It’s 9:30pm, I’m sitting at the computer, watching a 2″ box play the live CSPAN coverage of the House votes on the health care bill. It’s fascinating.
I’ve been torn on this all along. I don’t like the way this process happened, I don’t think it’s addressed some significant issues, I’m not convinced it will really be as budget-neutral as hoped, I wish it had been undertaken as a series of smaller, more understandable, more specific bills… yet the Democrats clearly ran on a platform to do this and clearly won. It’s their right to push forward and win the vote if they can. The Republicans won plenty of controversial votes in the Bush years, as was their right.
And the other thing that I can’t avoid: I detest the tone of the opposition. I detest the slurs, the hatred, the personal vitriol, the deep off-topic negativity that seems to form the front of opposition to this initiative. There are probably a lot of Americans out there like me; unsure, stuck in the middle, not real thrilled about this but not foaming at the mouth either. There are a lot of worthwhile principles hidden in the right’s protests against this bill, but they’re buried in a sea of illogical, irrational sludge that contributes nothing to bettering our country. If I had to choose, I’d have to side with the Democrats on this, if nothing else to deny justification and vindication of the methods of this opposition.
If this passes, I hope it works. If it doesn’t, I hope that result does not push what’s left of a national, rational discourse off the cliff for good.