Sometimes I wonder if Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Fox News, MSNBC and certain bloggers who routinely demonize the opposition would like to see America dissolve into civil war because it would be great for ratings and hits.
The fact is that many of the concerns about health care reform expressed on blogs and at town meetings held by members of Congress -- particularly about the depth of the proposed changes, the broad lack of understanding (even among progressives), and the true cost of the legislation -- are legitimate. "Act in haste and repent in leisure" is an axiom we all need to ponder at this stage.
I'd like to see at least several more weeks of consideration of health insurance reform legislation by Congress, at least until I feel I have a working grasp of it, understand it, and can explain the major provisions myself.
I know the fear among supporters of the legislation is that the longer we delay passage, the easier it will be for lobbyists and "astroturf" groups to rally special interests to scuttle it. And that health care reform has been discussed and discussed for 60 years. But I think the greater danger at this point is if the people who need to understand the 1,000-page legislation haven't fully absorbed it and can't confidently explain the general principles, much less the details, or the unintended consequences.
Continued dialogue is important, an essential part of democracy. If nothing else, it helps sharpen one's own thinking. That's why I'm venturing out to other blogs to discuss health insurance reform legislation.
Staying insulated in a partisan echo chamber does not help one develop or sharpen critical thinking skills. Justice Learned Hand once said that "the spirit of democracy begins with the notion that I might be wrong."
I'm sure I'm wrong about some things. I've lived long enough to know that I have been wrong about some things. My mind has changed about some things. I'm sure you're wrong about some things. I'm sure your mind has changed about some things. No one, no political ideology has a corner on absolute truth.