Wednesday, August 19, 2009

The Morality and the Reality of Public Health Care - Ed Schultz Hits it Out of the Park

Historically, all the great social movements that have been successful have had the faith community at the heart of it.

Right now fear is controlling this debate, and we have to start talking about truth-telling and what is the moral core? We can't lose the moral core, which is people. Our friends, our neighbors, our loved ones are hurting. The broken system has to be fixed. And the faith community is not going to settle for anything less than full accessible health care coverage for all of God's children

The Rev. Jim Wallis, Sojourners

Tonight on "The Ed Show", Ed Schultz talked with the Rev. Jim Wallis about the President's unprecedented conference call to thousands of religious leaders asking for their input on the government's role in health care. Rev. Wallis, president of Sojourners, Christians for Justice and Peace, talked passionately about the role the church must play in this all-important debate. (Their website was down soon after the Ed Show. I got on once and then didn't hang onto the link so I've been trying again for over an hour and can't get on.)

What struck me about this entire event--these thousands of religious leaders conferring with the president about how best to use their community to do good works--is how little we've heard from these people, as opposed to those leaders on the Religious Right who use their names and their clout to fight any attempt to reign in insurance company profits and use taxpayer funds to give aid to the many millions of Americans who suffer because of non-existent or inadequate health, or worse--because the Insurers have had the freedom to play God with their lives.

How is it that we've rewarded those hateful charlatans with fame and fortune while effectively shunning those who actually minister to real people with real problems? Maybe now that change is in the air, now that unprecedented numbers of our citizens need an unprecedented amount of help, we'll look to the real churches for real help.

But from the sublime to the ridiculous:

Later Ed talked to former Republican congressman Ernest Istook, now with the Heritage Foundation and tried to get him to describe the Republican plan for Health Care. The upshot, after many uncomfortable moments, is that either there isn't a plan or Istook has taken an oath of silence. Whichever, the spokesman wasn't talking.

Later still, Ed talked to Dr. Howard Dean--good stuff, and I might have opted to concentrate on that part here, but Ed saved the best for last. His "discussion" with Jonathan "Liberals are driving themselves over the cliff" Alter looked a whole lot like a barroom brawl. Now THAT was fun! Watch Dean first, and then the Alter altercation:

That was one heck of an hour. Ed Schultz, my new hero of the week.


(Cross-posted at Talking Points Memo here)


  1. Hi, I have to agree with the comments and I think you should continue with these posts as it offers a wider range of thought and keeps everyone on target for the Bigger Picture of the apparent need for Health Care Reform,


  2. Hi Neena, I'm glad to see you've finally been able to get on. I don't know why it's been such an issue. You're not the only one who was having trouble. I really don't like the idea that anyone should have to sign up with Blogger in order to comment on our blogs.

    I plan on keeping on keeping on--about health care and about labor issues, mainly, but I'll be writing about other things, too.

    Now that I've gained my voice nothing short of moving mountains will shut me up!

  3. Oh, and the third thing I'm going to focus on: This crazy insistence that strapping on loaded assault weapons is okay in public places, including wherever the president happens to be.

    If this is allowed to go on, we've all gone nuts and there's no hope for us.

  4. Ramona, Here in AZ, it is legal to wear a gun as long as it is visible. But don't you have to ask the question as to why someone would do this? And you one even imagine the security headaches that this caused. All so you can say you are exercising your right. Go figure...

  5. Neena, this has just gotten crazy. We have all kinds of "rights" to own things but there are still limits to how we use them.

    I own a car but can I drive it into a Town Hall Meeting and park it by the podium?

    I own a boom box but can I play it loudly in a public place where people are trying to speak?

    There is no logic behind any of it. The NRA has gotten so powerful everybody is afraid of them. That's scary.


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