I voted. Now it’s your turn.
I voted. Now it’s your turn.
A few weeks ago, I wrote this in a blog post:
Barrack Obama let me down, and I only have myself to blame.
I was–and continue to be–upset at how Obama went to the center. I knew when I voted for Obama that if he was not held accountable by the “Professional Left” he would have to go right. I was shocked, perhaps naively, at how quickly he pushed Right.
Conservative thinking has eliminated the budget surplus and launched two wars. Conservative thinking continues to: oppresses up to 10% of the population, give free reign to “Special Interests” to flood money into the electoral system, removes female agency and labels government services as “Big Government.” Why the fuck would anyone in the liberal sphere go Right?
Obama did so to encourage bipartisanship. He has been met with Birthers, Tea Partiers and out right lies. Bipartisanship requires two parties–and the Right is not interested in compromise, cooperation or collaboration. This isn’t new. The modern Republican party is built on destroying the reputation and history of the progressive movement. They are worse than do-nothings. They are, in short, reactionaries.
What has me thrilled is Obama’s new-campaign rhetoric. Liberals and Progressives need to assert themselves in the face of the liars, blowhards, Palins and Becks. Callin’ Golf Pro-Boehner out is a good first step. But it is only a first step. Liberals and progressives need to support our representatives and hold them accountable. Otherwise this first step won’t get us anywhere closer to where we need to be.
A few months ago, Shannon showed me a clip of Anthony Weiner in the House of Representatives ripping into Congressional Republicans–twice in the same alloted time span–for being fraudulent bastards. He’s done it again. This time, he cut into Republicans who did not want to give aid to 9/11 workers who are now sick because of said work–then blamed Democrats for the delay. Here’s a bit of what he wrote for the Op-Ed Piece:
Instead of engaging in a real debate about how to address the challenges we face, Republicans have turned to obstruction, no matter the issue, and then cry foul after the fact. They claim to want an open legislative process with more consultation and debate, but the truth is they simply don’t want to pass anything.
The more I read about this particular rep, the better I feel about Democrats.
Roberts said Tuesday that he was “very troubled” by the “setting, circumstance and decorum” of the State of the Union speech, where justices are forced to sit expressionless while Congress “literally surrounds them,” at times cheering and hollering.
Six of the nine justices of the Supreme Court were sitting in the audience, and the cameras captured Justice Samuel Alito shaking his head in disagreement when Obama said, “With all due deference to separation of powers, last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law that I believe will open the floodgates.”
A Judge is supposed to be impartial. Given that a Supreme Court Justice is the epitome of the Judicial Branch, they should exemplify this behavior. Its they’re goddamn job to be professional when others are “cheering, hollering” or applauding.
If a justice applauded when Obama talked about Health Care Reform, he or she would be lambasted by the Right. I have no doubt in my mind that Chief Justice Roberts would lead that charge. His complaint about “the decorum” is utter and total bullshit.
I’m a big fan of plans. I like case plans, treatment plans, plans for the weekend, plans to hang out (online, at a bar, at a show). Hell, I make plans on the way home, “First I’ll do the dishes, then I’ll get some water. I’ll play/read/write till dinner…” etc, etc.
I had planned, this month, to write up on the war, health care and a few other things. At least, that was the plan. On Monday things changed dramatically. If I could write it all up, I would, but I value confidentiality more than I value a good blog post. Confidentiality is only one part of this equation. Respect for the others involved is the other.
While I have decided to stop beating myself up over this–as this particular change was not my fault–it is going to take some time before I’m back on my game. While I plan on getting back into the swing of things by reading up on the war, health care and Woody Gutherie, it maybe some time before I completely shake this funk.
On the surface, it appears that Health care and Afghanistan have one detail in common: money. How we pay for health care reform and the war is only one part of the equation. Who profits from these changes should be the second question. There is at least one other detail both plans share:
Both are throwing women under the bus.
Our vaunted health care reform seems to be removing federal dollars for abortion. The Afghan government has a less than stellar record for women’s rights. Neither health care reform nor the war in Afghanistan can succeed without taking into account what women need. Any attempt to secure some other goal–expanded coverage or more security–at the expense of women is not progress. It is regress.
So guess what I’m going to look into for December? Health Care and the War. Feel free to send me any links you think I need to read.
To be blunt: I am thousands of words behind. I will update the official site tomorrow morning, after I dedicate hours and hours of writing today.
I’m really looking forward to writing up the characters inspired by my parents. They deserve a book of their own.