The "right" is sorely pissed off at the Supreme Court this morning, especially that "intellectual" branch of righties known as Libertarians.
This sends a clear signal, of course, to the professional "left" in this country that all is well in the checks-and-balances charade that our government has become.
It is in a clarifying moment such as this one that I am reminded why the "left" in this country ran screaming from the "liberal" label and adopted "progessive" as the more grown-up way of describing themselves. This dates back to when William Jefferson Clinton was fighting the neo-liberal good fight and bending over backwards to show Big Business that the "left" was now mature enough to play ball with them.
We got NAFTA and the repeal of Glass-Steagall for their troubles, and a thousand other tiny cuts that has all but destroyed an effective left-wing opposition in this country. Today, the true "left" is abandoned to the streets, where the corporate media can have a field day derogating them with abandon, often using labels - anarchists! - which have been in their turn destroyed in a like fashion, the machinations of manufactured consent striking chords of perfect harmony in the dark symphony that has become political discourse in this nation.
"Has become?" My bad. This has been going on for far too long to treat this as a recent development.
In any case, to keep this short because my anger is making it very difficult to compose complete sentences at the moment:
The Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts - who is apparently the new darling of the professional left - has upheld, along with the rest of the more, shall I say, "liberal" aspects of the healthcare bill, the enforcement of purchasing a private-sector corporate product that has been foisted upon us for decades. A corporate product that has had little if any pressure for cost-containment placed upon it by us, "us" being the government that is supposed to be the "corporate" face of the public will, the government that is supposed to be more concerned with the general welfare than the profits that can be garnered by leveraging a human need. We will be commodifying
Regardless of the tedious celebrations that we might have suffered from the libertarian right, if this provision had been struck down, there would have been meaningful pressure upon the other two branches of the government to provide a truly public-spirited plan for the health and well-being of its citizens (single-payer/public-option/Medicare-for-all.) Perhaps that is a bit naive, but us moon-batty left-wingers are crazy that way.
As it stands, the Idiocracy cheers this righteous blow for "progressivism."