Friday, January 22, 2010

Something Someone Else Said

"This is about more than health reform and we have to see it in that context. This is about a cynical nihilist attempt to break this presidency before it has had a chance to do what we elected it to do by a landslide vote. It is an attempt to destroy a majority's morale, to break a president's foreign policy autonomy, to prevent engagement in the Middle East peace process, to stop action on climate change, to restore torture, to increase tensions with the Muslim world, to launch a war on Iran. We cannot delude ourselves that if Obama fails, this is not the alternative. It is.

And we have to re-engage as powerfully as we did in the campaign to fight back against these now emboldened forces of reaction. I think this is true not just for the sake of the country but also for the sake of the GOP. The nihilist obstructionism and rhetoric they have embraced makes constitutional democracy close to impossible. Their total lack of any workable alternatives to dire problems is a form of degeneracy we have to avoid empowering.

So fight, Mr President. And to the House Democrats who won't go along with the only way to salvage health reform: this is the only sure-fire way you will lose in November. If you pass this bill, you may also go down in this climate. But you will have done something you can be proud of. Politics cannot always be about narrow self-interest. If it always is, nothing important can get done.

Do your duty. And grow some. Fight back. Explain why you're right. Tell the liberals they can always come back later to reform the bill. Just get this passed." -Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish, reminding me to stop my fucking whining and remember why I supported Barack Obama in the first place. He warned us that real change was going to be difficult, so I suppose I can go a bit longer before throwing in the electoral towel.

[Update: Just the thing for the Democrats in congress:



Leslie Parsley said...

Good, good, good. Your ending sounded a lot more upbeat than your previous piece.

Something that will cheer you up even further - go to Liberal Values and read the last two posts.

JBW said...

Read, Leslie. Those numbers are indeed encouraging but if the Dems let health care reform slip through their fingers I may have to crawl into a bottle for a couple of days to retain my sanity.

Leslie Parsley said...

I think there's something underfoot re the health care bill, but I don't know what it, of course and I hope to hell I'm right.