I Want To Go Back!

I want to go back in time to a place of innocence.  When people that were elevated to leadership status actually were leaders and earned a respectable right to be in the position that they were.  You believed that they must be if they were elected by the people for the people. 

We are currently watching a race unfold before us.  We have three candidates, are any of them what we really need as a nation.  A nation about to lose top billing, a nation that has embraced communism in name of the “big buck” embraced ideals different from that which we were founded upon all in the name of “oil”?  Can we put into a White House two separate people a wife/victim or a husband/victimizer?  Yesterday it came out that Senator Clinton was in the vicinity of her husbands tryst with Monica.  A time back I discovered that Senator McCain has married the woman he had an affair with while married to a woman that had stuck by his side waiting his return from the POW camps.  The article pointed out that he started the relationship the night he met her, was it a marriage of position initially?  Can we entrust a country to people that would put the sanctity of marriage in jeopardy for political gain?

I will not speak of Senator Obama except to say, it clearly at this point and time appears that he is a man who has risen above his own brokenness in family, and is seeking to set it right in his private life, proudly bringing a degree of normalcy into our understanding of the “American” family. 

There is more to this blog than the political arena.  Daily I am sickened by the revelation of how demonic the electronic age is.  My heart hurts over the decay of family life all as a result of the internet, cell phone, text messaging, ease at which we enter deceitfully relationships.  We hide, and the deceit grows out of us like weeds in the abandoned playground of decaying neighborhoods.  We hear phrases like, “go ahead its okay to look” is it really?  Is it really okay to just look?  Is it really okay to just enter into someone else’s home to just share an “innocent” correspondence or two? Case in point; Would any man really tolerate a Joe Shmoe just coming up to his front door and asking for Jane.  “Is Jane home?  I am her old friend, I just want to sit down and talk with her in her bedroom for a while, just turn your head Joe, pretend that this is all innocent banter.  It won’t take long….oh and buddy don’t worry, if your relationship is solid, you don’t need to worry, we are just “friends”!  Do you honestly think Joe would be okay with that?  Should he be? 

How about if Jane just happens into her bedroom and discovers Joe quickly switch screens and wait until Jane leaves a room to enter back into the communication that he was having with an unknown entity?  Let’s translate that into a human to human contact, shall we.  Joe is seen talking with an unknown woman and up walks Jane, the conversation quickly ends.  Joe looks at Jane as if, “yes?”  The unknown woman turns away, Joe carries on light inane conversation with Jane and as soon as Jane walks away, (with no introduction mind you) the conversation proceeds with the unknown.  Tell me how many people would go on their day feeling okay about that one?  But you see, if Jane were to confront Joe over the internet/computer exchange, she would be accused of being paranoid, suspicious, and a comment like “hey, I can have friends, it is just an email!” 

Do you see where this is going?  How many relationships are going to end this year as a result of a communication breakdown as a result of a communication breakdown?  I sit in restaurants, public places and see men and women coming into the establishment and watch as one of the couples sits while the other one is staring at a hand held device, fingers moving quickly on the keys.  All attention is on the small less than 2inch by 2inch screen that manages to hold all the attention away from the person across the way.  As a child I was taught to ignore the person you were with was rude.  To bring the handset of the phone to the table was bad manners. 

Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus, and there is evil, deceit and it is growing at the speed at which one can type and hit send.  For me, I want to go back in time.  To a place where each family had one phone number and it was the family number assigned to the man of the house, because women were preyed upon.  Where women if they did live alone were advised to list first initial only, to a time when people did not hide behind communication devices.  Where men and women understood the boundaries of friendships between people of the opposite sex once they were in committed relationships, to a time when people did not need to be glued to electronic devices, but could actually enter into human exchanges with the people that mattered in their lives.  Have we gone too far?  Clearly I believe we have, and I resent that there is even a need to be concerned about it.   

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A Friday ranting about Health Care, the Presidential election, and a little more…

“As they  walk a careful line on the issue, presidential candidates Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) have offered plans that preserve the existing system while also providing Americans with a “government-run, Medicare-like alternative to compete with private plans…According to the Journal, the shift among Democrats occurred because many decided that a single-payer system could not be achieved politically…” http://www.rwjf.org/programareas/features/digest.jsp?c=EMC-ND132&pid=1132&id=7151

A Las Vegas Review-Journal editorial argues that the top Democratic presidential candidates avoid using the phrase “socialized medicine” when discussing their health care reform plans because of its “negative connotation,” but the reality is that all three “advocate changes that would push us closer to precisely such a system.”

http://www.rwjf.org/programareas/features/digest.jsp?c=EMC-ND132&pid=1132&id=7152

 Okay, so there you have it, two separate quotes from the same Health Insurance update from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  It seems to me that it is politics as usual, “thou dost speak with forked tongue!”  Well, what is it?  Is it  hidden socialized medicine, is it a single payer system, is it a single payer system hidden beneath a facade of “well, you see you pay the bill and we reimburse you?”  Seriously, are we that foolish?  How can it be both.  (By the way the Republicans have been promoting what Hillary and Obama, seemingly are promoting for a long time! The Dems have boohoo’d it as it is too costly! But a socialized format is not?)

The way I see it is this.  Stop courting the big problem and get it together.  Identify a strong cohesive model, one that would contain cost, because everybody is buying into it.  Put in place controls like there are in Maryland, controls that limit the gross profits of hospitals, insurance companies, etc, etc, etc!  Then start calling things as they are!  The Big Boys are making a profit off of the indigent, the ill, the marginalized, those who by their circumstances are oppressed by the very system that claims to be deliverers of health care.  Doctors take the “oath” do all other providers? Read Regina Herzlinger’s “Who Killed Health Care?”   it outlines a consumer driven model. 

Be realistic, this problem is not going to be fixed with a new President.  It is much bigger, it is bigger than Washington, it will take real, honest dialogue.  We must be willing to call the issues as they are.  For more insight into this big problem check out www.jayparkinsonmd.com.  I actually would nominate that guy if he were old enough!

Now, as I see it…no matter what issue we focus on, let’s be mindful in electing the next President.  Do we want to spend the next 5 years listening to threats, insults, mud-slinging, can we afford to have constant media diversions?  We need a President that can maintain the focus on issues of great concern to us all.  We need a President that can work with congress to get the job done, so that we are not wasting any more time.  We really do not have that much time before we lose greater footing.  We cannot run the risk of the opposing party spending 4 valuable years to guarantee that the President is not reelected.  My word, will anything get done? Or will we just sit by and watch as our dollar shrinks into the abyss?  The circus that could result from electing the wrong President could be equalled to electing Britney Spears or Paris Hilton.  My point is that sometimes we maybe need to be very Machiavellian in our approach and focus on the good of all.  Sadly we are a Very immature country with a whole lot to learn.  If we can see waffling so soon with regards to health care for example, will we not see that in everything else as well?

It is food for thought, I am just dishing out a few morsels of information, for whatever it is worth.  More to come regarding the things that matter to ME.

Blessings!