In Hollywood thrillers, there is a turning point when the beleaguered hero stops being a victim, goes on offense and takes it to the attackers with a series of surprise moves they didn’t expect.
In America, the People aren’t there yet. We’re still being being outraged by the attacks from the far-right wing that controls Congress and the Whitehouse. McConnellcare, the so-called healthcare bill that just slithered out of the backroom of the Senate, is only one more outrage in a series.
At a local rally yesterday against the McConnell bill – just hours after it was announced a Senate vote had been delayed because there wasn’t enough support for passage – one of the speakers pleaded with the small group of attendees to “keeping calling your senators until we can declare a final victory.”
Defeating this bill is important, but it’s no victory and it’s certainly not final. We’ll still be left with a dysfunctional healthcare system that costs trillions while rationing care to all but the wealthy. And we’ll still have a government run by people who rule rather than govern.
The truth of the matter is that Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Donald Trump and their henchman don’t care about the People. They aren’t interested in the health and welfare of everyday Americans. They don’t care about the Republic or democracy. Our outrage is amusing to them – or at most, annoying and inconvenient.
They’re interested in power and money. They and their kind have fought 40 years to get into a position where access to both are almost limitless. And now that they’re there, they aren’t going to just give it up because the People are outraged.
This latest healthcare bill doesn’t seek to fix the healthcare system or reduce the deficit. It isn’t a competing vision that plays out over the next 10 or 20 years to make America better and healthier. Its authors aren’t bothering to explain its virtues or defend the economics behind it. Because there are none.
They wrote this bill because they can. They’re in charge and feel entitled to anything they can get away with. They want to hurt certain kinds of people and deliver more money to other kinds of people. They have shown this time and again, and I’ve quit trying to understand why. It’s enough that this is what they want and they believe they can get it. They’re betting they are more powerful than the rest of us put together. If they win this round, it makes the next round that much easier for them. If they lose, it’s merely a setback; they’ll try again later.
This is an enemy straight out of Hollywood. They will do whatever they want until somebody stops them. There are no rules and there’s no shaking of hands. There is no point at which they’ll look up and say, “OK enough is enough, now let’s really make America great again.”
Damn the Republic. Damn the Constitution. Damn the rules. Damn the customs. Damn the rest of us. They have the power and they will use it until somebody is strong enough to make them stop. It could be tomorrow, it could be never.