I was arguing with Red tonight about universal health care. Not because I am opposed to it, but because I am opposed to her stance that she is absolutely right. I am actually in favor of the idea. What I am opposed to is how anyone can completely invalidate someone else's viewpoint.
I don't care how wrong they are, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. (As my old man always says, "Opinions are like assholes. Everybody has one, but no one wants to hear about yours.") I don't see how public health care will turn America into a Socialist state any more than public education has. But I would never say that anyone who does feel that way is completely wrong or unintelligent. Though quite frankly, I don't see how even Socialism is un-American.
I love that you can be a Socialist in America. I love that you can be a National Socialist in America. Not that I love Neo-Nazis. (I hate Illinois Nazis!) But I love the fact that you can be one. And if you argue that an ideology based on genocide is fundamentally wrong, not many people will deny that you are right. Yet no matter how right you are, you cannot insist that no one should think differently.
Lack of affordable health care options may or may not cause the fall of the American Empire, but there is a good chance that the divisive nature of partisan politics will. I don't care which side of the issue you line up on, but don't drink the Kool-Aid (even if it is a pretty shade of blue.) Stop pointing fingers. Join the Radical Middle!