One hundred years before I was born our country was entrenched in a division of opinion polemic enough to lead us to bloodshed. At the core of the difference was a basic moral question. Shrouded in a way of life and what seemed an economic imperative, lay the real question of whether humans can own humans-- a moral question. The question is absurd today given mans' continuing evolution, which seems to be headed towards greater benevolence and inclusion, notwithstanding the many side roads we may travel.
Today, we continue to pay a price for the arrogance and elitism of that era. Until equal opportunity is a reality for the posterity of those slaves, and the slums and inner-city blight is gone, we continue to sustain elements of institutional racism, and we all pay the continuing price.
The division gripping the nation today seems familiar. It seems to me that at the heart of the division lies a similar moral question: does everyone deserve affordable health care? Do we, as a Christian nation take care of our poor, needy, mentally ill, those weathering hardship, the disenfranchised? It also seems to me that an elitist, arrogant and perhaps racist mentality opposes this ideal. Can we concede that all men are not born equal today--yet?
History has left those who oppose such major changes in the benevolent direction of our evolution looking rather unevolved, regressive and ignorant.
Ironically, it seems the majority of those opposing the moral imperatives of benevolence towards all, are those who verbally tout the very same Christian axioms--taking care of the disenfranchised for whatever reason, including lack of equal opportunity. They talk the talk...
I'm not advocating for a victim mentality, or laziness. I'm admitting that many circumstances have left many people of all ethnicities in many different kinds of need. Do we choose benevolence and be on the winning side of history, or dig our heads into arrogant, elitist sand hills, and allow history to judge us as ignorant?
I believe in the Zion mentality espoused by my LDS background. Zion mentality promotes the ideal of equality for everyone. Similarly, I am guided in my social work profession by the core value of the unconditional worth of each person. With these "biases" conceded, let me state that I am especially embarrassed by Utah Congressmen/Senators who should perhaps of all people demonstrate support for affordable health care for each person. Instead, our representatives continue to attempt to defund a law that will finally allow each person the opportunity to have affordable insurance and health care for themselves and their families. This is a law that has already withstood all scrutiny and is in place. Its adoption emerged from the reality of the inequality of so many who live without any health coverage. It demonstrates that we as a nation have evolved beyond the place where we can tolerate so many of our fellow citizens living without adequate health care. It demonstrates our benevolence.
I am proud of our country for finally demonstrating an awareness of this fundamental need of all people, and beginning the difficult process of implementation. Of course their will be problems, glitches and areas to reform. But we instituted a law that is supported by the ideals of equality and benevolence. I have yet to hear an intelligent argument why we as a Christian nation shouldn't be engaged in this opportunity for every person. I cannot understand why Utah's representatives oppose it, and am especially embarrassed that one of our own has led the fight to keep the status quo and continues to offer no alternative to 15% of Americans that have no affordable access to health care. I can only deduce that arrogant and elitist ideals continue to motivate those that oppose affordable health care for all. Watch out, history proves truthful and is unkind to the malevolent.
Congress, like terrorists, are willing to hurt many, close the government and cost us millions to advance their elitist ideals, masquerading as something benevolent or positive. This is developmentally an adolescent level of thinking and functioning. Attaching Affordable Health Care defunding to the continuing resolution to pass the budget is wrong. President Obama, like Lincoln should not negotiate with those who demonstrate they will advance their positions, even at the peril of our country's stability.
It's still a moral question at the heart. I invite our representatives to choose the right... or let the consequences follow.