Friday, August 07, 2009

Nasty, Brutish and Short

Leviathan Thomas Hobbes, 1651

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In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes presents a sad picture of the nature of mankind: “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.” Back in the days of Bellum omnium contra omnes ("the war of all against all") you could define “health care” as a strong arm, a fast mind and a sharp stick. Better sharpen those sticks, folks, it looks like "the war of all against all" is back again.

It seems everybody is plagued by signs and portents of a fascistic coup. Rush Limbaugh is seeing Nazi eagles in the Greek caduceus and Rep. Brian Baird is hiding from brownshirts. Those not seeing apparitions of Hitler (or the Joker) seem to be obsessed with Astroturf.

How will it all end? After all the carefully staged theatrics and “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” orations are at an end, Pres. Obama will warm up the Executive Pen and sign off on his own Healthcare Package, making it an Executive Order. This will be followed quickly by a stern, fatherly speech on the theme of “Now look what you made me do.”

The skies will part, angels will sing and the Republican Brownshirts will be taken up by the Rapture. Democrats will raise high their Nazi Caduceii(?) and align with the Planetary Intelligence. The rest of us will bear witness to the Miracle of Astroturf turned to (purely medicinal) Marijuana.

The petty bickering will cease and the output of carbon dioxide will suddenly drop by two-thirds, quickly killing most plant life. The death of most animal species (us included) will follow soon after. Better sharpen those sticks.

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