Politics of the Right

A fellow named McFadden is running for the US Senate, challenging Minnesota incumbent Al Franken. McFadden’s ads promise that he’ll fix what’s wrong with Washington by getting rid of Obamacare. I have a few problems with such an ad campaign.

First, I do not believe any candidate for a first term has ever believed he or she will arrive in DC like the cavalry, heroically come to save the people. It takes a long time to gain a positive influence, though I’ll admit a beginner can do some real damage (e. g., Ted Cruz and the infamous Joe McCarthy).

Second, what’s wrong with Washington is very deep and much too complicated to be fixed merely by undoing one piece of legislation. The problem is that our culture is no longer producing people of wisdom. No leaders of either party have given the slightest evidence that they have the wisdom even to know what the real issues are.

Third, the opponents of Obamacare seem not to consider how much damage would be done by having the federal government flip flop on such a comprehensive matter as health care. The ensuing chaos would be far worse than the current situation.

Fourth, no one on the Right has supported or proposed any substantial ideas about how to correct the awful mess our health care system is in. Like adolescents, they all know what they’re against, even while in fact standing for nothing.

Most puzzling to me about the Right is their unending faith in Big Business (including Big Medicine). Surely they can see what incredible damage has been done to America by the excessive deregulation that began with Reagan and climaxed with the absolutely limitless greed that caused the collapse of 2008. How can anyone trust the foxes who devastated the hen house?



About mthayes42

I am a retired pastor, interested in the Bible, cross-cultural ministries, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and the current and past history of western civilization.
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