So begins Sunday's column by H. Brandt Ayers. His description of our imagined Brit's experience continues:
It was unthinkable to a British Conservative that millions of U.S. citizens would be left vulnerable to one illness plunging a family into a black hole of debt and humiliation. To Britons, health care is not a privilege but a necessity.
Surely, you thought as you entered the ornate caucus chamber with its gilt and giant chandeliers, what is “conservative” about threatening a worldwide recession over an act, which was approved by the Supreme Court and survived 47 attempts to kill it in Congress?
Surely, brother conservatives won’t shut down the government and push a frightened world up to the brink of the first American default on its debts, or so you thought. What was it a Tory colleague had said of Britons who pursue similarly radical positions? “Swivel-eyed loons,” he called them.
A reader who didn't identify himself left this rebuttal on our voice-mail this morning. Here's a transcript of the message:
That article that y'all had in the Sunday paper, on the Sunday editorial page - that the Tea Party is gone. Ha. Y'all day-dreaming. Wait to 2016 and 2014, and we'll see who the communists are gone cause that what's y'all are up there - communist mouthpieces.