C-span broadcast the frothy surface of the Great Debate on health care reform.
The superficial debate in the House isn't the Great Debate I refer to, though it can be interesting to see just what your own representative is saying. Neither is the Great Debate those discussions and debates conducted in blogs and think tanks and staff meetings.
The real Great Debate is still progressing within the minds and hearts of many Americans across the country.
If you ask a neighbor what should be done about health care, and if neither of you are in a hurry and you show a willingness to listen, you may well hear a more nuanced view than many of the two minute shots from Congress. Often, deeper philosophical points will be raised. None of us live forever. You can't take it with you. And that's only the beginning.
It is one of the greatest debates that can happen, because it is a debate about whether or not we want to be a community as a nation. Will we be only an alliance of loosely related and separate communities, or will we think of all Americans as a part of our own personal community?
Do we want to join together, as a nation, to include everyone in our community and take care of them in terms of health care?
This is the real debate.
This reminds me of a famous question along these lines asked long, long ago.
It is one of the ultimate human questions, and it was asked directly to the deity:
"Am I my brother's keeper?"