Friday, October 12, 2007

Wurf While: Congressman Judy Biggert Why Aren’t You Proud To Be An American?

Wurf While seems over reaching just a bit here asking: Congressman Judy Biggert Why Aren’t You Proud To Be An American?

The merits of expanding SCHIP to the middle classes just doesn't seem the decisive issue. Certainly not decisive enough to differentiate the American from the UnAmerican. (Right Wing NutHouse covers SCHIP expansion nicely here by the way. He expressed my thoughts on the policy.)

I'd argue the progressive stand is to be more concerned about the 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 kids (estimates vary) already eligible for Medicaid who fall through the cracks. Outreach to poor kids seems more important than expansion to wealthier families. But I won't call you UnAmerican for disagreeing with me about it either.

Why Cook County built Stroger hospital vs more community clinics another decision that ought to give progressives pause as to who public expenditures for health care really benefit.

Anyway, since her Americanism questioned, I'd suggest Biggert answer with Illinois's Harold Ickes's What is an American? My post on it generates some of the most hits on my blog.

Here's Icke's' final words as true now as they were in May 1941,
What constitutes an American? Not color nor race nor religion. Not the pedigree of his family nor the place of his birth. Not the coincidence of his citizenship. Not his social status nor his bank account. Not his trade nor his profession. An American is one who loves justice and believes in the dignity of man. An American is one who will fight for his freedom and that of his neighbor. An American is one who will sacrifice property, ease and security in order that he and his children may retain the rights of free men. An American is one in whose heart is engraved the immortal second sentence of the Declaration of Independence.

Americans have always known how to fight for their rights and their way of life. Americans are not afraid to fight. They fight joyously in a just cause.

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