I have only shared this with a few people, mostly close friends. It is not something that you normally share
with the general public. This time I make an exception. During my time in the Marine Corps, I was twice accused of
being tactful. I hope this eases your mind.
I was acquitted on both counts!
It is an ignoble truth that we look at time and history from
our own unique but minuscule perspective condemning much from our myopic vista
and applauding things of which we know nothing in fact but which have acquired a shiny veneer
from an earlier time.
Everyone seems to have voiced their opinion about the Affordable
Care Act or Obamacare except me.
I have not ventured into this quagmire for the simple reason
that it is a quagmire, will surely drain both life and energy from me should I
enter the debate. So I will not enter
the debate, but perhaps offer a perspective to relieve the current debilitating
The founding fathers did what no other nation on earth had
ever done before. They put forth a government
that divided power among a federal government, state governments, and
individuals. It further divided power at the federal level among a legislative,
executive, and judicial branch. It was
the epitome of government by the people and an enduring model for keeping tyranny
It did not provide a problem solving organization, but did
provide the opportunity for seizing opportunities, solving problems, and committing
the full force of the United States to any cause that was resolved by the
executive and the legislature.
Looking back, I would have to give these insightful,
faithful, creative, and bold men an A+ on the framework for our nation.
That said, they never saw the issue of health care
coming. The first vaccine—ever—came into
existence only a few years after our Constitution was adopted.
In the late 18th century, health care was as much
a part of the daily conversation as was space travel. If your town had a doctor, you were blessed
in a very limited sort of way. Only in
the last half century has this idea of health care moved into the mainstay of
Organ transplants, open heart surgery, placing stints into
arteries would have been the stuff of science fiction at the time our
Constitution was drafted and for more than a hundred years thereafter.
It has been just over a century since doctors began
attempting open heart surgery. It has
been less than half a century since the first heart transplant.
The problem with health care is that we are all rookies.
Taxes have been around forever.
Funding armies and navies is old hat to almost every nation.
Negotiating treaties is as old as government itself.
But health care is a horse of a different color, and we seem
to ignore this thinking that we are all experts.
The only thing that seems to progress as fast as modern
medicine is modern technology. Nobody
wants to be caught with a phone that is more than 2 years old. That’s just not the way things work in this
We don’t keep our phones for more than 24 months, but we
believe that the existing system of health care is a viable longstanding model
or take the other extreme and think that the Affordable Care Act will bring
balance to what seems to be an industry that is out of control.
Arguments on both sides have validity.
Government control of a private industry inherently is
The availability of certain services for only a select segment
of our nation seems un-American.
What are we to do?
We as individual citizens are to tell our president and
lawmakers that we elected them to serve the people of this great nation. We sent them to take on a tough set of
challenges believing them to be tougher.
Huddling up with only those who think the same way you do
and pointing fingers at anyone else hardly shows the meddle that we need from
our leaders at this time.
The budget needs fixed—to include taking on this monster
known as the national debt.
Health care must be addressed as an issue unique to the
current century. This is a new
challenge. We should approach it with
the same tenacity and dedication and national commitment that got us to the
moon. That hadn’t been done before
All elected officials must abstain from acrimony, vitriolic tones,
and pity parties. This is a time for men
and women of courage to step forward, and those entrenched in petty politics—no
party has clean gloves here—to pack up and go home.
Had our founding fathers suffered the same mindset as our
current slate of national leaders, we would still being paying taxes to the
We are in a mess.
It is not hopeless.
Men and women of courage can come together and tackle our nation’s
problems and seek opportunities, and work for the common good.
We all have some sort of political foundation that we
believe is best for this country.
Bitterness and blaming while holding fast to my way or not way at all does not befit men and women of courage.
Were these same men and women in the armed forces, they
would be considered cowards for running and hiding from hostile fire. They are not soldiers. They have chosen a different calling, but
have become so entrenched in their positions, that they deny even the very profession
to which they are a part of.
It is time for politicians to resign and for true statesmen
We can emerge stronger from the current dysfunctional state
of our national government, if enough of our elected officials will remember
why we sent them to Washington and use the modicum of courage needed to take on
the challenges of the current century.
Now is the time for
all good men to come to the aid of their country.
I practiced on this sentence hundreds of times in typing
class (yes, I’m showing my age), but it holds true today. It is especially true today.
It is time for our president and our legislature to step up
to the challenges before them with courage not complaint.