Three Musketeers

After the House and Senate passed the health care reform bill last week, I thought I was through writing on the subject.  But the reverberations from the other side, the dark side,  are impossible to ignore.  But before moving on to that discussion, I have to say that, for me, just about the best thing about the passage of the  bill is that  I no longer have to live in fear that Judas Joe Lieberman might call a press conference and drone me to despair.   Happy days are here again!  

At first, I couldn’t understand the vehemence of the defeated Republicans.  They keep saying that Democrats have “rammed this legislation down the throats of the American people.”  From what I know, polls show that there’s  pretty much a 50/50 split on approval of the bill.   And after all, the bill was passed by  majorities in both Houses.  I have a hard time seeing how this is “ramming it down the ….”.   It’s unfortunate that the  hateful and sometimes criminal  behavior of  some “activists” following its passage has not outraged the Republican leadership the way it ought.  Instead of wholesale condemnation of  these folks, the Republican leaders have hedged their criticism; saying that they abhor such behavior but  suggest that the criminals and hate mongerers “funnel” their energy into political action.  This is akin to  suggesting that a  sexual deviate redirect his energies by becoming a pornographer.  (Hey…let’s see you come up with  a reasonable analogy on the fly?)  Some  Republicans have even suggested that Democrats were trying to make political hay out of the vandalism and threats that followed the vote.  To that point, Eric Cantor, the House Minority Whip  (who has been cited here before)  told reporters that his office in Richmond, Va. has also been vandalized.    As you well know, Mr. Cantor is the only Jewish Republican in the entire  Congress.  Does he think that his office was a target because he was against health care reform?  Come on Eric…wake up and smell the anti-Semitism.  (This is one of the reasons Mr. Cantor didn’t make it to my seder.)     

But all this may be missing the point.   Frank Rich posed an interesting thesis in last Sunday’s Times.  He suggested that the fury in the country about health care reform was just an excuse to vent some fear and rage about the loss of “their” country by white, conservative Americans.  As part of his argument he mentioned that the Republican party is made up almost entirely of white people.   He included a statistic that still has me reeling.  Since 1935 there have been only 3 Republicans in Congress who are black.  That’s right….in the last seventy-five years there have been only three African-American GOP members in the institution that is supposed to represent the country’s citizenry. (I could see this being part of a fun, albeit tasteless,  party game.) So much for the “big tent” they’ve been talking about in  recent years.  

Of course, this is exactly the kind of statistic that has so much currency with me.  Put another way, there are as many of Dumas’ Musketeers as there have been Black Republicans in Congress in the last seventy-five years.  Or, one more Apocalyptic Horseman…or one more Top, or one more……  






2 Responses to “Three Musketeers”

  1. charnie Says:

    YOU had a seder????????????

  2. iron(ic)man triathlon Says:

    a metaphorical seder. anyway…why is this blog different than all other blogs?

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