While driving in Atlanta one afternoon I found myself following a car with a “Pro-Life” bumper sticker.  At the red light she was in the inside lane so I pulled next to her and lowered my window.  As she did the same, I asked her what her position on the “death Penalty” was—did her pro-life position extend that far or did she only care about fetuses?  Needless to say, she looked at me like I was nuts.  Needless to say she had never considered the question.

I was following another car that quite amused me.  On the left corner of the rear bumper was a sticker that said “Love God, Love People.”  On the right hand corner was a “W ‘04” sticker.  As the car pulled into a church parking lot I remember thinking, “Boy, he must be conflicted.”

That ties right into my main concern today—Health care.  I draw on an excerpt from a story in today’s paper, “…health care overhaul now rests largely with two blocs of swing Democrats in the House of Representatives — abortion opponents and fiscal conservatives.”   You see, this is what I don’t understand.  Health care is a basic need.  If you are not healthy, you are not productive.  That is counterproductive.  You cannot properly care for your children, your spouse, or even yourself.  In this country, as opposed to the rest of the civilized world, if you are not healthy, you can even lose your house and become more unhealthy.  Who then is going to care for the children.   Not everyone who would get health care wants to have an abortion, but because some would, NO ONE is going to get healthcare and everyone, including the children suffer.  Where in hell is the God in that?

Right now, it is the law that abortion is legal.  As long as that is the case, than it must be covered by health coverage.  Now, about those “fiscal conservatives.”  Before I go on with this rant, let me establish a major premise.  We did not go into Iraq because they had weapons of mass destruction.  That has been thoroughly debunked unless you watch Fox News.  No, we went into Iraq at the behest of Big Oil.  Where then were all these fiscal conservatives when we were spending billions of taxpayer dollars we haven’t earned yet on behalf of corporations that were raping us with $4.00/gal gasoline?  “Oh, that is not that much, they pay more for gasoline in Europe,” you say?   Well yes, Big Oil has been raping Europe a lot longer than they have been raping us.  BUT, I Digress.  Tell those fiscal conservatives to stop fighting Big Oil’s wars and there will be plenty of money left over to pay for healthcare.  Yes, Virginia, butter over guns.”

Those fiscal conservatives say they want responsible government.  They want to shrink government.  Well, they can start with that behemoth in the corner, the Defense Department, which gobbles up 60% of our budget.  It is time to go back to the concept that we are supposed to have a government of, by, and FOR the people—all the people.  Kristof writes today that the Evangelicals have discovered that “to be ‘pro-life’ must mean more than opposing abortion.”  He makes a fair case for some of them.  I say, if that is true, then they must recognize the divide and cross it.  Get out there folks and fight for expanding Medicare to cover every man, woman, and child in America.