First, the PPACA (aka Obamacare)...
I'm not an expert on it. With that in mind, it would make no sense for me to present a passionate argument for or against it. There's a lot about it I simply don't know, and I'm a firm believer in operating within my personal limitations of knowledge. Unfortunately, not everyone who comments on social media shares my sentiment on personal limitations, because Obamacare (and the whole government shutdown fiasco) has brought out a special breed of stupid on social media, where people generally don't allow a lack of knowledge to get in the way of a voiced opinion. If nothing else, Obamacare has brought toothless rednecks and evangelicals into levels of harmony never before imagined, because both groups are saying the same things, spreading the same false information, being duped by the same chain emails and ridiculous Facebook memes.
While I can't tell you everything Obamacare is, I can tell you a few things it is not: it's not government healthcare (unless you're among the very poor or a senior - the rest of us will get healthcare through an employer or a private policy through a state exchange, or pay a fine), it's not socialism (if it were, we'd all be signing up for Medicare), it's not communism (seriously?). A few things I know it to be: it's a free-market plan (with minimal regulations, which infuriates a lot of "liberals"), it's nearly identical to the plan Mitt Romney implemented in the state of Massachusetts as Governor, and an identical twin at most and kissing cousin at least to all of the various healthcare plans pondered and formulated by both parties over the last two decades in response to the Clinton plan proposed in the early 90s. The thing is, in the era of that super-smart Tea Party, with Mr. Black McDarkman in the White House, well, it puts blinders on people and brings out the stupid, not to mention all of the repressed ugliness that stews just beneath the surface for a lot of people - especially rural, uneducated people.
The way it's played on social media is both fascinating and troubling. People who know nothing, whatsoever, about the details of it, yet are willing to argue it to the death. To argue something you have no knowledge of not only shows ignorance, but also a lack of depth - the "cheering for the jersey" level of sports fan politics I've written about in the past. It's kinda like the people who call Obama a Muslim or refer to the Civil War as the War of Northern Aggression - I can generally write you off as stupid, willfully ignorant, or biased beyond ability to reason. It's fine to have an opinion, but an uninformed opinion is ignorance, and to broadcast an uninformed opinion is to spread ignorance like an STD. Do us all a favor and practice either safe opinions or opinion abstinence.
I haven't even gotten to the paranoia yet. I'm like a magnet for conspiracy theorists (not that I push any buttons or anything) and my newsfeed reads like World Net Daily and the National Inquirer had a baby on my Facebook. The following is a status update from last week. It's a real status someone posted, which was shared numerous times and "liked" many more...
So, apparently the National Park Police are stationed and patrolling the entire length of the C&O Canal (184 Miles) to keep bicyclists and pedestrians from using the trails. I wonder how many there are along that path under normal circumstances?
The National Park Service closed the parking lots near the PRIVATELY OWNED Mt. Vernon Estate today. I wonder how many officers, maintenance workers, or other personnel are required to keep parking spaces open as opposed to the number of man hours required to prepare and install the barricades and signs?
Our government has gone MAD!
The National Park Service also closed the camp grounds here in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park...they were FULL of PAYING GUESTS. According to the local news the park is now LOSING $40,000 PER DAY between camping fees, concessions, and donations typically collected during this time of year.
In other news...Air Force One is still gallivanting all over the country. Obama is still making public speeches requiring local and federal police and costly security measures.
READY CAREFULLY - THIS IS DELIBERATE! The goal of this administration seems to be intentionally driving the people to rise up. Van Jones, a former member of this administration and close confidant of this president, said it with his own mouth...the strategy is top down, bottom up revolution...and the administration must take advantage of every crisis in order to enact this plan. When the people rise up against the administration they are given an "excuse" to crush the uprising. It seems to me they are deliberately attempting to anger the people...and they're succeeding.
We MUST be careful to gauge our response. As easy as it would be to become belligerent and confrontational it would be playing directly into their hands.
I mean, really, how do you deal with that kind of stupid and paranoia? These people literally believe that Obama is evil (maybe even the anti-Christ) and wants to kill them, needing only an excuse. They literally believe they're watching Revelation begin to play out at the hands of the Muslim, socialist, communist, ni...err, Obama.
Obamacare may prove to be a great thing for our society. It may be a trainwreck. We won't really know until it's been around for a couple of years. We rank 47th in the world in healthcare (according to the World Health Organization), so a revamping of our healthcare system is/was desperately needed. Whether this is the right one remains to be seen, but at least it's something. Let's just not get all stupid about it either way.
Next, The Tea Party...
These dumbasses are gonna be the end of us all. A movement with ignorance as its very lifeblood. People who know little about anything, yet are mad at everything, especially Mr. McBlackguy in the White House. They're 99% of who I'm speaking of in the above paragraphs - clueless as to the issues, but dedicated to doing something about the issues that they know nothing about. We're talking about people who made Sarah Palin their champion a couple of years ago. Yes, the woman so intellectually challenged that when SNL spoofed her 08 interview with Katie Couric they didn't even have to write anything. They used her own words verbatim. Seriously. Smart people, these Teabillies.
Here are a couple of examples...
With the level of information available in our society today, there's no excuse for people to have no idea what they're talking about, to be mad but have no clue what they're mad about, and still demand their opinion receive respect. I don't respect it. If you don't know what you're talking about, maybe the best course is to shut the hell up and learn something - maybe even from that evil, liberal media!
Don't make a religion out of delusional Americanism.
Politicians and preachers are much the same. When they speak to your emotions it's time to guard your wallet.
My position hasn't changed. No amount of "but it worked ok for us!" will change it - so please stop trying. Homeschooling is a valid and positive educational option when done in the right way and for educational, not religious, reasons. If you homeschool for religious reasons you're poisoning your children, likely to leave them emotionally challenged, sometimes academically deficient, paranoid, superficial religious addicts who think they can put a Jesus mask on anything and make it ok. The real world will devour many of them, not because of the real world being "evil", but because of your children being unequipped to deal with it. When things don't go according to the formula, just like you, they'll have no answers, because you will have "educated" into them a lack of answers. Those who survive will probably do so with many scars, the majority of which will come from the realization that they'll have to flee the paradigm to have any chance to be happy and healthy, and from the inhumane manner in which you'll treat them when they do. You can't begin to fathom the strength of those who escape your paradigm.
You probably made the choice to homeschool from fear - which means you lost before the game even started. You've been duped by people who've spoken directly to your fears and made a lot of money off of people just like you. You should stop. Your children will thank you. Society will thank you.
Next, Liberty University...
I rambled a bit about Liberty last year. Nothing has moved the needle on my opinion since, but an exchange with some Liberty students did actually make my position more concrete if anything. I made the same charge as in the linked ramble, and was met with excuses such as "Liberty brings in people from ALL faiths and backgrounds" et cetera. So, I urged the students to do the math, as I'm urging you. If you look at the guest speakers Liberty brings in, yes, their faith and backgrounds are extremely diverse...but...they all have ONE distinct common denominator. Can you guess what it is? I'll give you a hint: conservative politics. Yet, the school maintains its slogan of "Training Champions For Christ", so, when you look at what Liberty says, and then at what Liberty does, well, it ain't too hard to get to the bottom of it. The math just doesn't work, and no amount of wanting it to work will make it work. The essence of the school is hypocrisy. They wear a Jesus mask to promote a political platform. I'm sure Jesus appreciates it.
Finally, for those who ask how I'm doing...I'm doing great. Life is full. My inspiration has been in areas other than writing, and I'm fine with that as long as there's inspiration somewhere. Life is passion. Passion is life.