Play Ball or Else

When I’m not busy serving as editor for Pendulum or writing books, I work on a project called the National Right which seeks to bring identity into a larger right-wing coalition to remake the Republican Party into something far more effective. Through the course of these efforts, I have the opportunity to talk to many Americans about their personal concerns, and it was these conversations which prompted our coverage of health care this week.

There are many people who really hate some things the Left does here in America, but who vote for them anyway because they literally believe their lives depend upon it. For people who suffer from chronic health conditions and do not have the means to address their needs, survival does not allow the luxury of voting against their self-interest, and for many years, the Right has taken either a legalistic or a strangely indifferent attitude toward the needs of Americans who have troubles with their health.

I sometimes hear activists from the Right tell us that we should be able to pay for our own health care. While that would be ideal, there are millions of people impacted by conditions for whom the insurance is not adequate to meet their needs, or as my family personally deals with in Chronic Lyme Disease, a growing number of strange medical maladies that are not covered at all due to administrative malfeasance. For those who have means, it is amazing how quickly these can be consumed by a health condition, and for those who don’t, the alternative that they should simply disappear or suffer is never going to prove sufficient.

Pendulum focuses on issues from a pro-White perspective, so when there are sick White people who need help, we should be paying serious attention about how we can help them if we want to reunite our people in common cause in other issues where we more readily agree. We need to show that empathy by placing our people above money, even as we recognize as all our writers do here that simply throwing money at a public policy problem does not make for an instantaneous solution. We need to be smart, but we need to be loyal and my hope has been these discussions would prompt some good ideas about tackling a very difficult issue.

As a political organizer, I can share with absolute certainty that offering better and workable solutions to these questions is vital if we’re going to reconnect White men and White women as voting partners. I personally know at least a dozen people who vote against their interest for every other issue just because of how important health care ends up being to keep these families alive, and that’s a challenge as people who support rebuilding the family, we must take up seriously.

I agree with the writers who note the obvious that if we weren’t paying for so many people who do not belong here, including both illegal aliens as well as the ridiculously high rate of legal immigrants who are a drain on our social welfare, we could do a far better job. I like the idea as McGehee shared about free association plans, and think Mahler’s suggestion of how we should require Americans not be milked for the global cost of pharmaceuticals also be used to provide some relief. But what I want to stress in my words for this topic, as someone who has much personal experience but perhaps not the deepest policy knowledge, is the importance of offering real solutions.

I know the Constitution doesn’t provide for health care. I know the government does a bad job with the issue. I like private insurance better also. But between hope and no hope, our people are always going to choose hope and the idea that something is better than nothing. We have to remember government exists because there are times where public demand for action is so high that even poor action is deemed superior to no action, and when it comes to matters of life, death, and health, any person with a heart can understand how this issue will always recur.

If we care for our people’s lives and our future, then we must invest in our health. My personal sense of things is we need to invest much more upfront in making sure the goods we consume are healthy, to have a better understanding of how additives, radiation, and other factors in environment are negatively impacting us, and start earlier in seeking health so the cost does not spiral out of control. But even when it does, I think we must still be there if we will be loyal to our people, and that value is not one upon which I am prepared to place any price.

Because if we don’t care, others will pretend they do.