God, thank you Stephen Colbert for mocking this troubling narrative about how Tom Daschle’s resignation means the end of any hope for universal health care. Yeah, I’m not surprised the mainstream media went after that, following closely on the heels of Fox News pushing the hell out of this story. I’ve been insanely busy with putting together podcast stuff, so I haven’t seen if the bloggers are picking up this narrative, but if they are, I hope they consider this one salient fact:
That’s what they want you to believe.
“They” in this case is the conservative establishment who wants to demoralize the people who want to save this country before we even start to try. “They” may even be nominal Democrats who don’t have the stomach for the fight and want to give up without even trying. If Tom Daschle was our sole hope of getting this done, then we had no hope to begin with, because an effort like universal health care requires more than one person.
Few things expose the farcical nature of American politics like the ridiculous health care debate. There should be no debate—it’s a travesty that we’re basically the last fully developed nation in the world that basically lets a fifth of its citizens fuck off and die because they can’t cough up a few years salary at a moment’s notice to pay for health care. It’s ridiculous that we can’t even pull it together to save our own skins by making sure that we can’t even engage in preventive health care that saves us all health risks and money, because we begrudge our neighbors the basic right to good health that much. And it’s more than a little suspicious that our mainstream media has decided a priori that passing health care will be so controversial that we need a savior to do it, and oops, too bad, that savior’s gone. Tee hee. Just remember, say it enough and it’s true. No matter how much this nation is hurting for universal health care, and no matter how popular the plan to make sure everyone is covered will be, the media’s going to make sure that Democrats are misled into believing that it’s a fight they can’t win and shouldn’t even try.
So the question I have for Pandagonians is this: Why?