I know Jonathan Haidt’s premise in his book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion” is true, we are all good people struggling for a better America.
However, we also have to be clear about what the proposed replacement for the ACA represents. We have to get the word out there that this is the plainest example in recent memory that Republicans a waging a de facto war on the poor.
It’s not a war on poverty and the war on the poor is not the goal. The good people on the right are not focused on the vulnerable. They, like all of us, compartmentalize their responsibility and focus and their focus is on enabling people to make better choices. If there is a real demographic or economic need out there that can’t be addressed individually, that is not their primary concern as governors.
It’s an understandable and defensible position but we on the left have to internalize what this actually is and call it out as such. It is a de facto war on the poor as the Republican legislators have all their attention on their idealized society where individuals, families and communities are the ones best suited to help those in need, when in need.
Let’s be clear, the Republican health care plan as drawn up is built to fail. It’s not satisfying those conservatives on the far right who believe the Constitution guarantees all Americans that governing at the federal level consists of providing for the common defense and very little else AND the end result will be a catastrophic failure for the majority of those the ACA was able to help.
And you know what, for Republican politics a catastrophic failure is a lose-win. Sure they will have to take the heat from the opposition party and their “enemies” and nattering nabobs of negativism in the press, but if they can just tell their populist conservative base to relax and pass help them pass a bill built to fail the end result will be another failed government program and the #1 Republican talking point lives to see another day. (“see we told you government sucks”)
Democrats and the left has to start to do a better job explaining and fighting for economic liberalism (to include healthcare economics) because Republicans, libertarians and conservatives are united and focused on their cause of economic royalism posing as economic populism.
Here are some clear-eyed tweets (and retweets) from Kurt Eichenwald, mostly from yesterday.