( – promoted by buhdydharma )
So I’m watching the health care “debate” in this country with my eyes half-screwed shut because some of the foolishness is downright painful to witness — aside from the real pain of knowing too many folks aren’t getting the medicine and medical treatment they need.
Hard to make a decision when politics exists nowadays simply to muddy the waters. And while the circus goes on in the foreground, so does the power game in the back room.
President Obama has chosen to use his power cautiously in this “debate,” so that will limit the choices we will make when it comes to health care. There are endless arguments of what could and couldn’t be on the table as far as single-payer and the watered down version of the public option (which gets more watered down every day), and those arguments try so hard to be definitive, as though there are no alternatives to what Obama has chosen to do (if you are an Obama supporter) or that Obama is simply a corporate tool (if you are among those who have had it with half-measures).
The past eight years in particular have seen each and every one of our political institutions debased and sold to the highest bidder. And because we are not shining a bright light on the crimes of the Bush/Cheney misAdministration, we are seeing the effects of that in each and every political decision voted upon by Congress and signed into law (with or without signing statements) by the Executive Branch.
As far as health care is concerned, my view is that if there is anything at all that Obama can sign into law, he should. I don’t think for one moment that we’ll get a real public option — but we’ll get our foot in the door when it comes to incremental change — and although I am NOT in favor of incremental change, that is the only thing that’s being offered from our government.
So I don’t look towards Obama or our government for my deliverance, big surprise.
I look towards myself and my fellow citizens of like mind. In that, I have a great deal of faith. The word “incremental” doesn’t even figure into our work, nor should it.
And here’s the thing — most of us here have worked hard on the issue of torture and accountability — that those in the Bush misAdministration who committed crimes be held responsible for those crimes. More and more I see a connection between the lack of pursuit of accountability we are seeing from the Obama Administration and the political problems we are seeing when it comes to other important issues such as health care and the environment.
Folks will do what they can get away with. And that includes corporations, which includes insurance companies.
What we’re seeing is an Administration who is trying to deal incrementally and incompletely with criminal behavior. All I see that producing is the kind of bizarre indecision shown by our representatives when it comes to issues that ought to be settled by now, where large numbers of citizens have made their views known and yet are still thwarted by special interests.
Actions have consequences. And so does inaction. We see by the actions of Rahm Emmanuel, by President Obama’s own actions when it comes to his particular signing statements and his use of the bully pulpit to speak out against prosecutions for torture, that the Executive Branch is not shy at all when it comes to exercising its power. Those who defend Obama by saying he’s more into process and incremental change are not convincing in the face of his actual use of power, the actual choices he makes in the use of that power.
Because there has been no accountability, we are experiencing our present political circus of indecision. It won’t get any easier as time passes — it will never be easy and it will never be without risk.
Which is why we yell louder. In case anyone was wondering, heh.