Before I start this, let me just clarify that I’m meeting Freud where he was: The cisnormative culture of the early 20th Century. Work with us here.
If you had asked Sigmund Freud, in the early 20th Century, what women want, he would have told you a penis. He was wrong. We do not want a penis.
If you ask Fox News what Democrats want, they will tell you a country just like Venezuela. Democrats want Venezuela like women want penises. That is to say, we don’t.
If men wanted to know what women wanted, they should have asked women, not Freud. Women wanted property rights, suffrage, equal pay, stuff like that. We still like all of these things.
If you want to know what Democrats want, ask your friends who are Democrats. Don’t ask Fox. Or Breitbart. Or, really, any conservative news outlet if it is currently trying to convince you that we want the U.S. to be just like Venezuela.
We do not want socialism as in the government owns all businesses. Most of us like capitalism for many things. We think it needs some regulation to protect workers, consumers, and the environment. We don’t want children laboring in factories, adulterated milk, or the air quality of pretty much any major city in Freud’s era. We support unions and tax codes that encourage businesses to invest in their workers rather than rewarding the hoarding of wealth. Hey, you’re management and/or the investor? Great. Go on lovely vacations and drive nice cars, but not if your employees are working 40 hour weeks and qualifying for food stamps. That’s all we’re sayin’.
Fox will also tell you that we want a healthcare system just like England’s. Hmmm. Well, in the U.S., the average life expectancy for both sexes is about 79. In the U.K., it’s around 82. That’s better than ours. Deaths of infants and children under five in the U.S. is roughly 6.5 in every 1,000 live births. In the U.K., it’s about 4.3. Again, better. Maternal mortality rates? In the U.S., it’s about 19 in every 100,000 live births. The U.K.: 7. I will take not dying in childbirth over a penis any day.
Still, while some of us might settle for the U.K.’s system, most of us want better. Like what? The average life expectancy in Hong Kong, Japan, and Macau is around 85. Switzerland, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Australia, the Channel Islands, and South Korea all come in around 84. Infant mortality rates in Monaco, Japan, Iceland, Singapore, Norway, Finland, Bermuda, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, South Korea, Macau, France, Spain, Aguilla, Italy, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, and Germany all fall in below 3.5 in every 1,000 live births. In Belaruse, Poland, Norway, and Italy, 3 mothers die in every 100,000 live births. In Greece, the Czech Republic, Finland, and Israel, it’s around 4. (Remember, in the U.S. it’s 19.) There are anecdotal horror stories of medical screw ups in every country; these statistics reveal the bigger picture.
So yeah, I’d take England’s system over ours, but what I really want is to look at other countries that provide free or very low cost health care, like Switzerland, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Australia, South Korea, Monaco, Japan, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Bermuda, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Macau, France, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Belaruse, and Poland (do the names of any of these countries seem familiar, like maybe you read them in the previous paragraph?) and see what we can learn from them.
You’ll note that what I want (not will just settle for) does not include England, Venezuela, or a penis.
Don’t ask Fox what Dems want; don’t ask Freud what women want. They’re both clueless.
Addendum: My bad. According to a number of conservative FB posts, if we Dems can’t get the U.K.’s system of healthcare, we want Canada’s, where people wait in lines until they die. Oh, wait… Average U.S. life expectancy: 79; Canada: 83. Child under 5 and infant mortality rate in the U.S.: 6.5 in every 1,000 live births. Canada: roughly 5. In the U.S., 19 women die in every 100,000 live births. In Canada, it’s 8.3. Apparently, Canadians wait for some things but get to live. In the U.S., survival generally depends upon income. Push comes to shove, I guess I’d rather have Canada’s healthcare than our current system or a penis, but that’s not saying much.