conservatives for socialized medicine?


Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. *Steps on soap box*

    Notwithstanding (sometimes) legitimate criticisms regarding efficiency and expanded government control, I simply cannot fathom why purported conservatives remain so unshakable in their opposition to making affordable access to health care for all a greater priority than opposing “big government” (which they’d more or less forgotten how to do for most of the last decade, and continue to do vis-à-vis foreign policy. No fan of statistical research, I’ve no interest in crunching the numbers, but I cannot help wondering how much good, affordable health care we could have provided over the last decade, for millions of Americans, had we not found it so necessary to evict a perfectly harmless (to us, anyhow) tyrant on the Tigris.)

    I’m, quite obviously, a dyed-in-the-wool localist, and hold out hope that, somehow, some way, some day, a localist (partial) solution to our health care crisis exists, but, for now, can’t we, as you advocate, depoliticize this issue, recognizing that matters of basic health must take precedence over grossly exaggerated concerns about “socialized medicine”

    *Steps down*Report

  2. Avatar richard says:

    “Then again, I think the real thing to fear from government isn’t welfare services but the rise of a police state of some form or other, and the largely unchecked executive. ” e.d. kain

    although that is a concern i believe the danger to our democracy described below is far more dangerous and insidious.

    A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

    The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

    From bondage to spiritual faith;
    From spiritual faith to great courage;
    From courage to liberty;
    From liberty to abundance;
    From abundance to complacency;
    From complacency to apathy;
    From apathy to dependence;
    From dependence back into bondage.

    Scottish historian and philosopher Alexander Fraser TytlerReport

  3. Avatar richard says:

    i meant to add that that observation was made over two hundred years ago at the birth of our country.Report