JIM CREES: A little proportion, please!

I guess it’s simply a sense of proportion ...or lack thereof.

Some of our more conservative brethren in Congress are working well overtime in order to try and explain their actions regarding the government shutdown.

More to the point, they are spinning like a top when they struggle to explain how passing even a stop-gap budget to keep the federal government open is somehow connected to dealing with the Affordable Care Act — or as it is better known, Obamacare.

Since there really is no way to sensibly connect not approving funding to keep the government running, (or at this stage to get it running again!), and the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, (however that might happen), the GOP, and specifically the Tea Party factionaires resort to the good ol’ “OH MY GOD, THE WORLD IS GOING TO END IF THIS LAW GOES INTO EFFECT AND WE’RE ALL GOING TO DIE SLOW AN MISERABLE DEATHS” tactic.

They make passage of the Affordable Care Act out to be some sort of precursor to a installment of “Walking Dead.”

And ... folks believe it! That’s what’s sad.

I mean really, you can agree or disagree with governmental policies one way or the other, but to make this stuff some kind of an affront to God’s will and order on Earth ...C’mon! Gimme a break. There have been some pretty odd and even offensive things said over the past few weeks.

Just as an example of the silliness:

U.S. Rep. William O’Brien said in an interview that the passage of the Affordable Care Act is tantamount to laws passed in support of slavery

“Just as the Fugitive Slave Act was an overreach by the federal government, so too we understand that Obamacare is an assault on the rights of individuals,” he said while taking part in absolutely hysterical debate and discussion sessions this past week


But few of the GOP brethren can outdo Rep. Todd Rokita of Indiana when it comes to ... um ... er ... hyperbole.

While taking part in the verbal free-for-all, Rokita noted, “We just want to help the American people to get through one of the most insidious laws created by man — that is Obamacare.”


Now, keep in mind that “Obamacare” — whether you agree or not - is basically a law designed to improve healthcare options for millions of Americans.

Again, you may agree with the theory and policy, or you may not. That’s your right.

But ...

To say the Affordable Care Act is “ ... one of the most insidious laws created by man ...” is a horrifying stretch.

How about, let’s say, the Nuremberg Laws of 1935. These laws, — “created by man” - were the first in a series of anti-Semitic laws in Nazi Germany. They were directed specifically at Jews and laid the groundwork for continuing laws which ultimately led to Hitler’s Final Solution — the murder of most of Europe’s Jewish pollution.

I think these were a smidge more “insidious” than the Affordable Care Act.

Or, let’s stick a little closer to home.

What about the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.

This led to one of, if not the most oppressive restrictions of immigration by a specific ethnic group in American, or any nation’s history.

It destroyed communities; broke up families; and ruined countless lives.

And, by the way, it wasn’t completely repealed until 1967.

It was a law “... created by man ...”

Less insidious than “Obamacare”? I doubt it.

What about Executive Order 9066, signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt which authorized the imprisonment of over 110,000 American residents of Japanese origin and heritage for years and under horrible conditions during World War Two. (Over 60 percent were full-fledged citizens of the U.S.)

These Americans lost hundreds of millions of dollars in personal property and lost businesses and homes, and were only reimbursed pennies on the dollar.

Hundreds of Japanese Americans died in this camps, and all the while their sons were fighting in the American armed forces in both Europe and the Pacific theaters.

Executive Order 9066 was a law “... created by man ...”

Can “Obamacare” be compared to the insidiousness of this “law.”


But Rokita would have you believe that the Affordable Care Act is THE worst law in the history of mankind, and people get all excited and believe him and his Tea Party buddies.

Insidious laws??? I can name a few.

But the GOP team actually come out and say “Obamacare” is not only against the laws of man, it is against the laws of God.

What a bunch of shinola.


I would like to send a loving and sincere ‘shout out’ to a loyal reader of this column — Mrs. Dorothy Upp, a 103-year old thinker who may not always agree with me, but is always willing to consider my often rambling thoughts with care, compassion, and civility.

Ms. Upp presently resides in Okemos and will be celebrating her 103rd birthday on Oct. 26.

She resides at Okemos Health and Rehabilitation, 5211 Marsh Road, Room 422, Okemos, MI 48864.

God bless you, Ms. Upp. I’m thrilled to think of myself as your friend.

Jim Crees