A GOP Numb Skull Visits the Clinic
A couple of days ago, I saw some statistics indicating that healthcare is the No. 1 issue on the minds of the American people today. Those Americans who vote can thank their Republican politicians for the high and often unaffordable cost of healthcare. Congressional Republicans are OWNED by the big insurance companies, large hospital corporations, and huge pharmaceutical companies. These companies have a vested interest in taking every dime in your bank account in exchange for you avoiding a one-way trip to the cemetery.
The people who vote for these Republican politicians are always outraged over government taxation. However, they often have no outrage at all toward these same Republican politicians who make it possible for the American healthcare industry to steal nearly everything they own through outrageously high monthly insurance premiums, insanely high hospital costs ($30.00 for one Band-Aid), and depraved prescription medication costs. Let me give you just one close-to-home example on the depraved medication costs.
My dad was a Type 1 diabetic in 1964. He needed a daily insulin injection just to stay alive. When I was a kid, I had to walk downtown in my small southern city to buy his insulin at a drugstore. The cost for a one-week supply was about $4.00, and my dad paid for it easily out of his own pocket—no big deal. (He was a minimum wage employee in those days.) Recently, I ran that cost through an inflation calculator program to see what the normal inflationary rise in product costs would be for insulin between the year 1964 and 2018. The cost for a one-week supply of injectable insulin should be only about $34.00 in 2018.
Do you know how much insulin actually costs per week in the United States today—again this is per week mind you—without health insurance? It is about $800 per week or $3,200 per month. This is the kind of trouble families without health insurance face in the United States. I hope you will bear that outrageous cost in mind when you enter the voting booth in November 2018—because it is just about as bad for numerous other everyday prescription medications.
You see. The problem is not just President Donald J. Trump and his evil alone—although he is one huge, evil problem. The real problem is the all-pervasive evil that the entire Republican Party happily underwrites daily in this country—and with nearly zero compassion for the American people. The high cost of insulin (and other prescription medications) is just one example of this Republican depravity. Health insurance premiums are so high that soon—-neither you nor your employer will be able to afford them. What are you going to do when your monthly insurance premiums are eating up half of your paycheck? Do you ever think about that? Worst of all, healthcare costs are only a tiny fraction of this widespread evil and near absence of compassion for the American people—which are so characteristic of the modern Republican Party. If you vote for any Republican in the November 2018 election, you will be a personal accomplice in the continued commission of this evil and huge numbers of other evils just like it—and even far worse when you consider the continuing GOP failure to address man-induced global warming.
Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals have been so blinded by Satan that they no longer care about all the massive evils their Republican Party is foisting on the American people and our country—either by action or by just looking the other way. They see only two issues—issues of their own definition—abortion and LGBTQ civil rights. Satan holds those two issues up before fundie eyes just like two dog treats—and just like a dog—all other concerns fade away in their presence. In a dog’s mind, those two treats—and getting them—are the most important things in the entire universe. Nothing else outside of them exists except those two dog treats. So it is with today’s Christian fundamentalists and conservative evangelicals. Everything else can just go to Hell in a hand basket—and it will if you vote for Republican candidates in the November 2018 election.
Sure. If you vote for Republicans, you might prevent a hardware store from selling a wood screw to a gay man. That might even be fun for you. But by the same token, the parents of a sick child may be unable to purchase the medication that keeps their child alive. Why? It is because those same Republicans will either support outrageously high medication costs or simply refuse to do anything about them. So, which is more important to you and that wood screw? Is it screwing the gay man at the hardware store or screwing the sick child? That is the choice each American must make when he or she steps into a voting booth in November 2018. Personally, I support the sick child and making her medical costs affordable—and I plan to vote that way.
No. Just as it says in the “About” section of this blog, I am not a registered Democrat. I am an Independent voter who cares compassionately for the American people—just as Jesus does. That is how I vote because I care about social outcasts and those Jesus calls “the least of these.” How many times do I have to say it? In the eyes of the ancient Roman establishment, Jesus of Nazareth and his disciples were social outcasts.
So sad to say, the Republican Party of today is not the same as the kinder and more understanding Republican Party your Christian or nonChristian parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents voted for in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. It has changed radically. This radical change began via the engineering of people like Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) in the year 1994. It waxed even worse in 2010 with the election of rabid southern Tea Party radicals to the U.S. Congress. Sadly, many Americans seem to be unaware of the radical changes that have occurred in the Republican Party since 1994. They seem to think every Republican candidate today is some mild-mannered version of Thomas E. Dewey, the Republican Governor of New York who ran for President against Harry S. Truman in 1948. Nothing could be further from the truth. The modern Republican Party has evolved into a radical, right-wing-extremist monster that specializes in either supporting or ignoring a wide range of evils that threaten everyday Americans and their families.
You—yes—you personally—can stop a lot of this evil dead in its tracks by voting for anyone else but a Republican in November 2018. All of this Republican evil will continue if you fail to go to the polls and vote. You have to get fired up and vote against Republicans to begin putting an end to this evil. It will not end overnight, but if we all keep after it, the American people will one day win and keep the victory permanently.
If you are a rare, compassionate, and devoted Republican who really does care for those Jesus called “the least of these,” and you want to chase away all of this evil too—including Trump’s evil, the best thing you can do is just stay at home and do not vote in November 2018. As the 17th century devout Christian and poet John Milton said about service to God in one of his sonnets:
They also serve who only stand and wait.
I know a compassionate, long-time moderate Republican like you or Senator Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) would never dream of voting for an Independent or a Democrat to chase away all of this evil that has taken over your party in recent decades—evil like Trump and other evils just as bad. (Note: Senator Corker is retiring from the U.S. Senate to escape from the evil things his own party has become in the White House and U.S. Congress.) However, as a moderate Republican like Senator Corker, you too can do one thing to serve Jesus and common decency in the November 2018 election. Just avoid the voting booth. Stand all day at home or work—and wait until election day is over. This will be your one legitimate service to Jesus on election day. They also serve who only stand and wait.