( – promoted by buhdydharma )
In the election of 2010, it won’t matter if you call yourself a progressive. It won’t matter if you sent a sternly worded letter to the Obama administration or denounced Republicans on the floor of the Congress for wanting people to die.
Anything goes wrong, anything at all, your fault, my fault, nobody’s fault, the American people are going to come screaming for your seats, and you’ll lose them.
It’s as simple as that.
If you don’t pass health care reform, you are going to lose the majority for a generation. If you pass a corporatist bill with mandates but no public option, you are going to lose a majority for a generation.
And if you play the kabuki of pretending to be for the American people while telling them that their rejection of people dying from lack of health care or medical bankruptcy is “not realistic” or that their wanting decent health care that the average person can afford without giving their money to criminal murder by spreadsheet companies is akin to “wanting a pony”, you are going to lose your seats. If you turncoat at the last minute and refuse to shove through a public option because it’s “not the right timing”, you’re going to suffer a humiliating defeat as a party and perhaps as an elected official.
It’s time for some goddamn respect for the American people, Congress.
And that is only the start. The American people aren’t buying “we can’t” anymore. You better. And sooner or later the “vote for us or the puppy gets it” routine will fail too. It’s already failing. One by one, people aren’t buying the pee-on-our-feet while telling us it’s raining act.
I’m talking even to you, Michael Bennett. I am talking to you too, Dianna DeGette. We want results. And more and more people are not going to be fooled by the red bull flag the Democrats wave with the Republicans acting crazy and the Democrats doing nothing about it.
If you don’t take us to a better place in this country, things are going to get a whole lot worse.
And it won’t matter whose fault it was.