Not so dear Wayne Lapiere, here’s what I say: You might either have a gun or not. You might pull the trigger or not. You might hit or miss. Guns are an absolute. Mental health does not work that way. You might have a moderate or slight mental health issue, and still make a major mistake resulting in a horrible tragedy. What if a sort of unstable person gets a gun legally, but has a bad day? Should we fund more mental health care? Certainly. Should we improve security? Sure. But if these things are done without some gun control, then all we have is an arms race.
The right side of the Republican Party has successfully managed a public misinformation campaign about the Affordable Health Care law. A host of reasons explain the public’s mistrust of the law. The first is that many people simply don’t like our president. Next, the law makes tough changes for certain people, and they object to that. Those changes tend to be (not completely, though) needed changes to move health care in a better direction within the economy. Another reason, this is a great opportunity for crazy people to show their mettle. I use the term crazy a lot in this blog, and it is without a doubt apt. Ted Cruz is a whacko, and so are his ilk. The Health Care Exchanges are capitalism in action; that is good and empowering. Allowing businesses to get out of health care as a benefit is just fine too. All of this can and should happen as a means to increase access for regular people to health care. And that is what the A.C.A. is about. The right wing, guys like Cruz and several Tea Partiers in the House have received far too much recognition and power. Those legislators have convinced the public and congressional leaders, all for something petty and stupid. Get those wingers back to the margins. They are spoiled children.
Let’s remember what is going on that is right about our country. The debt is going down. Unemployment is going down. The economy is improving. Crime is going down. Energy costs are going down. Sustainable energy is increasing. The housing market is improving. People are buying cars and other products. Manufacturing in America is going up. We have negotiated that Assad get rid of his chemical weapons. Iran wants to talk. More people are covered by health care, and generally, rates are going down.
This is a nice place. Let’s maintain some decor. And give those brats some time out.