Imagine being very, very sick. Your chest hurts, you can’t catch your breath and every step feels like your last. With shaking hands, you dial 911 and, before long, you’re doing the emergency room thing.

Too bad, because the hospital you’re in has a dispute going on. Two groups of doctors, each having its own approach to patient treatment, are locked in a bitter struggle for prominence. No matter what one group does to provide patient care, the other group steps in to stop. The way the obstructionists see it, better patients should die than allow the caring group to look good. Outrageous, isn’t it. Except the very same strategy guides today’s Republican politics. The people don’t matter. The country doesn’t matter. Only beating Obama and gaining control of the government matters.

The poor don’t matter, either; nor does the middle class, or hungry children, education, pollution, financial regulation, women’s reproductive rights or even voting rights. Nothing matters but winning. That is why I wake up every day anxious to talk to anyone who will listen about the perils our nation faces from people who wrap themselves in the flag, carry a cross and who don’t give a damn about anything but themselves.

The people of America deserve better and unless we get better our democracy will be on life support.

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Comments
  1. Kurt says:

    I was under the impression democracy in America died the day Tom Corbett signed Pennsylvania’s voter suppression bill.
    No?

    • Brian McCabe says:

      17 states have voter suppression laws. That not withstanding, democracy in the truest sense of the word, hasn’t existed for a long, long time. If it did, we would have one man one vote, public funding of elections, taxes on church owned property, severe restrictions on lobbying and legalized pot (just kidding, I think).

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