Just the Right Touch: Healing Main St.

In Activity, Arousing, Excitement, Expanding, Growth on June 10, 2011 at 2:16 am

This week, the nurses from National Nurses United tried an emergency resuscitation March on Washington: stopping first at the Chamber of Commerce to let them know they have a bill \”Past Due\” to the American people for all the bailouts we have given to Wall St. And hand delivering the message to every congressional staffer letting them know that the only way to heal America is to heal Main St.

The way Main St. can get a pulse back is through a single-payer health care system that eliminates the expensive insurance companies and allows workers to pay directly for their own healthcare through taxes.  I am hoping that businesses will soon flock to Vermont, the first state in the union to enact single-payer.  No longer having to carry the odious burden of almost $20,000 per employee under the current private health insurance system, new and old businesses alike who set up shop there might have so much money left over they could even give their employees a raise.

With dire unemployment being unattended to by our leaders, it is our nation’s nurses that are taking to the streets to rouse them from their torpor.  Our nation cannot survive without jobs that provide tax revenues that sustain our children, parents, and grandparents.

The absence of these tax revenues in the form of non-existent jobs is a hemorrhaging of our nation, a literal bleeding to death of the common good.

To stave the bleeding, first we need direct pressure, and then a good tourniquet.  The direct pressure is our continued presence marching in the streets (next march on Wall St. June 22).  The tourniquet is a financial transaction tax on Wall St.

If jobs cannot provide the revenue we so sorely need, then the inhuman trades of computers should start returning some taxes to the government…then we would be \”rich\” enough to employ people immediately in WPA-style programs doing tornado and disaster relief all over the U.S.

The rousing, inspired, angry voices of nurses calling on Washington to heal our nation with jobs and appropriate taxation of robotic transactions on Wall St. is just what the doctor ordered: hand-delivered by nurses, with just the right touch to heal a suffering that extends far beyond the sadness and cruelties of diseases.  Our nation’s pain is not felt only in its hospital beds, and so our remedy must extend beyond the margins of the hospital to the whole of society, for the true health and flourishing of all.

  1. Great! But when this event gets the level of coverage that Weiner-gate has received, then will the average person begin to notice. The nurses have tried this before, just as we have turned out here in Madison, but unless we can make the circuit of what passes for “news”, it’s just a blip. Various pundits continually refer to the Wisconsin marches as “successful”, and yet, as we speak, the law is on the verge of taking effect and repubs are behaving as if it has. If the recalls are successful, we may be on to something that will gain us national coverage extensive enough to rouse the stupefied masses.

  2. Nice to see you back at the plate swinging for the fences, DreamsQmelia.

    It’s not the press alone that’s letting you down. After reading Chris Hedges on Truthdig this morning, with its update of Kafka for present times, I have to conclude the US has also lost, in addition to a sunlight press, its open and fair court system as the ultimate institution for the protection of human — let alone civil — rights. In light of what transpires at home in the courts and the prisons, what right have we to wag a finger at other countries?

    Those thorny but enlightened court procedures that yanked justice away from Crucifictions, Witch Trials, Star Chambers and Show Trials are being dropped one by one so that the State may once again revert to the default practices of disregard of evidence, torture, unidentified accusers, vague charges, indefinite confinement, and, as if that were not sufficient, a forced silence imposed on the larger population viewing this calamity from outside the walls of the new dungeons. The US court system may never have approached the Norman Rockwell ideal taught in civics classes and Constitutional Law forums, but now the system is moving rapidly in an opposite direction, perhaps already past the tipping point, thanks to a slew of Kafka-like legislation occasioned by the War on Terrorism. “Catcha-22” is the new principle favored by government prosecutors and the judges who bend the law with their gavels.

    Among the bloggers and the remnant of court observers still found in print there is an outpouring of commentary about what Hedges calls the “internal colonization” of empire; that is, the abuse exported out to the colonies is simultaneously being imported into the “homeland” itself. The population at large does not read the writings on the wall by the remnant of critics; or, if they do, they do not understand. It wasn’t peasants who wrote the great laws and procedures; it was the elites. But so many of the educated elites on whom the people depended have also lost their way. There are no happy endings in Kafka. What will become of us as we wake to new Monday, each more sad than the previous Mondays?

    Fear and discouragement mark the times. When will we be given the Spark that wakes this slumbering nation? Keep swinging, DreamsAmelia, but be careful on June 22.

    Jay – Ottawa

  3. Alas, Jay, I agree Chris Hedges’ latest provides a chilling, horrifying assessment of the “internal colonization of empire.”

    Hedges writes today, “The state, by making us afraid, is able to justify the disease of permanent war and the silencing of those who dare to dissent. The terrible suffering we have unleashed throughout the Middle East is rendered invisible if there is no one to decry it and document it.”

    Thus, as ever, the Catch-22 exists…. succumbing to fear is as good as being in solitary confinement for 24 hours a day for some of us. Out of the 56 signers of The Declaration of Independence, there was only one John Hancock. Nature and history both depend on variation, but only time tells whether such variation is brave or stupid, a little of both, or neither.

    Luckily my own real-life experience thus far has rewarded my activities with camaraderie and squelched fear. Being on the street with nurses is inherently comforting to me. And nurses, like women, have been agitating activists on the streets for hundreds of years.

    If we have to face the type of crackdown being seen in Syria, or the brutality along the way to the fall of Mubarak in Egypt (with continued police repression), of course my opinion may change in a heartbeat.

    But until such time, we who are active on the streets in Wisconsin, New York, D.C., wherever, will carry on, hoping that such fearful tactics would only strengthen our resolve.

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