Fort Smith Arkansas border street: On the OK side? This is tornado country! On the Arkansas side? Meh.
To be clear: the street was directly on the border. The north side? No shelters. The south side? Shelters.
Did Oklahoma offer tax breaks for building shelters? (Yes, but…) Do Arkansas people realize that they aren’t going into that hail just to get to an outdoor shelter? “We’ll just fire a few warning shots, shake our fists at the air, stay away from trailer parks, and lie in a ditch anyway.”
If this bigotry had occurred in [insert arbitrary name of state here], then I wouldn’t think twice about posting it without an explanation, but it occurred in Oklahoma, and I used to live there. I met some good people in Oklahoma. Have no doubt that I respect them.
When people say things like, “This is a Christian nation. 92% of Americans believe in God, so atheists should be quiet” they are saying a hateful thing. If you don’t recognize that as hate speech, then try this version on for size: “This is a [insert arbitrary skin color here] nation…”
“Now the argument that America is a ‘Christian nation’, created by Christians for Christians and traditionally, therefore rightly, dominated by a Christian majority, could just as easily be extended to calling America a ‘white male nation’ and a demand to once again disenfranchise women and minorities. I’m sure we could find a biblical basis for that, as was done in the past, as well as plenty of precedent in law, so long as we went back before the 20th century for our rhetoric” … “No difference in the basic bigoted impulse, or the structure of the argument.” – Bruce Springsteen, Lawrence KS,
SOMA listserv, 2007-08-06
My interest in this video is not religious; if it inspires anyone to recognize and confront their own prejudices, then that is a very good thing.
So, with all that out of the way, “enjoy” the film.
My how things have changed since I wrote this essay in 2009. Governor Romney pandered to the voters in the 2012 Presidential Election—by continuously insulted the President of the United States for adopting a national health care plan—that is almost exactly like Governor Romney’s plan for Massachusetts. Massachusetts’ plan works, and Romney knows it; that’s why he signed-it, and that’s why the United States adopted it.
Our country has adopted Governor Romney’s and Massachusetts’ health care plan, and Governor Romney pandered to the Republican voters by insulting the
Emergency rooms shouldn’t be free, but they must help everyone, and some never pay the bill. If a patient doesn’t pay her bill, then who ends up paying it? The hospital does at first, but ultimately we all do. As Shodan said, “If you are mandated to treat everyone whether they can pay or not, you have to charge those who pay more to cover for those who don’t.” We now have a national health care system without a detailed policy for those that cannot pay. The patients, the insurance companies, and the Physicians have little means of controlling those costs.
I was in poverty for many years. I am certainly not against care for the poor. Being “against” national health care is meaningless. We have had it for some time (whether we are talking about Medicaid, Medicare, or yes, those that simply don’t pay). The question is whether we want control over what is happening, or not, and “not” is just bad business.