So the Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare. I'm happy. I do wonder whether Roberts is basically betting that Obama will win again in November and is positioning himself to work with a possibly more liberal court in the future. While I think he's an ass, he's clearly not as bat-shit insane as Scalia and Thomas. (Then again, most people as bat-shit insane as Scalia are in padded rooms. Or on Fox News.)
But that's not about which I want to write. I have a theory related to the health care debate. It's not fully fleshed out but I think it's interesting. It deals with how we talk about the right to health care. I think we're phrasing it wrong and it hurts the cause of those of us who want a sane system, like all the rest of the civilized world.
When we talk about a right to health care, that's how we phrase it, as a right to health care. And that leads to two responses by the other side. One response is that of self-responsibility. People don't deserve health care, they need to earn it. (Left unexplained is why access to health care should be linked to the ability to earn income, as if the ability to earn income is the objective ultimate sign of general worthiness.)
The other response is the oddball one you get from Libertarians, in which a right to health care means slavery for doctors. If you're going to provide health care, then you'll have to force doctors to provide it.
It's that second response that started me thinking. Libertarians don't complain when the government provides law enforcement to protect their property ownership rights. Nor do they complain that the county may certify surveyors and maintains a records office to document some of those property rights. And why not? Because no one says there's a
right to a records office. Instead, there's a right to buy and own property. A records office is merely a government provided service to enable folks to pursue the ownership of property.
Why don't we look at health care in the same way? We should be talking about a right to pursue good health, with access to health care being an enabling service. After all, health care providers don't hand out health. My doctor can't make me be healthy. All he can really do is provide advice, expertise, and tools to help me keep myself healthy. Maybe we should stop talking about the enabling service as being the actual
right. After all, a right to pursue good health fits into two of the three pieces of
life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
And, it also puts the proper focus on self-responsibility. Easy access to health enables people to actually be responsible for themselves. Again, health providers don't hand out health. They only provide advice, expertise, and tools which help other be responsible. Doctors can't cure my diabetes. But they can provide the tests and medications that help me control it. The onus is still on me. It's up to me to pursue good health. If folks really were concerned about self-responsibility, they would welcome easy access to health care as an enabler. Or, rather, as the removal of an excuse for any failures on my part.
Of course, there is no such thing as an objective right. We have whatever rights we as a society decide we have. Harsh, but true.
So, for which words does DHS look in order to mark sites as suspicious? Well, it's currently only available as scans of a handbook. But I've copied them to a PDF and will patiently wait for Google to OCR them into editable text. Hee hee hee!
Sometimes atheists joke that we can't wait for the Rapture to actually happen and take all the most annoying Christians away.
Personally, I'm waiting for Libertarians to
go Galt already and leave the rest of us to continue maintaining civilization. Seriously, go off somewhere, set up your Libertarian paradise, and stop suckling off the teat of the very social contract you claim to reject.
But no, it's whine whine whine about being subjected to a social contract to which they didn't consent, even though they're providing implied consent by staying within the society.
Just fucking leave already.
I posted this on Facebook, as a series of comments. I think it's good enough to be a blog post:
I don't know if I can take much more stupidity surrounding the Martin shooting. But here are some tips to avoid looking stupid:
(If I get any of these wrong, please tell me.)
1) Things like
Stand Your Ground are a defense, not a Not-Get-Arrested card. Think about it. How do we know Zimmerman reasonably felt threatened? Via sworn witnesses and other evidence. What's the forum for presenting that evidence? That would be a trial.
As long as there's enough evidence to get past a Grand Jury, he ought to be arrested. Zimmerman's disregard of the 911 operator and his own admitted chasing of Martin would bring enough doubt to his
Stand Your Ground defense to get past a Grand Jury.
2) That photo of Martin with his drawers hangin' low and giving the finger isn't him.
3) Even if that photo was of him, even if he's a bad, bad kid, it still doesn't matter. Unless Zimmerman has prior knowledge of that, it doesn't support his claims of reasonably fearing harm.
Innocent Until Proven Guilty isn't a general rule, it's a legal concept. You can't point to it if Zimmerman hasn't even been arrested yet. You can certainly say that you think people should reserve judgement, but me thinking and even saying that Zimmerman is probably racist scum looking for trouble isn't violating some
Innocent Until Proven Guilty right.
5) Arrest isn't the same as conviction. People are upset that Zimmerman hasn't been arrested. I don't think anyone is suggesting that he should be thrown in prison without trial.
(Now, afterwords, when people go fucking nuts that the case wasn't decided the way they think it should be and start talking about street justice, then you can complain about them.)
6) In the US, jails are typically where you hold folks before trial, if they weren't granted or couldn't make bail. Prisons are typically where they go if they're convicted. Saying you think Zimmerman should be in jail means you think he should have been arrested and not allowed bail. Saying you think he should be in prison means you think he should have been found guilty.
So, it's perfectly fine for me to say I think he should be in jail. But I wasn't there, so I can't say whether he should be in prison. (Pedantic, but important.)
And, let us not forget that Cresco is the Birthplace of Genius.
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So, the 400 richest Americans have seen their taxes cut in half over the past decade. And Republicans would rather have the country in default than actually raise those taxes.
And, every time I hear about the
400 richest Americans, I wonder if those 400 are worried about this:
If I were one of those 400, this would keep me awake at night.
No, wait, don't...
Okay, so Anthony Weiner pulled out instead of standing firm. (heh heh heh) Maybe now we'll stop being obsessed over it. But here are a few things I still don't understand:
It's none of your goddamn businessfrom the start? (See #1 above.)
I really hate the Tea Party and their idiot Tea-Baggers. Oh sure, I hate their politics, which are monumentally stupid, as well as racist. (How can anyone claim to be
taxed enough already in an era of historically low taxes? Seriously? How fucking stupid are these people? And then the President lowered theirs even more. Why don't they love him? Oh yeah, he's black. And a secret Muslin [sic].)
But what really ticks me off is the same thing that ticks me off about the movie The Replacements. See, whenever I want to search the web for info about the last great band, I get a bunch of results for a mediocre movie mixed in. (I'm assuming it's mediocre. After all, it stars Keanu Reeves.)
The same thing with these moranic [sic] Tea Party folks. Interested in the real Boston Tea Party? Make sure you stick
Boston in the query.
Or maybe you're interested in actual tea parties, where people drink tea and nosh on nummies? Good luck. I hope your little girl wasn't searching for the info.
Even the word
tea gets corrupted. Google does fine. But every time I try to find local tea lovers through something like MeetUp, I get results for the local band of political idiots.
But the worst thing? Whenever I'm searching for photos of innocent scrotal suckling, I get bombarded with images of heavy-handed tea-bagger politics and parody. It's just not right!
This is an old post from an old site, in the wake of the original decision, one that has just been reversed.
I'm pleased as punch with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals' recent decision that the words "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance violate the Constitution. It's plainly obvious that they do so, but our court system has always been scared to actually say so. While our poor excuse for a Supreme Court will certainly overturn this decision, it's good to know that there are at least two Federal judges left with some courage and integrity! Too bad Congress is full of cowards. Just because we haven't always had the strength of our convictions in the past, doesn't excuse that lack of strength today.
I'm painfully aware that most people disagree with me. But for the life of me, I don't understand why. I was trying to think of a way to explain what's wrong with the Pledge when I came up with this. Just replace the word "God" with the phrase "White Rule." This works for both the pledge:
"one nation, under White Rule, with liberty and justice for all"
As well as for the national motto, seen on currency among many other places:
"In White Rule We Trust"
The neat thing is that all the usual arguments for the inclusion of "God" still apply:
|Reasons to include "God"||Reasons to include "White Rule"|
|This is a Christian country and you had better just get used to it.||This is a white-ruled country and you had better just get used to it.|
|The majority of Americans are Christians.||The majority of Americans are white. |
(Still true as of the 1990 census.)
|It's not actually an endorsement of religion.||It's not actually an endorsement of racism.|
|It's merely an acknowledgment of our Christian heritage.||It's merely an acknowledgment of our white ruling heritage.|
|The founding fathers approved of the use of "God."||The founding fathers approved of white rule. |
(Quite explicitly, I might add.)
|We've always permitted the use of the term "God" before so we shouldn't stop now.||We've always permitted white rule before so we shouldn't stop now.|
|It doesn't specify a particular religion. |
(Well, it doesn't specify a particular monotheic religion
with a personified male deity.)
|It doesn't specify a particular white race. |
(It could be the Irish, or maybe the Norwegians.)
|Our nation's moral fiber has weakened ever since we took the concept of "God" out of our schools.||Our nation's moral fiber has weakened ever since we took the concept of "White Rule" out of our schools.|
|If you take "God" out of the pledge, next you'll be taking it off our currency. |
|If you take "White Rule" out of the pledge, next you'll be taking it off our currency. |
|Our founding fathers would be spinning in their graves if they knew we took "God" out of our government.||Our founding fathers would be spinning in their graves if they knew we took "White Rule" out of our government.|
If the arguments are the same and equally valid, then I guess it would be okay to include "White Rule" in both the Pledge and in the motto. Any of you Pledge supporters have a problem with that? Maybe now you're beginning to understand why the inclusion of "God" isn't a good thing in a society that has a diversity of citizens and claims to have freedom of religion.
The point here isn't to try to equate religion with racism. The point is that the Constitution provides protection against the government encouraging and endorsing both religion and racism. (Albeit through different mechanisms.) I think most people would agree that including "White Rule" in the Pledge and in the motto would violate the constitutional rights of non-white folks. However, if the arguments for the inclusion of "God" are valid, then they're also equally valid for "White Rule." The painfully obvious conclusion is that the arguments for inclusion are invalid and that the inclusion of "God" violates the Constitution.
Note that the issue here isn't whether religion is good or bad. The Constitution protects against government sponsorship of religion. The inclusion of "God" does constitute such sponsorship as surely as would the inclusion of "White Rule."
Frankly, I think the real problem here is that most Americans don't really believe in the First Amendment. Each of us tends to think that everyone one else should believe and act like they themselves do. I think that's a natural tendency, but one that we need to fight. The First Amendment is the cornerstone of our society. A diversity of beliefs and ideas is the very strength upon which this country was built. It's much more important than some shared religious view.