It is beastly hot in my tiny house eight miles inland from Ocean Beach and I have just spent a number of hours culling through the news online and I am really really grumpy. I’ve printed out a copy of Robert Reich’s recent posting The Guns of August: How the Republican Right Fired on Health Care.
Reich says that the “left has ideas and the right has discipline” and that Obama and progressives were “outmaneuvered” by this disciplined group.
Horse Pucky. I had my daily dose of right wing “discipline” this morning, when I watched a youtube posting here provided by Doug Porter. I watched it again this evening, and took notes this time.
Nothing like a whiff of napalm in the morning. Take a look at this interview, without one word of commentary, from the Spring Valley Town Hall. And keep in mind that the one message from the left was “Health Care For All.” I’d say that was a one beautiful righteous unified message.
The youtube interview began with white people shouting “Get a job.” Before “Dirty Thieves” we got a white guy (actually they are all white women and men) talking about the hypothetical of going to Cuba and having to wait a year for tissue.
Then we segued into God will take care of health care & that the Israelites’ sandals held up for 40 years in the desert… The USS [sic] constitution doesn’t have one little paragraph about health care. The interviews were peppered with the terms radical, communist, Marxist, phony Messiah, Muslim, socialist, Hitler and Brown Shirts. “ Where’s the housewives that baked cookies? “ and “I have a 19” TV that’s paid for.” That was topped off by there will be restrictions on ammunition and water will be cut off to the Imperial Valley… That even though abortion isn’t in the bill, it’s really in the bill.
Do you REALLY call that disciplined? Organized? How about mis-informed, racist, anti-historical and downright stupid? Ugly stupid. These are the very same people who voted against Obama and they LOST! And now they are framing the health care debate? Com’n folks- let’s call it for what it is. This sad ass scenario has been played out across the country. The left, either outnumbered, as blogger friend Dickie has written from Northern California, or clearly in the majority at Spring Valley and Joyce Beers here in San Diego, has had a unified message of “health care for all.” We get it.
WE GET IT. We are organized and we are more disciplined than the Senate of the United States. It would be nice if our President would get it, because this really isn’t much fun, and my understanding is that our President, the guy I voted for, was in favor of Universal Health Care.
So why have the losers, the minority, been showing up at these town hall meetings and sucking up the media coverage and an inordinate amount of the national debate?
WHAT HAPPENED TO THE COALITION? This is of course code for why weren’t there a boat load of African Americans, Latinos and young people in those friggin hot town halls. You all tell me.
So I’m going to that congressional send off rally this Thursday. And I debated about what sign I would carry. Although “Wingnutz,- a pre condition” appealed to me and made me laugh, I have decided upon “I voted for the Black Guy and I’m Not Sorry” as my sign. (Thanx bodysurferbob) Seems to say it all. Let’s put the 8oo pound gorilla right in the middle of the room.
My Beloved reminded me that if you want to talk about who is really organized and disciplined, it’s Big Pharma, The Insurance Lobby, Wall Street. Kind of makes me grumpy all over again….
See you all on Thursday, September 3rd, 5pm at City Park, located on Broadway between 3rd and 4th street in Downtown San Diego.