The cold hard truth is that health care reform is on life support, the sad reality is that health care reform doesn’t have insurance and as soon as it is stabilized it will be kicked to the curb like 30 million Americans who share it’s fate.
Healthcare reform has been demonized by the right and left, the general population is petrified. The only thing that scares them more than not having insurance or that their insurance might not be adequate is the possibility of passing meaningful reform.
Martha Coakley lost the special Senatorial election in Massachusetts to Scott Brown.
I admit that I frequently view politics as a game. Politics requires strategies that are analogous to many games and so the comparisons are familiar and comfortable. Understanding these strategies is helpful if you are going to win. Politics requires some game playing if you are going to achieve your legislative goals, you can’t legislate if you don’t win.
The beat goes on, the fight for the hearts and minds of the left between those seeking common ground to get everything we can get from a Democratic majority and those who are angry with the compromises that have occurred in that effort.
I don’t make it a habit to comment on the bloviating of Rush Limbaugh I find the exercise largely a waste of time. I admit that I have only heard Limbaugh’s radio program a few times. I also freely acknowledge that even when he doesn’t specifically try to push the envelope of shocking rhetoric, Rush still manages to strike me as remarkably cretinous, even for an ugly, fat, white guy.
Limbaugh: “Exactly. Would you trust the money’s gonna go to Haiti?”
Rush: “But would you trust that your name’s gonna end up on a mailing list for the Obama people to start asking you for campaign donations for him and other causes?”
Pat Robertson has apparently has forgotten that roughly 1800 years before the slave rebellion in Haiti his professed savior ended the ridiculous retribution of a vengeful God by dying for our sins. The blathering coming from this pathetic blowhole reveal a sanctimonious ass that doesn’t even understand the religion he would foist on others.
Any Christian leader that doesn’t aggressively denounce Mr. Robertson for distorting religion to demean and dehumanize people less fortunate that are suffering a staggering tragedy are not the Christians that they profess to be… I mean it.
The left is suffering a crisis of cohesion. We are fighting each other with ferocity normally reserved for those whose actions and beliefs offend our very sense of what it is to be a passionate and compassionate human being.
On one hand we have those who have been justifiably disappointed with the administration on a number of issues in what they thought would be a very progressive agenda. On the other hand we have a group that is justifiably upset at progressives who attack the administration in what they see as a scorched earth policy that will harm the agenda moving forward.
Both groups are correct and the intent of this post is not to convince anyone to abandon their belief or the passionate defense of that belief. The point of this post is to sow understanding. We need to debate the facts in good faith, not the fantasy we want to make those facts mean.
I do not object to someone disagreeing with a policy or decision that President Obama has made. I do not object to calling out the administration or anyone in the Democratic caucus for not representing the positions we hold or positions we thought they held.
I object when people sell that disagreement as meaning that the President is something, a sell out, corporatist, liar or pawn. Disagree with the policy, fight that policy, organize, petition, call, write, fax but leave the conjecture of what it means to history of more than twelve months.
I object when dissent turns into a 24/7 campaign to justify that conjecture about assumed meanings.
I object when the proof of the conjecture becomes more important than the actual debate about policy. No one benefits when the debate becomes about intent and not content. The focus becomes fractured the debate becomes personal, hurtful, hateful…
The President puts it as disagreeing without being disagreeable, and at the risk of once again being called a sycophant, I agree with the president.