Washington, D.C. - Finally getting what he asked for, bipartisanship, President Bush now stands ready to veto one of the few things the majority of Republicans and Democrats have come to agree upon and what the youngest and most venerable of our nation's citizens need: an increase in health insurance for the children of Americans working poor and slipping away lower class.
Like the millions of teeth that had to be pulled from the rotting mouths of American soldiers during WWII before they could effectively serve (if not an urban myth), many initially classified as "4-F" for unfit for combat because of poor health brought about by an inferior diet of the Great Depression. All the way back to the Old Testament when Jehovah commanded Moses send out 12 spies from each tribe of Israel to the land of Canaan to take a census of the strength and weakness of the tenants who occupied their promised land. Even as far back as the Greeks with their Olympics that invited friend and foe alike to participate in peaceful games, yes, but also to spot any strength and weaknesses in their allies and enemies by the physical prowess of the participants they sent to compete.
Bush just does not get that a great nation depends on thee fundamental concrete things in addition to important abstractions like liberty, which he is so willing to sacrifice for security, and that is: the wealth in its coffers, the strength of its army and the health and well being of its people.
With Bush's resistance to the bipartisan action he called of Congress, he isolated himself from his own Republican party as well as the Democrats and the American people in his threatened veto to the increase the budget for children's health insurance to the working poor and slipping away lower class.
With our national debt as high as it is, our army over extended as it is and now our children's health and well being threatened for allegedly monetary reasons and real, oh, so very real unprincipled political ideology, our nation stands never before in recent history as it dose today to open attack by a foreign army, or now days, creditors as well.
For the more immediate future, however, we face a bankruptcy proceeding of a different kind: we face one of a lack of moral conscious. If we cannot find the will to resist the temptation to live for only for ourselves today but for others tomorrow like our forbearers then we have become weak and subject ourselves to open attack by enemies.
If Bush were to realize this, he would make health insurance for all Americans apart of the military budget.