I am angry at the SFC, like many of you. I see the diaries calling for campaigns against various "Democrat" senators, cutting off the donations, FREAKING OUT, and so on.
But then I start to wonder... if I were the health insurance industry, what would I WANT to happen? I'd want to keep my opposition demoralized and disorganized. I think we are being played, and I think some of us are playing right into their hands. If you are doing what the insurance companies would want you to do... ask your self why.
The purpose of those in power is to stay in power. They have resources directly aimed at us, keeping us disorganized ON PURPOSE. It's because as long as we are running around, screaming chicken little, and flinging hate at people we formerly supported, it means we aren't spending our time organizing an effort to change things.
Organized opposition is the enemy of our corporatocracy. An organized movement of the people scares the SHIT out of them. This corporatocracy is not controlled along party lines - as this health care battle is making clear some in both parties are in the pocket of big business.
So how do you fight a movement of the people? Demoralize them. Buy a few senators and make it appear the fight is hopeless. Make them think their votes don't count. Disorganize them. Turn them against each other instead of against the real enemies of democracy.
So ya, my gut reaction is to say fuck off. But then it occurs to me I'm playing right into the wishes of the puppet masters. I'm not going to do that. Instead of spending my time in anguish, I'll keep putting positive effort into causes and candidates I DO believe in. Because what would happen if instead of losses in 2010, we extended our gains?
I think when a setback like this occurs, we should all ask ourselves a very important question. Do we want to help continue the illusion of democracy, or do we want to fulfill it's promise? The change has to come from bottom up. It will NOT come the other way around. And the corporatocracy will fight it.