Thursday, July 5, 2012

Why I May Very Well Vote This Year

I'm told that as goes Barack Obama, so goes "his" Universal Health Care Plan. This may very well be enough to get me out to the votey-place-thing this year. But rather than explain precisely why -- as a citizen of Canada (thass right, suckahs, I be duelin') and ergo former beneficiary of Universal Health Care -- I'd be willing to go on anonymous-record for just this one issue, let me quote a guy named Fred quoting a guy named Michael, an Australian Christian conservative who thinks American evangelicals are loony on this one:
1. Beware of The Cult of the Individual and the Idolatry of Greed. American and evangelical opposition to universal healthcare has nothing to do with the Bible or Theology, but is driven purely by a cultural and economic ideological bias. …
2. Varieties of Universal Healthcare. A big problem is that Americans simply do not understand universal healthcare (hence the talk of these “death panels,” which incidentally do not exist). …
3. Christian Advocacy for Healthcare. Every western democracy from Norway to New Zealand has universal healthcare for its citizens except for the most prosperous nation on earth. Across the world this move to care for the sick has been driven by a Christian ethic of compassion and not by the pursuit of economic gain. …
4. The Testimony of Americans Who Have Shifted Their Views. [He provides examples.] …
5. The Example of Jesus. As one reads the Gospels one cannot help but notice that a central characteristic of Jesus’ ministry was offering healing for the sick and injured. …
Aren't Australian's nifty?

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