The Washington Post on “Right Wing Rage”

17 August, 2009 at 10:02 am (Politics)

My worldly friend Matt (how’s Papua New Guinea treating you?) posted Rick Perlstein’s OpEd piece from the Washington Post on Facebook…and I thought it was good, so I’m stealing it. It’s basically a reminder that irrational outrage is nothing new. My favorite bit is this:

The various elements — the liberal earnestly confused when rational dialogue won’t hold sway; the anti-liberal rage at a world self-evidently out of joint; and, most of all, their mutual incomprehension — sound as fresh as yesterday’s news. (Internment camps for conservatives? That’s the latest theory of tea party favorite Michael Savage.)

Now, before anyone says anything: I know there are rational concerns about the health care overhaul, and not everyone that is against it is ‘crazy’. But death panels? Seriously? Oh, and people: Medicare is a form of socialized health care. All I’m saying is: fight with reason, not with irrational rage.

You can read the Perlstein piece here. Check out the White House’s site about health care reform here.

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2 Comments

  1. Rosella said,

    I lived under the UK’s national health system (aka socialist) for 7 years.
    While it is far from ideal…it beats the thunder out of not having insurance or having insurance that won’t cover you needs. You may wait awhile for surgery but if you have an emergency you are immediately cared for and cared for well and with compassion. You can always see your doctor and we used to pay 25pence for a prescription. I think it is up to a pound or so now. Anyway you cut it, we cannot continue to have people out there who can not have medical care. Don’t really like the national health, but it is better than what we realisticly have now.

  2. Matt said,

    Glad you liked the link. PNG rocks my socks, man. One year down, one to go.

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