PCIntern (1000+ posts) Sat Jun-14-08 06:42 PM
Strange talk with a RW patient and epiphany therefrom:
A couple days ago, a gentleman came to see me for a dental clearance for prosthetic hip surgery. This is required by the orthopedist, for should there be an active, significant dental abscess, the bacteria could take up residence on the new hip and cause a catastrophe. I have treated this man and his family for more than twenty years - he is a retired firefighter and a real physical guy: he has a bone-crushing handshake and looks like he could bench-press 500 pounds or more.
He is also a right-winger of the first order. You all know the type.
We get along because he really is a moral man and has a terrific family of honest, hard-working (difficult to use that phrase these days) people. He told me a story.....
I listened to him sympathetically and then he said the magic words with a sneer:
"...and the Clintons were supposed to have FIXED health care!"
It was my turn. I gently said, "but gee, I thought everyone
agreed that they STOPPED the Clintons from 'fixing' health care. I thought it was the major defeat which was acknowledged by everyone to be a big problem for the Clintons and actually led to the eventual downfall of all health care reform in the decade and beyond." I was very nice about it and sort of perplexed, as it were, by his statement. He said absolutely nothing...changed the subject.
And then I realized...when you walk down the street and see the faceless ones, the people with the blank stare headed somewhere, you have to realize at times that the powers-that-be give not one whit for them. They know that they're content with their 'fashion' and their 'sports' and their 'music' and their movies and their TV. They are reliably unexcited and really do not care about issues, morality, wars, mis-counted votes, Supreme Court decisions. until and unless it affects them directly
- and I don't mean that in an esoteric sense, I'm referring to direct unabridged contact. And then they get it wrong every time because...as the great Mel Brooks stated in his film Spaceballs: Evil will always win out over Good, because Good is dumb.
And so it goes...most of what we do to change people's minds is tantamount to peeing into the wind
, but sometimes, you get through. Please let me know when someone manages...I like to hear success stories.