In the inevitable showdown between doing the right thing and doing the selfish thing, you know which side wins most of the time. But not this time. In one of those rare, epochal events in American political history, the Congress of the United States — well, to be accurate, the Democratic Party members in the Congress of the United States, voted to do the right thing as opposed to the selfish thing, and stood up against the sleazy fear-mongering spewed out venomously by Republicans, a group of people in general who cling to the ball like that kitten in the picture. America has finally tripped and stumbled its lumbering way into the world of civilized morality by becoming the dumb last nation in the modern industrialized world to accept the clear moral imperative that access to health care is the right of all citizens in nation, not a luxury perk of the privileged classes.
I was not surprised that large groups of people were so desperate to cling to their ball and keep their neighbors away from it. That is the American way, after all, so is to be expected. Americans have a well-deserved reputation around the world as believing themselves to be some group of frontier cowboys, shoot first and ask questions later, I got mine go get your own, kind of people. We are infamously self-centered. The Republican Party exists to cater to the possessive traits of the selfish. None of this surprises anyway.
What does surprise me is that Congressional members of the Democratic Party, who are themselves infamously whimsical and impotent, were able to find the balls it took to do the right thing. Doing the right thing is always founded in courage, a quality usually lacking in Democratic politicians. The Republicans acted in character, the Democrats overcame their usual fright and voted the moral imperative against the selfish howling.
I am not to any degree a religious person. What I understand and live by in the moral world in the result of rational and logical reasoning, not superstitious fears and the residue of childish story-telling. But most Republicans think of themselves, quickly claim themselves to be religious people. They are not, of course, because they have failed the principal test: They could not ask themselves, in this situation, what would Jesus have done? Because the answer would have forced them to share the ball.
They should be ashamed of themselves.
And then shut the fuck up!