An audience member who was at my show last Saturday night (6/24/17) offered me some reasons why people should be denied health care: they didn’t take care of themselves; they were lazy; we shouldn’t pay for people who don’t contribute to the system. He had a very hard nosed moral tone in his voice as he offered his opinions. He felt certain sick people should feel shame for what they brought upon themselves.
You know who I think should feel ashamed? A fucking animal who would deny medical attention to any human being who needs it. ANY HUMAN! Whether someone thinks they deserve it or not. The biggest fucking bum in the world should be taken care of when he is sick, no matter how evil or undisciplined he may have been. And certainly any poor people who have had their lives destroyed by the thieving rich should receive care. ANY FUCKING BODY.
When my father was dying he was in hospice. (In 2008 – 2009.) His care plan said he would have no invasive treatment such as radiation, but he would have all he needed for his comfort. He contracted a urinary tract infection which could be cured easily with an antibiotic. His nurse didn’t give it to him. She said with an authority that she had no right to assume, “We decided not to.” We got my father the fucking antibiotic. But he had to live a few of his last days in discomfort because that bitch couldn’t wait for him die.
My father had done nothing wrong by anybody’s standards. He would even pass muster with my stern audience member who thinks human beings should be sentenced to death for gross imperfections like smoking or an improper diet. (People like the audience member believe in two things — markets and punishment. Fuck education, friendship, forgiveness, love or fucking health care! Build another prison and make another judgmental remark, asshole!) Yet, the nurse wanted to shame him for dying slowly. She had to save some money that could be handed to some rich people who didn’t need it. Nothing in her life was more important than pleasing rich people. The shame is on her.
I have struggled to understand what makes people so heartless and cruel. (They so want to be understood. They want praise for being so good and decent — true Americans. They are among the worst people in the world.) The standard liberal explanation is that they have suffered and they carry on the abuse. But I no longer buy that. Their personal lousiness is a choice. Everyone that has had “a tough time putting food on the table” don’t become as ugly and cruel as these people.
My father for example had a very tough life. He was physically abused in fascist schools in Italy. He encountered great discrimination in America as a poor Italian immigrant. He did hard labor in an auto body shop for decades, breathing in the toxic materials that ultimately killed him. But he never gave in to the harsh violence and lack of generosity that the audience member and the nurse embrace. He was confused at times, but never took sadistic joy at the suffering of others. He wasn’t ever a rich man by any means, but he never placed even a needed dollar above another person.
How these assholes lie to themselves and believe that their fear and jealousy are virtues! They resent the world because of their own material and spiritual failures. They hate the immigrants who come to their towns with nothing and subsequently thrive with hard work and initiative, while they themselves mock the educated on their way to the meth dealer’s house.
Trump and Mitch McConnell aren’t the problems. The audience member and the nurse are the problems. Trump and McConnell just manipulate what already exists in these walking suicides. We have this awful, immoral government because we share this nation with these awful, immoral people.
Another audience member told me later that she was struggling with maintaining a long-held friendship with someone who voted for Trump. Well, yes, because they revealed what kind of person that they were. She later apologized for speaking out angrily about Trump. I said that I wasn’t sorry. I’m sorry for all the times that I was silent before this evil, or, maybe even worse, for when I spoke out without confidence in an argumentative tone. I know what is true in this case. It ain’t them! And it’s not up for discussion. Listen if you want, but I don’t want to hear your opposing point of view on this. If you don’t like it shove it up your ass.
I have no tolerance for what these people are. I was originally going to say here “for what these people believe,” but this post has nothing to do with ideas or opinions. I can’t stand what these people are. There is no excuse for it. They have chosen death. I want nothing to do with them until they change.
And I do believe in redemption.
But not compromise. Not with these people. Not now.
Copyright 2017 Richard Thomas