I will not back across this line

January 25, 2010 by barbara

barbara writes

(Cranky alert: barbara is somewhat riled.)

Tomorrow (Tuesday), for the first time in a very long time, I’m heading out to do an activist gig.

MoveOn leaned on its members to show up at Al Franken’s office to underscore the fact that the time for Dems’ backpedaling needs to come to a halt. (10:00 a.m., 60 East Plato Blvd., Suite 220, St. Paul.)

Particular focus this time around is on health care reform. Signals from the White House (and what’s up with the signals thingie anyway? One if by land, two if by Drone?) and elsewhere apparently suggest they’re prepared to back off even farther from the once-lofty heights this legislation was supposed to represent.

Here's a question. Did we or did we not learn something – anything? – in Massachusetts last week? Did we not finally and for all time come face to face with the absolute futility of attempting civil discourse and collegial legislating with Republicans? I mean, really, did we? This transcends just askin’. Read on.

I think I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. In my opinion, it is time for Democrats (aka liberals and please bag the rubric "progressive") to draw a line in concrete behind ourselves, and refuse to back over it, no exceptions.

Politically damaging, you say? Fah! We’re apparently about to upchuck Democratic seats in large numbers. Because we were strong? Because we told our truths steadfastly? No. Because people are scared and fed up and losing jobs and homes and believe at some level that those currently in office deserve a march to the scaffold. It doesn’t have to make sense. It just is the way things are. The Republicans know that, too, of course, and have trotted out every boogie man and woman card in their stacked deck.

Politically damaging? No way. It is time for principles to trump fear-mongering. What the heck do we believe in? Where is the sound and fury? Why are we not out there, demanding to be heard? About health care. Jobs. Afghanistan. Wall Street. Climate change (the current PC for global warming).

Yeah, I know. There she goes again. Well, you know what? Tomorrow, I do go again. Gotta do something. This is my most immediate option.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.

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barbara | January 26, 2010 - 2:01pm

Best laid plans, blah, blah, blah. Found myself in a bit a medical pickle today. Ergo, my moment of activism was eclipsed as I "pursued other interests." (sigh)

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