This evening in a debate the likes of which America hasn't seen since the pre-civil war duels of Webster and Calhoun, Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) squared off battling over the fate of the Affordable Care Act. The stakes tonight are as high as they were in 1850. America stands at a precipice and the election of a Republican President in addition to the mandates given the House and Senate have provided a life line to pull us back from the brink of slavery's ugly 20th century iteration: Socialism. And as of tonight our nation is every bit as divided as it was 166 years ago.
Lanterns' Contributor KE Dean provided the highlights to our audience by Live Tweet.:
Senator Sanders introduced his interpretation of America's problem. That we don't consider healthcare (which is a service provided by healthcare workers and physicians) is a right. Yes, his argument is that we are legally entitled to the labor of other people. This in fact would place our medical practitioners into servitude to "the people" and the government.
In a staggering opening salvo Senator Cruz wasted no time identifying the fatal flaw of government healthcare regulation, it's brutal unflinching inefficiency at the cost of human lives.
Senator Sanders frequently referenced the Canadian and European National Healthcare systems as positive models that we should aspire to emulate to which Senator Cruz was quick to risposte clearly referencing the 2016 Republican Primary contraversy of his birthplace.
"“I know quite a bit about Canadian health care.”
KE Dean couldn't resist the ascerbic remark and niether could I.
As the debate waged on more references were made to the socialized systems abroad, specifically the Denmark plan to the point that CNN's Dana Bash had to re-direct..
The debate was very reminiscent of a bullfight, Sanders charging at Senator Cruz again and again with accusations of lost coverage and death approaching at the GOP's hands. The champion Harvard debator skillfully maneuvered past to land his final blows in the
- Tercio de Muerte ("third of death") the final phase of the fight.
And perhaps mercifully the battle was over.
This was the debate America needed from the 2016 Presidential Election and didn't recieve. This is the conversation that America needs: will we continue to be the beacon of freedom in a world filled with over-reaching increasingly intrusive governments? Or will we descend to join them in collectivism, complacency and the slow death and soft discrimination of low expectations. Senator Sanders would relieve the American people of their liberty to direct their own health care. Senator Cruz suggests that as a nation of free people we have not only the right, but the ability to manage our own lives. Time will tell the path we choose, our children will write the story of how we stood, or surrendered in the coming days.