Healthcare for all. Let’s riot.

It’s exhausting trying to stay angry at the evil in the world. It’s why we so rarely manage. I had assumed that it’s just a British phenomenon? I’m sure that in Hell, after a couple of weeks the Brits would stop screaming in agony and simply moan gently and self-effacingly: “It’s all right really, apart from the whipping and the molten brimstone up the bumhole. No worse than flying Easyjet. My own daft fault for ending up here. I probably shouldn’t have told that woman from the Red Cross to bugger off.”

It turns out that my cousins over the pond have a touch of the same, too. I read this blog by the inestimable Brigid Kaelin today, and this one that a friend of hers linked to as well (and it’s not often that I repost the musings of a conservative Christian blogger, either…). Both of them should be printed in large, easy to read type on the front page of every newspaper in the US. Politicians with the aid of and on behalf of the usual suspects (rich white dudes) are systematically lying to the nation. Are these lies being foisted upon the citizenry for their own good? Nope, it’s so the aforementioned villains can continue to get richer (unnecessarily so, by the way, we’re talking about people who are already indecently wealthy, let us not forget) off the poor, sick and vulnerable.

Hellfire and Damnation (and possibly just a touch of brimstone up the chuff) you should be angry about that, good people of the USA. Bad people too, mostly. Everyone who isn’t one of the thousand richest men in the country, in fact, should be spitting feathers.

And we in the UK should see feathers being spat, wonder what the fuss is all about and remember Nye Bevan’s vision for the NHS. We should look at a Tory government that are seeking to sell it off and remember Bevan’s words on the inception of the NHS:

That is why no amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party that inflicted those bitter experiences on me. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin. They condemned millions of first-class people to semi-starvation. Now the Tories are pouring out money in propaganda of all sorts and are hoping by this organised sustained mass suggestion to eradicate from our minds all memory of what we went through. But, I warn you young men and women; do not listen to what they are saying now.”

“Pouring out money in propaganda of all sorts”. Remind you of anyone?

I’ve rambled before about the role of anger in a civilised society. Here it is. It shouldn’t take this much to make us angry. Any government that spends more on missiles than on rebuilding schools and hospitals deserves to be overthrown.

But there we are. Tweeting in mild indignation and then tipping the hangman as he leads us to the gallows. Shouting at our kids and tutting in amused resignation at war criminals and bank robbers.

Right, I’m off for a nice cup of tea and an indignant head-shake at the news…

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