The Man from Washington
by James Welch
The end came easy for most of us.
Packed away in our crude beginnings
in some far corner of a flat world,
we didn’t expect much more
than firewood and buffalo robes
to keep us warm. The man came down,
a slouching dwarf with rainwater eyes,
and spoke to us. He promised
that life would go on as usual,
that treaties would be signed, and everyone–
man, woman and child–would be inoculated
against a world in which we had no part,
a world of money, promise and disease.
Last night our country’s legislation took a historic step…but I question what this exactly means. Of course I want health care for everyone and am appalled at an insurance system gone a muck with greed……..but what have we sacrificed to get this? Have we agreed to take the first steps to socialized medicine in our country and if so, is this the first step to a socialist form of government? What should we give to government to take over next?
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