She tried paying for my little sister's insurance for a few months, but it almost bankrupted her, and Kancare would not cover my sister. We're hoping there are some other government programs that will provide insurance for Lela, but in the meantime, she is one injury or illness away from financial ruin or even death. I can at least get insurance through my university, but Lela can't.
So, why am I angry with America? Because no matter what your political beliefs or affiliations are, the politicians don't care about you, and thus the policies created are not in your interest. Our healthcare system is a perfect example of this. Democrats had the majority in the senate and house for two years, and they had the chance to pass a healthcare reform law that would make it a single-payer system, but they didn't, because they were being paid off by lobbyists from insurance companies. Instead, we had a huge political showdown that resulted in faulty legislation being passed. However, the Republicans are just as bad because instead of accepting that "Obamacare" was passed, they are doing everything they can to tear it down by undermining it. They are so concerned with not letting Obama and the democrats "win" (yes, there really were many republicans who said that), that they are trying to keep Americans from getting the medicals services they need, in hopes that we will become angry with the healthcare reform and demand to have it repealed. The governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback (don't even get me started on him…) refused to expand medicare, and the result is my little sister and other people like her cannot get the coverage they need. These politicians are trying to win by threatening Americans' lives and health; this is immoral and WRONG.
Want to know a not-so-secret secret? People felt the same exact way 120 years ago. Literature at that time concentrated on the poor treatment of workers, poor living conditions, and the feeling that no matter what we do, nothing will improve. People were dying due to the way they were being forced to live. One of the main themes of the Naturalist period of literature was that the universe does not care about whether you live or die. Pretty cynical and depressing, huh? The situation changed though, even when the American people thought it was hopeless. People got mad and started becoming more socially active, ushering in a period called the "Progressive Era", where they concentrated on exposing corruption, taking down monopolies, and creating more chances for direct involvement in democracy. This is the time where women lined the streets calling for suffrage, and "muckraker" journalists fearlessly researched and printed the truth. These movements started at local grassroots levels before making it to the federal level. It was hard work, but people made a difference.
You know the saying "history repeats itself?" Well it can again; I honestly believe that. However, we first need to get rid of the "us versus them" mentality that political parties want us to have and realize who the real enemy is. We cannot further our agendas without a government that will represent us.
Cue Represent. US, a grassroots organization aimed at getting money out of politics. They have written anti-corruption legislation that they hope to pass; however, that is impossible without large amounts of public support to hold politicians accountable, and most people haven't even heard of it. I'm sure the legislation will need quite a bit of revision before it can even be considered, but it is a start. They also run these great "Honest Politician" ads like the one video above. They decided to use a satirical character to run ads in which he talks about corruption during the Kentucky senate race, which was the most expensive one in history. He's now doing it for New Hampshire as well.
I realize these are little things, but they add up. For example, you know that pop-up you encountered when entering my site on the 10th which talks about Net Nuetrality? Well, so many people have responded to those today, that it actually crashed the FCC's website. For the second time. If you didn't sign your name, don't worry; you can still click here. There are only five more days to comment.
So, what do you think? Are these just naive attempts, or do they actually have a chance at making a difference? Let me know.
While I still have hope for the future, in the meantime Germany is sounding pretty dang appealing, and this is my theme song.