…In July of 1798, Congress passed – and President John Adams signed - “An Act for the Relief of Sick and Disabled Seamen.” The law authorized the creation of a government operated marine hospital service and mandated that privately employed sailors be required to purchase health care insurance.
Keep in mind that the 5th Congress did not really need to struggle over the intentions of the drafters of the Constitutions in creating this Act as many of its members were the drafters of the Constitution.
And when the Bill came to the desk of President John Adams for signature, I think it’s safe to assume that the man in that chair had a pretty good grasp on what the framers had in mind…
”—“Congress Passes Socialized Medicine and Mandates Health Insurance - In 1798,” Forbes (via iteeth)
“Liberal linguist George Lakoff thinks liberals approach the task of public persuasion like social scientists, thinking that facts and logic will persuade, but conservatives think like marketers and understand, like the makers of an effective TV commercial, that the wires of the brain react positively and negatively to particular words and images.”—
this may just be the most concise and accurate description of why people would ever vote to the right. well, that and god told them to. … but again, i said accurate. (me)
This feels helpful to me, as someone who tries to influence public policy… an effective communicator will attempt to appeal to both emotion and logic when making an argument. But it still goes against my instinct to let logic trump emotion when making public decisions (those that affect people other than myself and my personal network).