Sunday, July 19, 2009

Autogoogling Health Care

In the heath care debate presently before the body politic, before anyone expresses an opinion, either in support, against, or offering an alternative, they should state the answer to two questions:

1. What sort of heath care program do you currently have?

2. Have you, someone in your family, or someone you know closely been faced with a major medical expense or ongoing, constant expense?

Stating the answer to these two questions, up front, before anything else is said, colors everything that comes after. Once I know that, I know what baggage the opinion brings.

For instance: While I don't know who or how much a U.S. senator or his family has suffered a medical catastrophe, I know the senator has a rather good heath care program – all government employees do. I take this into consideration whenever I hear a senator or representative issue statements on the current heath care packages.

Anyone who has faced today's medical expenses with a heath care program that has protected everything else of value knows that heath care insurance is essential for a normal lifestyle. That is if anyone thinks leaving anything to their children is normal, or even having children is normal. Their opinion as compared to someone who has never had or needed much heath care would be quite different in regards to universal heath care.

I don't think wealth is a major factor since medical expenses today can drain even the largest of holdings in a very short period. We are all in the same boat as far as to the impact of expenses. What separates us is our ability to buy the insurance or access to a group plan.

And that's the sort of information that should be on the table for all to see before an opinion is ever issued. This self declaration needs a name, like the health care declaration or testament, or personal spin or disclosure, or how about autogooling heath care.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Jesus Was A Liberal

Conservative Bias (2) was going to the title of this post, but when I stumbled on "Jesus was a liberal", I had to go with that – and add this blog to the 7.1 million Google results.

While Liberal Bias is an oxymoron, Conservative Bias is way too true.

For Conservative Bias believes half truths are sometimes better than whole truths -- especially if the truths involved are of the emotional kind. Race, country, and religion are prime areas where half truths are preferred to the point of fighting and killing to whole truths even when the whole truth is the complete opposite of the cause for which all the fighting and killing was done.

For example:

Accepting the benefits of science even to the point of exploiting and capitalizing on discoveries and yet rejecting the science of evolution entirely.

Co-opting history and turning what is a liberal war, The American Revolution, into some kind of conservative benchmark.

Claiming to be the first. Is it really true that Americans of European and Native American descent are more closely related than either to the Kennewick Man? And while Kennewick Man is related to people in the West (from America's point of view), Clovis technology appears related to that of the East. Who were the first? Half-truths allow many to claim it, but science does not substantiate it.

Every Arab carries the Crusades on his shoulder like some kind of chip while either overlooking or gushing with exaltation the conquest of Islamic based empires in which the term "convert or die" was a catch phrase.

The Christians' founder was crucified by religious intolerance, and yet they are past masters in its practice. (Pass judgment on the least of my children and you pass judgment on Me. Seems many a self-righteous Christian is standing in the courtyard calling for Barabbas – without truly realizing it.) And to top it off, Jesus was a liberal. He was eat up with liberal bias. So many of the rightwing nuts, extremist for the conservative cause, cling to that good old time religious. (Woops! Wasn't that an Obama gaffe?) At any rate, it was all founded by a liberal. Who would of thought?

Jesus was ("is" – depending on your belief) a liberal. Is that like that what kind of car would Jesus drive thingy from a few years back?

Wow! I seemed to have gone off course, but the way it is with half-truths

The punch line in Colbert's mockery that truth has a liberal bias is the truth within it. In fact, if the term "liberal bias" is not an oxymoron, it is a synonym for truth. It has to be by the shear definition of terms. (Click the oxymoron link above for more on this.)

And Conservative Bias is a lie, but it's for a good cause, so that makes it justifiable – or so they claim.