This is not my post. I am posting an excerpt of something I read and felt such profound dread as it struck a deep chord of truth in my gut, I wish I could place it in the hands of every American and force each one for them to read it. And read it. And read it. Until they understand. This excerpt captures the frustration I feel when I try to explain something, anything, and then connect it to society as a whole. It describes the hypocrisy and purposeful ignorance of the majority of people in this country. It illustrates in perfect clarity the juvenile “LA LA LA LA NOT LISTENING” frame of mind the general public has chosen to adopt in the face of issues it deems too overwhelming and how it classifies them as “simply not my problem,” and how that is destroying us from the inside out.
David Simon — ‘There are now two Americas. My country is a horror show.’
“If you watched the debacle that was, and is, the fight over something as basic as public health policy in my country over the last couple of years, imagine the ineffectiveness that Americans are going to offer the world when it comes to something really complicated like global warming. We can’t even get healthcare for our citizens on a basic level. And the argument comes down to: “Goddamn this socialist president. Does he think I’m going to pay to keep other people healthy? It’s socialism, motherfucker.”
What do you think group health insurance is? You know you ask these guys, “Do you have group health insurance where you …?” “Oh yeah, I get …” you know, “my law firm …” So when you get sick you’re able to afford the treatment.
The treatment comes because you have enough people in your law firm so you’re able to get health insurance enough for them to stay healthy. So the actuarial tables work and all of you, when you do get sick, are able to have the resources there to get better because you’re relying on the idea of the group. Yeah. And they nod their heads, and you go “Brother, that’s socialism. You know it is.”
And … you know when you say, OK, we’re going to do what we’re doing for your law firm but we’re going to do it for 300 million Americans and we’re going to make it affordable for everybody that way. And yes, it means that you’re going to be paying for the other guys in the society, the same way you pay for the other guys in the law firm … Their eyes glaze. You know they don’t want to hear it. It’s too much. Too much to contemplate the idea that the whole country might be actually connected.”
Please, please, please, if you read only one thing today, finish the rest of this article at The Guardian. He has something so truthful and so perfectly relevant to say—the things he says, you can see them happening in America. And something needs to be done.