My father said to me many times while I was growing up in a small Pennsylvania coal town, "Change comes slowly". And my own personal experience over the years suggests that this wise man was so right. As human beings, we seem to have an innate chip that inspires fear of anything different from what we know, a natural protection, I suppose, from the many dangers that could threaten us in the wild of our caveman days. One would hope, of course, that our experience, our intellect, and our knowledge of history would overcome that inherent fear in situations where the facts suggest otherwise. But The Status Quo is a powerful drug, and if you have something that seems to work for you, it's only natural to not want to give it up for an unknown. Thus the dynamic of the Power Brokers, The Haves, the upper tiers of society.....any society! For the rich who can afford the best healthcare, the Staus Quo works. For the powerful insurance companies, healthcare companies, and those politicians who are in their pocket, The Status Quo works. But for so middle class, poor, and disenfranchised Americans, it is not and has not been working.
So this dynamic makes it all the more interesting that The Good Old USA has finally embarked on a different path when it comes to the healthcare system in this country. No matter that every other "developed" country in The West has Universal Healthcare, "Socialized Medicine"...whatever you want to call it....a system where everyone pitches in to help everyone else, and a system that most folks in these countries will tell you works quite well, thank you, that very few if any would give up for a system like ours. But we have finally made a move toward CHANGE with this healthcare bill. In the scope of things, we made a "LEFT TURN"......yes, LEFT.....because LEFT suggests change....RIGHT suggests Status Quo, "conservative...to conserve, to hold on to, to be wary of change". The only real constant is CHANGE. And to resist any change simply out of fear is to be stuck in that caveman mentality, to be in fear of one's own life...or in the case of many, fear of losing one's identity.
The forces that have been against Healthcare Reform seem to be those who have had the most to lose.....(1) Healthcare Companies whose obscene profits would become less and (2) Republicans who see their party as losing to The Democrats, Republicans whose prediction of "Obama's Waterloo" not coming true, of Obama winning the battle of healthcare and by definition, Republicans losing the battle. Quite simply, this greed dynamic has been framing this thing for the past year....for the past 50 really.
So we are at a new juncture, one of change. Yes, as my father said, change does come slowly. This healthcare bill is far from perfect, has much to be desired as far as covering all Americans with insurance, is a very long way from Single Payer/Universal Healthcare, and a very long way from getting the unnecessarily huge profits of a few giant healthcare corporations over the needs of The People. But it is A START. This is not about a victory for The Democrats or Obama...it's a victory for The People and their needs. It's a moment where The Little Guy triumphed briefly over The Bully. It's a moment of Change, and in that respect, it's a good thing!
My cross country drive/tour in my mom's '97 Taurus continues with an added house concert his Tuesday night in Nashville put on by my friends Meg Hilly and Samantha Newark. It wil be a 7 PM show, over by 10:00 at the latest for those of you who have work or school the next day (I'm a musician, no such choice....that's why I decided to become a professional musician over 40 years ago!). Besides Samantha doing a song or two, I hope to have several of my other very talented Nashville friends join me as well. If you're anywhere near Nashville or know someone who is, please let them know. You can get the info of my Myspace.
..The Atlanta show was unfortunately snowed out...several inches making Atlanta drivers unable to cope with the highways! I have compassion for those of you in the North East with record snows still digging out.
Which brings me to make an observation and a statement about GLOBAL WARMING....or CLIMATE CHANGE!! I find it fascinating...and frustrating...to hear the Conservative Pundants point to record snowfall as proof that there's no global warming. "How could there possibly be global waming with all this snowfall and cold....rediculous!" Of course they make it a point to specifically call it GLOBAL WARMING..... never using the phrase CLIMATE CHANGE. An overwhelming percentage of scientists agree and reliable statistics confirm that the earth is indeed becoming warmer, that the icecaps are melting, and that this warming trend is in fact causing bizarre weather patterns. So it's certainly not a stretch for any half-intelligent human being to come to the conclusion that there is a connection between the two.......UNLESS YOU SIMPLY REFUSE TO MAKE THAT CONNECTION.
Listening to so much local radio as I make this drive across The Good Ol' USA (for the umpteenth time!), I find myself innundated with Right Wing Talking Heads...Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and many more....as they continue to push their radical agenda...yes, RADICAL. I believe for these folks, it's deeply personal, not in a way to make the world better for human kind, but to make it better for themselves and their immediate friends. For them, it's really all about money and power, both the same really. To make themselves right, they constantly strive to make others wrong. The facts are bent to fit the agenda, and the agenda becomes exactly the opposite of what their "enemies" believe. Because SEPARATION is key....."divide and conquer", an age old strategy. It is a war to them, a big game, where there are only winners and losers. To be wrong is to be a loser, and losing is intolerable, devasting, and annlhilating. Their fragile egos cannot take it...they'd feel personally destroyed. So to avoid this awful feeling of being less than, they constantly strive to be better than. And what better way to do that than to put somebody else down, to make the other person wrong, to attack constantly, pre-emptively...it is war, after all. If you once spouted and loudly shouted to the world that global warming doesn't exist, you can't go back on that.....you'd be admitting that you were wrong, and being wrong is losing, and losing is intolerable. So they continue to insist they're right, even if the facts don't support that. But facts can be cheery picked, so cherry picked they are. "Look at all this snow (show snowman in TV news picture)....no global warming here! Al Gore is wrong, see, his whole movie is a Left Wing piece of propaganda...I told you so.....I WAS RIGHT ALL ALONG!"
That's the beast that has emerged in the past 20 years, it's self serving, it's everywhere, and it's destroying the country. The truth has become a casualty of personal greed. The ego has triumphed. The other side, unfortunately, in its attempt to counter the falsehoods, engages in a similar energetic, and the escalation continues.
To me it's very sad, to watch our beautiful planet cry out for help, and to have the powerful few ignore our Mother's pleas, because to do so might take something from them....money, power, everything they've been able to accumulate. But mostly it's a sense of self that they never really had, a sense of self that had to be created on the "outside" with material gain, all feeding the ego. "INNER WORK....what's that? Hey, I'm fine....just look at me, I'm really successful!"
Yes you are, Rush. Yes you are, Glenn. Yes you are, Sean.You're all really successful on the outside. But in my book, you are all losers. Because you're not team players, you're selfish, you're greedy, and when it comes to Global Warming, or shall I say Climate Change........YOU'RE WRONG! Peace,