As the collective chorus of political punditry dooms the Affordable Care Act, aka ACA, aka ObamaCare, one must step back from the noise and look at the issue plainly.
Last week President Barack Obama put it in clear terms when he publicly told the American people during his press conference that the new health care law is a “policy” and not a “website.” However, he personally accepted accountability by acknowledging that the website “hasn’t worked as smoothly as it was supposed to work.” Nevertheless, he continued to urge Americans not to be discouraged from registering for health insurance because of the problems that have plagued its rollout.
In light of February being recognized as Black History Month, a month where our heritage, ancestors, and leaders are being acknowledged for their legacies, such as the late Harriet Tubman for her bravery and resistance, for risking her life and leading hundreds of men and women to freedom via the Underground Railroad. Another notable name is the late George Washington Carver who discovered three hundred uses for peanuts, including peanut butter. I also have to mention the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. honoring his stance on civil rights and equality. So many honorable African American men and women played a significant role in moving America forward.
The Battle for the Soul of the Republic
Since the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, which left 28 people, including 20 children dead; there have been over 100 murders across the United States. The brief pause we experienced while grieving for the innocent school kids that were killed on that dreadful day could not last. Our societal thirst for blood would not be quenched simply by the lives of those guiltless young victims. Day by day, since the Sandy Hook tragedy, Americans continue to be killed in record numbers.
Before the violence spirals further out of control, we should ask ourselves a few very serious questions.
When we go to the ballot box this November we should go with two things in mind, the importance of the selection we are making and the sacrifices of those who fought for those rights before us. Black people did not always have the right to vote, or many of the other rights that we take for granted. Today it seems as if some of our own people want us to go back in time by not exercising that right. Groups of Black pastors are urging their congregations not to vote, or to only vote how the pastor endorses. That in itself is is disgraceful. It is the very definition of indoctrination; this is when a pastor teaches someone to accept doctrines uncritically. Why would a pastor of all people be willing to tell the Black community not to exercise the right that so many fought and died for.
As the world watches to see if America can avoid going over the fiscal cliff, House Majority Leader John Boehner must feel the weight of it crashing down on him. Each day he spends much of his time trying to persuade a stubborn Republican caucus to work for the good of the country. However, today's Republicans do not resemble the ones that were in Washington when he was elected over twenty years ago.