A lot of excellent points raised on the last post, and a few of you even voiced opinions in favor of the opposing side that I hadn't considered.
As best put by mhale:
What a great country we live in where such different views can still coexist peacefully and express their opinions in so many forums.
(And some from other countries weighed in, too.)
I particularly liked this thought from an anonymous commenter:
As an Obama supporter, I was interested to hear in church (Roman Catholic, no less) that the church wants you to consider "life" when voting. BUT that life is just not abortion. It is health care, education, capital punishment, help for the poor, foreign affairs AND a person's character.
And this from Courtney in California where a measure to overturn gay marriage will be on the ballot:
I'm deeply in love with my partner of four years. She helps me to be a great person, and I know I want to spend the rest of my life with her. I desperately want the assurance that I will be able to see her in the hospital and help make medical decisions if necessary, the comfort of knowing that our joint assets will be protected, and the knowledge that, when we're ready, we can raise children together without fear of losing them. We hope to get married this summer, but we won't be able to do that without your help. Please do not let the opposition take this chance away from us.
But one thing I don't understand is, why has "socialism" become such a negative catchprase in the final days before the election? We are clearly a capitalist society -- as evidenced by the subprime mortgage mess and the overwhelming economic crisis it created worldwide. I don't think offering collective health care is going to suddenly change the way the majority of our system operates.
Erin from Canada offers her perspective:
Seriously, I wish more then anything that people in the US would understand that universal health care systems are a GOOD thing. They don't cost you more money, they aren't sub-par doctors or service, and we don't have crazy wait times. We get the same sort of medical help you get, only we don't have to worry about HMOs denying us.
Call me an idealist, but that would be a plus for everyone.
Besides, why can't one of the richest countries in the world collectively take care of the health of its own people? Shouldn't that be a major priority?