Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Healthcare and "the" mandate: testimony from an "unconservative"

For TOB Tuesday, I offer you "the Dutchman." Leave it to this most unconventional of Catholics ("Latin Mass Catholic, National Bolshevik"?) to offer a unique perspective on the issues of the day. I wish I had been more faithful to my Google Reader a few months ago, when this post first appeared of his blog; alas, it was impossible, as I was studiously avoiding anything that didn't relate to the Lenten presentations I was writing at the time. Now, even though it is less newsworthy, his post is still timely:
In 2008 I was at a Christmas party given my one of my ultra-Catholic friends. These are the kind of people who sing Christmas carols in Latin, say Rosaries for the unborn, and hold prayer vigils outside of Planned Parenthood clinics. These are people who do not use contraception, home-school their kids, and would never wear anything so revealing as a sleeveless dress. This was right after Obama was elected, but before he was inaugurated and, naturally, there was a good deal of speculation about what he would do. Healthcare was obviously on the table and I would say that two-thirds of the people there favored socialized medicine. That’s right; more than half the people in that room, people as culturally conservative as it is possible to be, favored a Single-Payer System – but with one proviso: you had to keep abortion out of it. The next day, I wrote President-elect Obama a letter with this simple message: you can sell a single-payer system to conservative Americans if you keep abortion out of it. (I also sent this same letter to David Axelrod, whom I actually know and have done business with.)
Read the rest here.


Ruth Ann Pilney said...

Good one, Sister!

The Dutchman said...

Hey, sister, thanx for the boost!

I was at the bookstore (buying my new translation missal) and I asked after you, but you were out then. Hope to see you soon!