Does any in the congregation of this Church of Rip Van Winkle honestly believe that other people might see them as offering some viable alternative; that a government led by some latter day reincarnation of Tom o’ Bedlam might lead them out of the sea of bewildered confusion in which they find themselves? They’re like time-travellers desperately trying to get back to their version of 1950 and determined to take everyone with them. Teevee coverage of the Tea Partiers (shouldn’t that be anti-Tea?) arriving at that Nevada town where they’ll presumably offer up all sorts of criticisms and no sorts of solutions was a bit telling. Feller they interviewed had driven all the way from somewhere or other in a 1955 something, a thousand miles or so. Betcha a Focus to a Hyundai that he complained about the price of gas all the way.
There’s a couple of things I’d like to suggest. To those people carrying the signs that read: In GOD we TRUST not government I’d suggest they might like to try living for a couple of years in some country or other where an Ayatollah is in supreme charge. Same god so you can trust him, just a different name for his representative.
And for those out there who say that no-one should be forced to have health care; well fair enough; don’t buy it. But put your convictions where your rhetoric is and at all times carry a little plastic card informing any would be Samaratin that in the event of you becoming dangerously ill you decline to be a burden on anyone by receiving treatment of any sort where any form of subsidy might be involved – and of course tell your wife and kids that they have to do the same. That way you can die a champion of free choice and the rights of man and you won’t have cost anyone a brass razoo.
Burial might be a bit of a problem though. Rules about disposal of the dead are pretty strict – government gone mad again.