It really isn't even worth that much. My contribution, that is.
What I want to know is, why is it when thousands and thousands of people march in protests against going to war do we still go to war, but when hundreds and hundreds of people yell about health care we back off. Does it have something to do with being yelled at personally? Surely professional politicians are used to being yelled at. Surely they know that for every one person who yells, there are probably many more who aren't making a fuss, who are either for or against or unclear on the legislation.
I wonder if it has something to do with this being something that is close instead of far, affecting me instead of them. I remember a couple of years ago when the youth group from Christ Church offered a diocesan resolution that encouraged every parish to change one--ONE--lightbulb to an energy-efficient fluorescent. There was more debate over that resolution than about immigration reform. Why? I suspect it was because this was a resolution that actually asked the people in the room to change (in this case a lightbulb), to do something. Most of these other resolutions didn't require anything of us and passed with barely a squeak. Suddenly, when the people in the room were being asked to take action, oh the outcry over what this would cost, is it really better for the environment, the mercury in the lightbulbs...I couldn't believe it.
Don't get me wrong: the majority of the people in the room were supportive, and it passed with no problem. But it brought home to me how much easier it is for anyone--I don't care where you are on the political spectrum--to support a program or a cause or a policy when it makes no nevermind for you.
What boggles my mind though is when people who will be helped by health care reform are arguing against it. And I really wish some of our folks in Washington were willing to be grownups about it and not simply give in to people who are having tantrums.
My lack of contribution to this topic is now complete.