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Re: “Journalism review features Tom Cotton's press dodging. They couldn't get comment either.

Senator Cotton,
My wife and I voted Republican our whole life. I'm 63 and shes 64. This past election we voted straight Democrat. We could not, with a clear conscience, vote for the crotch grabber. We are Christian conservatives. But we understand that the teachings of the Bible, on the one hand, and the political philosophy contained within our Founding Documents, on the other hand, can never fully coalesce into one harmonious overarching political and social doctrine. Countries that attempt such a system often end up with an ethno-centristic, theocratic, clannish, Khmer Rouge, Iranian type government leadership which claim a type of divine-right-of-kings as cover for grievous civil right abuses.
I have been against abortion all my life and have written a bulletproof non-Biblical refutation of Roe-v-Wade. I've sent it to 3 presidents and vice presidents, and many members of Congress and all SCOTUS member for years.
I say all that to say this. Now that I'm older, health care has become more important. I will always consider abortion to be wrong, but I do understand the child suffers for no more than a few seconds and will go straight to heaven. But the truth about health care is that the lower class and much of the middle class cannot afford health care. And a purchase mandate that includes premiums most Americans cannot afford is immoral. Even with an 80/20 policy, a serious illness or injury would bankrupt many people in the U.S.
The suffering caused by the insurance/healthcare industry is far greater than the few seconds of suffering experienced by the baby in the abortion procedure.
My wife and I are retired and have no insurance. We are on a limited income. We take no medication and never go to the doctor. The last real complete checkup I had was the week I got out of the Marine Corps in 1978. A few weeks ago, I broke a tooth and ended up pulling the broken part myself with a pair of tweezers. It was painful. But with no insurance, I wasn't sure if I could afford to go to a dentist.
I have thought long and often about the health care issue. I believe the most fundamental error in politicians thinking is they tend to equate the whole health care industry with for-profit businesses. It's one thing for someone to need a plumber or an electrician to come to their home to fix something. It's an entirely different thing for someone to be suffering a medical issue and not be able to afford health care. Really, it's a moral issue.
I know it's a very complicated issue with no easy answers. And I certainly don't call the ACA a perfect work of art. It does need fixing. The health care system in the U.S. is a huge industry with many moving parts. The honest must admit that back in 2009/2010 when President Obama and the Congress were framing the ACA, it was impossible for them to dot every single I, and to cross every single T. It would be like President Kennedy standing before Congress on May 25, 1961, and proposing that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. And then the next day NASA drafting a perfect, 100% perfect plan that needed zero changes from day one until splashdown in the Pacific. It's irrational and laughable to think President Obama and Congress could draft a health care deal that was 100% perfect on day one and would never need tweaking. Of course, they didn't get it 100% correct. Of course, a plan that deals with such a huge and complicated system will need tweaking as you go alone. But he got the process started. And as you know Senator Cotton, we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. A true statesman can give credit where credit is due. There really is a gentlemanly and tactful way to pull the splinter out of someone elses eye while remembering we still need a beam pulled out of our own eye. I will never vote for a 'so-called' statesman who doesn't understand and practice these basic principles of leadership.
One more thing Senator Cotton. Many older WASP, and nostalgic Caucasian Manifest Destiny acolytes who don't read anything except the Sunday comics and who think at the cold fusion, Maginot Line, cargo-cult, flat world, level of thinking don't realize this past election cycle may have been their last best hope to reclaim the America they learned about watching 1940's and 50's Hollywood movies and TV shows. The sad thing is, they are not even aware the America they dream of never really existed for most non-WASP Americans. That old America is past the apex and headed, inexorably, in a new direction. Don't believe it? Read the facts. For starters, go to - pewresearch.org - and read the article, '10 demographic trends that are shaping the U.S. and the world'. Donald Trump is not the problem, but only a knee-jerk reaction of the rigid 'good-old-boy social and political Tea Party conservatives, who think they can bring back the good-old-days by electing a shallow dangerous bully who wouldn't know 'statesmanship' if it kicked him in the hindquarters. But no matter what the day-dreaming pixilated conservative, so-called moral Right believes, this is America of the 21st century. Change is here. The America of our grandparents and of generations before them is gone forever. The social and political tsunami of change is unstoppable. In the next decade or two, many Tea Party conservatives will be retired or dead and gone. When the new generation of American political and social power gains political control, the Republican Party will pay for their wall building, radical clannish, segregationist, us-versus-them thinking.
Marc Benioff, founder of SalesForce said, "People who lose their relevance get stuck in the past because they're no longer in the present moment."
Senator Cotton, this quit possible will be a career-defining vote for you and all other members of the Republican Party. Someday there will be a single-payer system in the U.S. Will history remember you as a leader who got out in front and put the welfare of the American people first? Or will your name be lost and forgotten within the list of those utopian nostalgists who always looked back and longed for something that never existed in reality?
My wife and I ask you to please vote against the awful Graham-Cassidy proposal.

Posted by Sergeant of Marines on 09/24/2017 at 4:25 PM
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