John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress, one day before he died last week:
One of the advantages to knowing that your demise is imminent, and
that reports of it will not be greatly exaggerated, is that you
have a few moments to compose some parting thoughts. […]
My personal and political character was formed in a different era
that was kinder, if not necessarily gentler. We observed modicums
of respect even as we fought, often bitterly and savagely, over
issues that were literally life and death to a degree that —
fortunately — we see much less of today.
Think about it:
Impoverishment of the elderly because of medical expenses was a
common and often accepted occurrence. Opponents of the Medicare
program that saved the elderly from that cruel fate called it
“socialized medicine.” Remember that slander if there’s a
sustained revival of silly red-baiting today.