Thursday, September 30, 2010

I MADE IT TO MEDICARE



STARTING OCTOBER 1ST I WILL NO LONGER FEAR LOSING EVERYTHING I OWN TO PAY FOR MEDICAL EXPENSES




I never thought that day would come…My birthday is October 25th but I begin to be covered on October 1st. All of this time I have lived the agony that millions of Americans face each day…to be without health insurance and face a catastrophic illness.

And yet, The Republicans are saying that Medicare and Social Security are not sustainable, that they are costing too much and are a drain on the nation’s budget. Of course they don’t say that two stupid, unnecessary wars that cost our country lives and treasure are a drain 100 times larger…no, they will not admit to that nor will they admit that they lied to America to get us into those wars.

If Republicans had their way…and listening to them will give you a clue; they will SHUT DOWN the government if they win a majority in Congress…and they will push to PRIVATIZE SOCIAL SECURITY. No, thank you, leave those alone…we all saw how our pensions and 401Ks were decimated in this last economic free for all…I had both of them lost and now I depend on SOCIAL SECURITY only to survive. This, from a person who worked hard all of his life, didn’t squander a penny, saved to secure my retirement and some Wall Street asshole now has that money…because the money was there.



If they succeed in ending Medicare we are going to see a lot of seniors dropping off like flies. Ailments that could be controlled will take lives and those that could be prevented or treated will kill millions…even such simple sickness as a common cold or an ingrown toe nail. That is the prevailing ideology of Republicans…leave everything to the free enterprise system and it will take care of itself…of course, they also insist in running a welfare program for the very rich.

Yes, the Republicans begrudge a few billion dollars our country spends on safety nets like Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment Benefits while they squander our young men and women's lives and our treasure in unnecessary wars and those cost trillions.


I am afraid that the CLASS WARFARE has been going on for quite some time now and the top richest segment of our country has defeated the other 98% of Americans. TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS didn’t work then and it will not work now.

SOME IMAGES GO TOGETHER


WHEN I HEAR "CHURCH, RELIGION" I THINK OF THE ABOVE IMAGE


WHAT POPS UP IN YOUR MIND


WHEN THEY SAY A WORD


OR A PHRASE LIKE “TEA PARTY”?


Certainly it is not wise to generalize…the odds of you being correct diminish when you do that. But I can’t help it when I play a word association game or even an image that is linked to an idea, a person or some political ideology…Even religion has that same effect on me.

For example: When I see this flag:

I associate it with a pickup truck with riffle racks in the back

Other words or phrases associated in my mind with these images: Redneck, racism, Apalachia, Alabama, Texas, Arizona, shit kicker, trailer trash, incest, illiteracy, ignorance.

Or for example; when I think of racist and xenophobes I get images in my mind of these people:

When I think of the worst Presidents America has had I immediately think:











Dishonest, incompetent, arrogant, inarticulate, (Bush) elitists, demagogue, simplistic (Reagan) Dishonest, unconstitutional (Nixon) and I try to figure out which one was the worst


The word HOMOPHOBIA brings these images to my mind:







Anita Bryant, Carrie Prajean...Dum cunts, 15 minutes of fame

Immigration and illegal aliens make me think of these:










Opportunist fear mongering, xenophobia, racial profiling, “show me your papers”


Intolerance and hate:


















Mathew Shepperd, Harvey Milk, Homophobia, Mormons, Evangelicals, hate crimes, hollier than thou, power hungry opportunists


The Tea Bag Party by far has the most abundant image recall for me, next to religion I see a lot of ignorance and misspelled signs; I think of mentally unstable people, I think of misinformed, ignorant people who defend the rich even when they don’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of.















Then I think of NO GOVERNMENT, elimination of Social Security and Medicare which then takes me to a country without government like Somalia



When somebody says Fidel Castro…I think Hugo Chavez









Repression, tyranny, no private property, lack of freedom, demagoguery;

And all the dead from their misguided ideology:



I hear “OIL COMPANIES” and I think:








Then the phrase “Drill, baby drill”

And Sarah Palin’s photo pops up in my mind



I hear Cheney speak and I think:

War and misery, so that people like him can get richer



When I think of religion, I know there are some that are worse than others but the first thing that comes to my mind is: THE INQUISITION, then followed by MOLESTATION OF ALTAR BOYS, and eventually I get to thinking about the Morons MORMONS and their using church funds to outlaw gay marriage in California.











The word THEOCRACY comes to my mind…along with executions of gays, Mormons spending millions from tax exempt funds to promote hate and take away human rights

I think that because I am an artist that I value imagery a lot. I think that illustrating an idea with pictures is always effective. Maybe with this into consideration you may get a better idea how my mind works.