Ronald Reagan, admittedly a Republican icon, nonetheless did irreparable harm to our democracy by making government the bogeyman. Of course government can overreach, but good government protects its people and is answerable to them. Government should be “We, the people.” Corporations and billionaires loved Ronald Reagan and have come dangerously close to taking over our entire body politic — from Congress up through the Supreme Court.
Many Republican elites and corporations continue to be intent on taking down Obamacare. We’ve had four years of constant propaganda and falsehoods about a healthcare system that will give “We, the people” affordable healthcare for the very first time in our nation’s history. Why can’t we have something for our tax money besides stupid wars?
But, Obama haters and Obamacare bashers, be careful what you wish for. If these billionaires and corporations succeed in dismantling Obamacare, they won’t stop there. Far-right Republicans salivate at the chance to get hold of the heap of money in Social Security. Then it could well be Medicare’s turn. Both are largely well-run government programs. When corporations have the control and power, people have little power. When government is in charge of something, people can have a voice and can un-elect those in office, then go on to make changes and solve the problem.
In order to vote intelligently, however, the people of a democracy must have correct information. It looks to me like half the country has been duped by decades of corporate-sponsored propaganda, even no-conscience lies, from the likes of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. The result: Billionaires and corporations are laughing all the way to the bank as they buy more and more governors, senators, legislators and Supreme Court justices, sealing their hold on outrageous sums of money and virtually complete power.
— Joann Smith