Below were my words, written on March 23, 2017, in response to Jay Bookman’s words regarding the Republican model for healthcare for Americans: (Link to Bookman’s blog on the subject of eliminating Obamacare: http://jaybookman.blog.myajc.com/2017/03/23/opinion-winners-in-health-reform-probably-dont-include-you/ )
They refuse to see it because they live by their purist creeds which many call dogma. They have not the imagination to see what their stubborn insistence that every man and woman take care of himself or herself alone, without any governmental support, does ultimately to the souls of individuals. It makes them mean spiritually, tough to the point of cruelty in backing those rigid beliefs, and naive to what they are doing to others (Gorsuch showed signs of that when he made that decision regarding the truck driver in spite of his charming ways and his ready intelligence. Al Franken saw that kind of mind in a flash.)
Back to Thomas Jefferson’s vision.
Only a mind as brilliant and a soul as caring as Jefferson’s could have made America (and thus the world) be forced to accept the greatest dichotomy and paradox in the world, through the force and power of his commitment to these two very American concepts being joined forever in the world’s history.
Liberty and Egalitarianism. “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. . . governments are created to ensure these rights.”
It is up to this generation, us, to see that Jefferson’s vision for humankind lives.
Another poster’s response to Mary Elizabeth:
“Sorry MES, agree with most you say, but, don’t find Jefferson the wunderman you did. And I too have read extensively of his life and the Colonial period. He was a mediocre president at best. His chief accomplishent was the Louisiana Pruchase. And that fell in his lap.”
Mary Elizabeth’s Response to that poster’s remarks:
“Evidently, you assess only in terms of actions alone and not, also, in terms of mind/spirit. I would remind you that Jefferson left off of his tombstone any political office he ever held, and instead focused on the his ‘actions’ of having written the Declaration of Independence for humanity’s posterity, having penned the Virginia statue for religious liberty, modeled for all times, and having founded the University of Virginia, as a reflection of his belief that the mind/spirit must be cultivated through higher education for democracy to prevail.”
The other posters response: “I do. He may have a great mind, but, he didn’t release his slaves. Even his family. Maybe a good spirit, but, actions speak volumes.”
Mary Elizabeth’s response to the other poster’s remarks: “I wish I could get you to think with complexity instead of through stereotypes. You have the potential for it.”