Democrats are Soft as BreadPosted: August 17, 2009
So, it’s looking like the public option in the health care reform debate has been successfully shouted down by (white) people throwing temper tantrums at town halls across our great nation. I’m not bothered by the fact that they fear a pinko takeover destined to last ten generations. Tickled maybe, but not bothered. Frankly, as an American, I support their right to express how they feel about legislation that may affect their lives. Harangues aside, they drew their line in the sand and said, “Mr. President, we less-than-respectfully submit that you and your public option should go fellate one another until climax.”
The thing that bothers me in this situation is the thing that has always bothered me about Democrats: Their disappointing lack of toughness. Say what you will about Republicans–and there is PLENTY to say–but they justify their thug on a daily basis when it comes to things they believe in. Some will say they play dirty pool; that they manipulate facts and appeal to the lowest common denominator to further their agendas. To that I say: Yea. Exactly. They understand that sometimes, politics is a matter of flexing muscle, not a MENSA convention.
With a majority in the house and senate and, according to themselves, logic and reason on their side, why aren’t the Democrats flexing back? Why aren’t they saying, “Lady from Pennsylvania, we hear you. But we think we’re right on this one, so we respectfully ask that you sit the fuck down”?
Because, despite also being convinced that they are right in what they believe, they want victory to come the right way; they want to make sure everyone is happy before doing anything. They don’t want politics to be a bloodsport, are determined to will it into civility and then stand by dejected when they again get mollywhopped.
Even worse, they still have the gall to insult George W. Bush at every turn for the things that he made happen. Let me say this: When convinced he was right, George W. Bush never let the opposition’s temper tantrums rule the day.
Some are saying the compromise in necessary because, unlike left-leaning opposition, the right is more likely to get violent about it. So the lesson here is that people who make violent threats get the last word? Funny, in a country that imprisons suspected terrorists indefinitely, I’m confident we can find a place for people who wanna get criminal over health care reform.
Has it always been this way? I can’t say. I do know that as it stands right now, I’m glad these aren’t the people in charge of assuring my civil rights. #SorryGayPeople