Category Archives: Basic Human Decency

They Are Telling Us Who They Are: Sen. Tillis’ Aide Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

A while ago, some asshole with a blog noted that cruelty is an ideology: But I think this misses the ideological component to this… consider, instead, healthcare. A fair number of conservatives don’t have a problem with our current system. … Continue reading

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One Reason Some Governors Want to Reopen So Quickly

Follow the money (boldface mine): Republican governors in states like Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina have announced plans to begin reopening their states’ economies despite warnings by health officials that it’s too early to do so. The decisions mean that … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Bidness, Conservatives

Another Problem with Gerontocracy

Timothy Noah has a very good article about the ossification of leadership in the U.S. (boldface mine): Let me stipulate at the outset that I harbor no prejudice toward the elderly. As a sexagenarian myself, not to mention as POLITICO’s … Continue reading

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Cruelty As Ideology: The Mo Brooks Edition

A while ago, I noted that cruelty is not just a character flaw, but an ideology. Like all ideologies, cruelty is a force which gives people meaning: …consider, instead, healthcare. A fair number of conservatives don’t have a problem with … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives, Healthcare

Shaming Works

I’m old enough to remember when yelling at people who are responsible for keeping babies in cages would cost Democrats the 2018 elections (boldface mine): The official called the current situation at the border, which is experiencing the highest number … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives, Immigration, Resistance Rebellion And Death

Cruelty Is An Ideology

Last week, there was considerable uproar over the Trump administration’s decision to not fund the Special Olympics (Il Trumpe himself ‘heroically’ intervened to stop this, though some reports claim this was a White House initiative). Many commentators noted that this … Continue reading

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On Elliot Abrams

Sometime after the Iraq War, I remarked to a friend that everyone who supported that war should be hounded from political life. He responded, “That would mean about half of Democrats and most Republicans would be disqualified.” To which I … Continue reading

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MLK On Civil And Human Rights

This lengthy article (pdf) about Martin Luther King from 1968 is worth a read today. It’s a very good rebuttal to those who would ignore the economic consequences and causes of racism.

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Ethics, Racism

Co-Pays, Elective Treatments, And Insulin

The Best Healthcare System In The World™ (boldface mine): Mallory Lorge, who suffers from Type 1 diabetes, is forced to ration her insulin and look at her possessions to decide what she can sell to pay down her bills because … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Healthcare

A Modest Proposal: Enforce All The Laws

This week, in response to the murder of a woman who was killed by a panhandler she was trying to help, a really rich guy wrote an op-ed arguing that police should enforce the panhandling laws: Baltimore City has a … Continue reading

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