"… "The problem is the Democratic Party," said Moyers. "This is a party that has told its progressives — who are the most outspoken champions of health care reform — to sit down and shut up. That’s what Rahm Emanuel, in effect, the chief of staff of the White House, told progressives when they stood up as a unit in Congress and said, no public insurance option, no health care reforms.”
"Moyers said that, over the years, the Democratic Party "has become like the Republican party — deeply influenced by corporate money."
"Moyers said that conservatives have dominated the debate over health care lately. "In the last few weeks, the right wing has been winning the debate. How [Obama] lost control of the narrative, I don’t understand. Well, yes, I do. He didn’t find the right metaphors, as you were just saying, and he didn’t speak in simple powerful moral language. He was speaking like a policy wonk to the world of Washington, not a country of people who are hurting. …
"Here’s the party that lost and the conservative movement that was discredited over the last eight years …. They’re setting the agenda for a Democratic Party that controls the White House, the Senate and the House. Something’s wrong in that." ….”
This is a tough piece and, FWIW, My Sentiments Exactly. I’ve been bashed for pointing this out on twitter, but I think hiding our heads in the sand is damaging - nothing ever gets corrected by turning a blind eye to blatant mistakes and problems in our government. It’s important to be honest, and be true to ideals and issues, even when that means speaking out against someone you desperately want to believe in. No one is perfect…it’s our job to try to make Obama do the right thing…he tasked us with that, shortly after the inauguration.
"…Now it is time for the rest of us to do our parts. We need to flood the Senator’s in box with messages thanking him for making this commitment. His promise to introduce the legislation is a big first step, but we need to make sure he does it, and we need to urge him to fight for its passage. ….”
I came across this today while gathering info on the Green Party and Independents…to one of which I will probably be switching soon, out of growing disdain for the status quo:
"Today most who serve in public office expect a windfall financially and are mainly interested in the influence they can gain to increase their wealth in office and for when they leave office. Where is the personal and financial sacrifice to serve? They look at their title as a possession and not a privilege. They pontificate to attempt to bend the will of the people to their ways of thinking instead of deriving their actions from the will of the people to whom they profess to serve. Some politicians become so entrenched in their governmental powers; they often feel themselves above the law. ….”
"…. Republicans oppose health insurance reform not because they think it won’t work, but because they know it will. And they are right: Medicare recipients report much higher satisfaction with their health care than privately insured Americans do, and independent studies find that they receive better care. Faced with a reform that is going to pass with or without them, and which they know their constituents will like, any Republican who might ever have to fight to get re-elected is going to support it, because they don’t want to have to explain to their constituents why they voted against their favorite policy. That’s how Medicare was passed as a bi-partisan bill: Democrats came together and presented it to Republicans as a done deal, and Republicans got smart and came around.