By: Josh Cameron | Our Voice Contributor
“It was after I first began to uplift my thoughts a bit that my cravings for junk food started to dissipate. I did not connect the two at that time. First, I simply noticed that I didn’t need to sleep so much. It took a while before I realized that in addition to my improved energy level, there was a direct correlation between chewing on mental garbage and putting garbage in my mouth.” ― Holly Mosier
What does it mean to be a Libertarian? How can anyone, with an ounce of intellectual integrity, fully support a business owner who refuses to make a cake for a gay couple but then freaks out when businesses deny them service for not wearing a mask? How is it that in one case the business owner has the right to choose yet in your case, you, not the business owner, get to choose?
No wonder Libertarians are so afraid of Socialists and Leftists. They only listen to people who say Socialists do no economic good, only kill people, and then look at how they, the Libertarians themselves treat others, and their own treatment of the rest of the population scares the crap out of them.
If your own behavior Is unsettling, perhaps it is time to look for a new frame of reference to base your philosophy and ideology. As I like saying, there is no Liberty in right-wing policy. A right-winger claiming to be a Libertarian is a cuck, and nothing more. Liberty, as defined by the dictionary, is: The state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.
Now, keeping this definition in mind, let’s look at right-wing vs left-wing policies. Right-wingers, Republicans and establishment Democrats alike, are in favor of a for-profit health care system where something on the order of 40k people per year die due to being blocked by the market, often by being priced out of that very market.
Leftists, not Democrats nor Republicans, believe in Universal Healthcare. What does this mean? Let’s say you are on vacation and your kid falls out of a tree and breaks their arm. Normally when you go for medical care they check your insurance and see if you are in or out of network. In network means you get the negotiated price that you signed up for but if your doctors are out of network (you most likely are if out of state) then the price is greatly inflated.
Now, with this system, you’d be expected to be seen in the emergency room/department. As of 2017, the average emergency room visit cost an average of $1,389. With a universal healthcare system, your kid breaks their arm, and they get seen. The bill is already covered because of the taxes you are paying.
Now, with this near $1,400 expense, Forbes reported that even in 2016, 63% of Americans didn’t have enough savings to cover a $500 emergency. Not medical emergency, but emergency in general. A simple emergency room visit is nearly three times that. If you are expected to put food on the table for your family, but instead an accident, which is not your fault, robs your family of that food, is this liberty?
If you kid does as a kid does and gets hurt and that leads you to bankruptcy, ruining your credit, preventing you from being able to rent a new place due to credit checks, is this liberty? Sleeping on the streets with your kids, is that the liberty we fight for?
How about the fact that our healthcare system is tied to our employers and 40 million people lost their jobs due to a pandemic? We’re told that a Medicare for All universal healthcare system would bankrupt the country because we can’t pay for it. Yet the stock market actually went up as millions were losing their jobs.
So, wait, the stock market isn’t tied to the health of the working class? Now you’re getting it my young padawan. If you lost your job, does that mean you enter a bubble of immunity where you and your family can no longer get sick or injured? Oh, that’s not the case? And if you are seen and can’t pay, guess what happens? The Washington Post reported in 2019 that Americans already pay a “gigantic” hidden health-care tax. Where does this tax come in? Rising premiums, every year, so you, not the health industry, has to pay for those who can’t.
This creates a system where you can lose your job along with millions of others, you can go bankrupt and your family lives on the streets, and the very “job creators” that the Libertarians tout as impeccable business people, get even richer by pushing the burden of their bills onto you. That is called wealth redistribution, something that Libertarians call evil. So why not here?
Does this sound like liberty? Does this sound like some approximation of “greatness” we were promised? Does this sound like a “great” country we often hear Democrats claim we were before Trump? This parasitic system wasn’t spawned in just 2017.
There is a game being playing upon the American people and it is not one where you pass go and collect $200. You can do everything right, and some rich parasite can literally suck you and your family dry of all your standards of living. Does that match the definition of Liberty?
Are you suspicious of politicians? Good! Are you suspicious of politicians who promise to do things but don’t give you specifics? Even better!
I ask, nay, I beseech you to look at demonstrable policy and see how it benefits the average American, including you. Don’t look at how it will hurt someone you don’t like but how it will benefit you independent of that other person.
After all, if we are all Americans and Americans don’t leave fellow Americans behind enemy lines, let’s work together to free our fellow Americans from behind the enemy lines of poverty and medical bankruptcy. Demand universal healthcare, because it is the only healthcare option lady liberty would choose.
That’s the “her” I’m with.
Only together can we fight this war. If the working class continue to work against each other, we’ll continue to die just so we can end up on the dinner table of corporate America.
“How do you examine yourself? What happens when you interrogate yourself? What happens when you begin to call into question the tacit assumptions and unarticulated presuppositions and begin then to become a different type of person?” -Cornel West