Inside the Supreme Court, attorneys argued the merits of an arcane 19th century taxation statue; while outside the courtroom arguments were of far greater entertainment value:
Sign: “What sick bastard would want to provide free health care?”
So said the sign, complete with portrait of Jesus, displayed by Yasemin Ayarci, an Obamacare proponent outside the Supreme Court this week as they debated the constitutionality of Health Care Reform.
Bravely or stupidly, Ayarci waded into a group of Tea Partiers, all white, all middle-aged or older, mostly religious, with her sign held high. One large man, temper lost to the crowd, rushed her and had to be restrained. I assume they stopped him from washing her feet and soothing her blisters before heading over to the soup kitchen to feed the hungry (though I could be wrong on that last part).
Sign: “Obamacare is a cancer.”
You know what a cancer is? It’s an insipid, indiscriminate disease that ruins lives and families, affecting all income brackets and lifestyles. One of the richest men in the world recently died from it. At least, he could afford to fight it for a while as my own father did. Without a weapon in the battle, however, we may as well bare our necks to its blade. A fighting chance is only given to those with means in this country.
Sign: “I’m so angry I made a sign.”
This is the most honest placard out there. Anger is at once a uniting and divisive emotion. Add a soupcon of fear and we have mobs with pitchforks or, in the case of this SCOTUS deliberation, poster board on sticks. People are angry that we become ill, that care costs money, and that we may have to chip in for some reprobate’s doctoring. Personally, I become offended that I make an effort to eat right and care for myself but am still sick while someone else is slowly killing himself with cigarettes and processed junk food without a thought to what he is doing.
Becoming frustrated over happenings beyond our control or capacity to fix is our great commonality. Things don’t always get better but they don’t always get worse either. Fair or not, we have to leave this up to the Supreme Court. If we don’t like their decision, we can always make more signs.