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  •  Yes, in a way, delays are helpful... (2+ / 0-)
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    Liberal Thinking, Dunvegan

    ... because the numbers are in our favor. I know the wingnut attack machine will be in full force in August, but, meanwhile, as time passes, hopefully the word will get out that half-measures just don't add up.

    But I do hope the delay isn't as long as five years!

    •  Don't Throw Up Your Hands (0+ / 0-)

      Right. I just think that people should keep this in perspective. This is a major change, and it can reasonably take a long time to get there.

      At the same time, I don't think our opponents gain much from delaying or defeating reform at this point. The clear majority of Americans want change and we are increasingly acquiring the tools to get popular programs passed. Internet politics is still in its infancy, but it's gaining every day. We have the tools to discuss what's best, reach consensus on a way forward, learn about politicians, select those that will work with us, direct money to them and away from those who are problematic, as well as organizing other political resources to get out the vote.

      Our opponents are limited mostly to traditional methods: lying to the public and bribing politicians. That becomes increasingly expensive when the public can organize and act cheaply through the Internet.

      The tragedy is that right now there are people dying for want of healthcare. So, we have to do what we can to get reform now. Still, we cannot be discouraged by seeming delays and setbacks. In the end, victory is certain. We will have everyone covered and a much fairer system, either now or in the near future. That's my prediction.

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