We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The idea of America and moral relativism, from neoneo. A quote:
The United States is not just a country bound together by a common language or birthplace, as is the case with most other nations. There is something in American thought that is, in a sense, inherently proselytizing, and that is this idea of liberty and equality of opportunity as a great good for all humankind. And indeed, Americans did not hesitate to fight for their own liberty, and have not hesitated—especially since the twentieth century—to use military force at times to protect liberty around the world. This certainly isn’t in line with moral relativism.
The Powerline article shows another example of leftist facism and anti-Semitism. The Ms rep says that they would have taken an ad that shows womens empowerment or something dealing with reproductive freedom. What the hell does an ad that shows three women in high positions within the Israeli gov do, but show empowerment for women. Anti-Semitism pure and simple.
Interesting article on health insurance. I always wondered how it all ended up so complicated and that article explains it.
But as to info on Canadian health care system it is a little bit skimpy. The Canadian federal government collects income taxes and sends the portion of the federal budget allocated for health care to each province. The provinces must be in compliance with federal laws but health care is a provincial jurisdiction and is administered by the provinces. Some provinces will also charge extra monthly fees for health insurance and some do not. Health care ‘authorities’ in B.C. are regional. Regions are funded by the province and regions decide how and where to spend (and cut). The recent problems with operating rooms is often not that there are no operating rooms but that there is not enough staff. Regions budget can’t afford as much staff as they would like after 8-4 or maybe not enough staff available for all post op care required either so might see expensive empty hospital beds with no staff. And I think the Quebec (!!) courts have recently declared government cannot deny doctors the right to private practice or patients the right to buy private care so it looks like the federal government will soon have to change that legislation. Also, have had walk in clinics for awhile. They are very well used.
The US can and did hesitate multiple times in the 20th century to uphold liberty overseas: Ottoman Empire - 1918, Haiti - 1915-34 (gave it up as a bad job, to return multiple times to give it up as a bad job), Eastern Europe post-WWII (where was that military force to protect Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria), The Balkans (and still not protecting it there even with troops), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iran, Argentina, Panama, Cuba, Somalia, Rwanda, Kenya, Afghanistan, North Korea... Germany took a 'do-over'. And we did nothing when India would stand up a democracy to be attacked by Pakistan... save side with Pakistan. That is not supporting democracy and liberty, but betraying a democratic Nation working hard to support and increase the liberty of her people while under attack from tyrants, Communists and radical islamic groups. We sided with the folks supporting those latter organizations.
The actual list of where the US has successfully protected liberty: Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemborg, Italy, Japan, Philippines, South Korea.
All that lovely 'peace keeping' in The Balkans has not yielded liberty, but ethnic strife, the expansion of Iranian Hezbollah cells, and putting us, today, on the verge of trying to create a Kosovo that will be led by the man who led the al Qaeda supported KLA.
Perhaps we can do a bit more of this teaching and supporting business, and less of this intervening business as we aren't so good about it. We cannot create liberty for others, but help them find it? Yes. And support that instead of tyrants, despots and dictators of convenience.
"America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. She is the well-wisher to freedom and independence of all. She is the champion and vindicator only of her own." - John Quincy Adams