I was musing about the collosal failure that was the AHCA. Not from the moment the Republicans pulled it yesterday, but from the beginning.
From the very first intention to defeat the ACA rather than working to build something with their fellow Americans across the aisle.
And through a messy rollout, there were no overtures to improve it, just a lusty zeal to repeal, to strike back at a president they couldn’t afford to allow a signature policy victory to stand on.
Obamacare was, and remains, flawed. But our collective mistake is not realizing that like Rome, American was not founded in a single day. It was not perfected in the first 100 days of Washington’s presidency not any presidency since.
America is far from perfect, though it remains the shiniest example of hope in the world.
This is why so many people around the world care about what happens to America and its leadership.
That leadership is completely broken on both sides, as evidenced by what has become a fandome of failure. We celebrate defeats, rather than realizing they were opportunities to work together for a better future.
Sadly our lawmaking body is an ideological fringe of society that is legislating its own interests rather than the interests of a diverse and rapidly changing America.
We have lost our ability to control them through voting, because as a whole, they have been bought off by special interests that have walled them off to protect their influence.
This has been proven time and time again during the last ten years and summed up perfectly by the Randian Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.
“We were a 10-year opposition party,” Ryan said. “GOP has to become a governing party, but we weren’t there today.”
Democrats do not hold the high ground, morally. They whine and pander to a set of special interests as equally unconcerned about everyday Americans as those who own the GOP. In some cases, they are the very same special interests.
Healthcare is vital to keeping America great. The ridiculous notion that America was once great and has fallen away from that was another in a long string of lies sold to a generation of Americans hooked on reality television and corn syrup like a national heroin epidemic.
Greatness was not achieved after the Revolutionary War or on July 4th, 1776. It was not solidified in the forced unity of the aftermath of the Civil War or in the patriotism that followed the victories in the great World Wars of the 20th Century.
Greatness is the ongoing experiment of America that is found in our collective response to the trials and tribulations that we face as a fractured world and a species.
We were not great in the way that something is finished. We are great, because we remain unfishished, because we are not done, because we are pliable and able to mold ourselves into revolutionaries and heroes and powerful leaders.
If we, represented by people we empower to speak for us, work together to build a framework for healthcare that improves the lives of every American without serving corporate interests, then we build something into the beautiful quilt of our story. We honor the stripes and the stars of our flag and the sacrifices that our men and women have made in service of this ongoing experiment.
Alternatively, we continue to fight, divided up and bitter to our core, fed on false narratives of wide gaps in our experiences living on the same ground in a coutry our immigrant fathers worked together to build.
Like Rome, we fall into disrepair, unable to fight off the Barbarians of our own making in climate change and wealth inequality and a host of other issues eating at us like a cancer.
Yesterday was not a victory for Obamacare or Democrats or for some random number of Americans who are in need of something like ACA.
It was an opportunity to recognize just how bad we have become at governing ourselves effectively. It was a day to watch the lies exposed and to look for the hard truth in between the broken promises.
It was a chance to stop working against ourselves and to join together to take the base of this sandcastle and to craft it into something that can withstand the wind and waves.
There’s a good chance we’ll look back on this and see it as either a turning point or a missed opportunity. The good work of an unfinished experiment in greatness can and should continue. We have big fish to fry.