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  •  It's true that the Constitution only (2+ / 0-)
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    here4tehbeer, tardis10

    directs the behavior of our agents of government and private/religious institutions do not have to respect human rights.  That's the basis for one of the main objections to federal funding of health care--the dollars tend to come with strings attached known as human rights.  

    You know, before the civil rights era brought about the universal franchise, giving every adult citizen a role in public affairs, there were all kinds of public programs that served segregated populations and some not at all.  Privatization was largely a response to the obligation to render services equally.  That's the dirty secret that nobody wants to talk about.

    The problem is that the majority of the American people favor equal treatment and this has led to the dictum by our wanna-be ruling class that "if they want to be equal, let them be equally deprived."  Which is how the majority got to be impoverished and deprived of their rights.

    The objection to the "public option" wasn't to the option part, it was to the public.  "Public" is a word that's unpleasing to a lot of ears.  Think:

    public schools
    public transit
    public housing
    public debt
    public parks
    public hearings
    public information
    public health
    public works
    public service

    by hannah on Thu Apr 01, 2010 at 04:10:59 AM PDT

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