such a prevalent practise that they make sitcoms and romcoms about it.  Hell, John Grisham has made a fortune writing legal thrillers using your Health Insurance industry as the villain.  It has become the most recognised feature of your health insurance system.  So why would you not want it changed?

I can not get my head around wanting to kill someone because they wrote a law saying that no matter what your life circumstances are, you are entitled to receive medical treatment for illness or injury. I mean seriously, do the people that oppose this genuinely believe that they will never be unemployed? Will never go bankrupt? What about college students? And what do they think they are going to do if their HMO declines their claim and they run out of assets to mortgage?

It makes absolutely no sense to me. Thank the fictional invisible magical gender-neutral nondenominational deity that I live in Australia (thank you Mr Whitlam), quite honestly. You USAtians may have a lot of great stuff about your country, but your compassion for the poor/unlucky/temporarily fiscally challenged and basic common sense are severely lacking.

Making sure that your citizens are fed, housed and healthy regardless of their income is not communism, it's compassion. Doesn't the christian bible that so many 'conservatives' proclaim as the central text of their religious beliefs say something about treating others the way you want to be treated? And loving all (wo)men, even if you don't like them?  Another fine example of how y'all only pay attention to the bits of the book that suit you?  Do you not see the problem we outsiders may have with this?

I can not for the life of me fathom the contradiction between the conservatives religion and the conservatives social policy.  No wonder everyone else hates you.  Your country has manipulated, undermined and appropriated land, resources and cultural heritage from all over the world in the name of liberty and justice, but you don't seem to even want them.  You certainly don't make use of them.  People in your country really would prefer to let their own cutural/demographic/regionial brothers and sisters die in a gutter because they are out of work than reform a broken and worthless health care system, a health care system that is the punchline of a joke, and a plot device to demonstrate compassion and standing up for yourself on Greys Anatomy.

How did a nation get to be so short sighted and terminally stupid?

Love always