As the United States teeters on the brink of right wing echolalia on the issue of health care reform, some progressives are trying to appeal to reason, pointing out that government-run health care is not actually a very radical idea, that it would save money, and that it’s firmly based in powers assigned in the Constitution. When right wing groups scream in horror that health care reform, because it’s created by the government, would be socialist, progressives counter with a rhetorical question: Do you think that public schools are socialist, just because they’re government-run?
Down in South Carolina, Republican congressional candidate Richard Cash doesn’t think it’s a rhetorical question at all. He answers, “The time is now to stop socialism and reverse the growth of the Federal Government by eliminating such as the Department of Education.”
Statements like this lead me to question whether the United States of America is really united. I don’t see where I can find common ground with people who think that public education “is fostering a mentality of dependence”.