Monday, August 17, 2009
Change Gets Beaten by Shouts
Please, friends, don't misunderstand me. It pains me to write this post. Pains me dearly. It must be said, though. Even if it hurts.
President Barack Obama is unfortunately withering under the pressure of the Republican minority in Congress and the organized protests against health care. It's another disturbing sign of the President and the sad realities of Washington colliding head on. If he keeps this up, his re-election slogan might be "Change You Think You Might Be Able To Believe In."
President Obama has now apparently decided that the public option is expendable when it comes to health care reform. Add this to some of his balks on social issue reform, his takeback on the closing of Guantanamo Bay, and the U.S. continuing to defend and implement many Bush Administration policies, and it's starting to look like we got less than we thought we were getting.
Obama will probably be praised for being a statesmen and the right will celebrate a victory over the public option. Democrats will spin it in just the same way they have spun the President's other controversial policy decisions and try to salvage some face for the President over this mess, but there is no face this round. He flat out lost this round of the political game in a round that shouldn't have been a game at all.
President Obama is now feeling the same grittle marks on his behind that President Clinton felt after his health care reform initiative was gutted back in 1994. Granted, it hasn't all been the President's fault. As Republicans point out, the President didn't need one of their party's votes to pass health care reform. Instead, his own party deserted him. Democrats and some "Democrats In Name Only" left the coalition or believed the crazy right wing protests and organized "mis" and "dis" information campaigns.
Instead of being taken down by a reasoned discussion of the merits of this policy, the President has been defeated by Sarah Palin's crazy tweets, rumors of death panels, an overall lack of education on the reform effort's merits, and more shouting than on Wall Street on a major trading day. It's a sad, sorry, and depressing state of affairs.
Instead of real health care reform, we are going to get a watered down version of it, a withered apple off the tree with a few edible parts. Congratulations to the right for finally defeating the President. Looks like you win this round. I hope you all sleep better knowing that you helped make life a little more miserable for Americans desperately needing real reform.
Let me make this clear...I still support President Obama. I support him without question, and I know that the discussion on health care, social issues, and much more would have never gotten this far with John McCain and Sarah Palin in the White House. It's just incredibly frustrating for me to see this climate for change and the means to make it just get swept away by a bit of political theatre from the right wingers.
Makes me feel like Washington is the place where hope goes to die. Mr. President, I'm with you. Your supporters are with you. You tried on this issue, but I wish you would have just tried harder.
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