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One day...before I die...there will be Universal Health Care in the United States of America.

I saw it from the start. Not from the start of the debate, but from the moment that a lot of people were introduced to Barack Obama at the speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.

Now in MY LIFETIME, I am not going to see this Presidency go down because I didn't get 100% of what I wanted immediately and at the first shot.

HA - I thought to myself...this guy just gave a beautiful impassioned and righteous speech. I really dig it. But in this climate, now in the world, what are these SILLY rumblings of "Barack Obama - Presidential Candidate"?

You would have to be from another planet at that point in time to think that this man...this BLACK man named something sounding like OSAMA had an icicles chance in hell to be voted into the presidency of the most xenophobic, racist electorate on the planet.

Well, thanks to people like the people that populate THIS SITE and with a LOT of hard work and sometimes seemingly against all odds (PUMAS AND ELEPHANTS AND MOOSES AND REVERENDS AND WEATHERMEN AND BIRTH CERTIFICATES, OH MY) we saw it happen.

Not that a black man was voted into the Presidency, but that THE BEST CANDIDATE was.

He applied, he got the job no doubt.

Now this man that we trusted and voted in and partied over and felt so HOPEFUL about...has sold out the public option. I will not deny that. I will not gloss over that, nor will I say it doesn't matter to me.

What I won't do is throw the baby and its bathwater under the bus.

I have been reading the diaries on here with the feelings of utter betrayal. I read the people who are so frustrated. I wish they would remember that it was ALSO explained to us from the man himself that it was NOT GOING TO BE EASY. I have also read that he was going to be okay with being a one term President if he got Health Care Reform passed.

Well, I am unhappy, but I am not a QUITTER. This is POLITICS in a Democracy folks. You can't always get what you want, but if you DON'T TRY sometimes, you'll always find you NEVER GET WHAT YOU NEED. Cue the choir.

He may have sold out the Public Option, but he didn't sell me out. He didn't sell out my ideals or principals. He's still the man I am SO PROUD to call my President.

I'm not here to say you shouldn't be upset, but to say "I'M NOT GOING TO BE ENTHUSED ABOUT GETTING OUT THE VOTE"???? Holy shit! That is something I NEVER EVER EVER expected to read on a site like this and I will be damned if I haven't read this same meme over and over here lately.

Well that's quitter talk. You can twitter that. Twitter, quitter, cuz I don't want to hear it here.

This is a site dedicated to getting Democratic candidates elected. We do what we can here to GET OUT THE VOTE for the Democratic party. What do you MEAN you aren't going to do the same thing for EVERY ELECTION that you did for the election of Barack Hussein Obama? How dare you! How DARE you.

Obama is no 11th dimensional chess guru. He is a man who has to face what he has to face. He is doing what he has to do to get something going forward.

The alternative is nothing going forward.
The alternative is not troops being taken out after a period of time, it is troops NEVER BEING TAKEN OUT.
The alternative is not GITMO closing when they can successfully make alternate plans it is GITMO NEVER CLOSING.
The alternative is not Democratic Party Candidates, the alternative is SARAH PALIN.

The alternative is MITTENS ROMNEY.


Originally posted to ElRay on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 07:04 AM PST.


I will get off my ass and stop being a whiner.

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    •  No Offense (1+ / 0-)
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      but while I agree with the gist of this diary  . . . Sarah Palin?

      I don't see Sarah I see Mittons. If the economy is still on the ropes I see Romney make a strong run based on "business" credentials.

      In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.

      by jsfox on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 07:13:57 AM PST

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    •  BS (3+ / 0-)
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      Ruff Limblog, Hope4USnow, alamacTHC

      You are a whiner; your corporate Democrats led by a backsliding President desperate for a bill of any kind are pushing a travesty of a bill through Congress that the arseholes who ruined our market want to help bail themselves out at the expense of old, sick and working people, so STFU and enjoy your pyric victory.

      BTW "backsliding" is kind because I think Rahm and Obama are getting the bill they always wanted to get because they supported the devolution of this bill at every opportunity.

      The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. George Santayana

      by Bobjack23 on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 07:22:26 AM PST

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  •  Talk about scare tactics! nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  I don't know about the rest of y'all- (8+ / 0-)

    but when I wake up in the morning I think "Thank God S.P. is no where near the White House"

    "Real History is not for Sissies" Barry McCain

    by Hill Jill on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 07:07:12 AM PST

  •  Amen (4+ / 0-)
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    GN1927, second gen, mallyroyal, ElRay

    thank God there are some people on this blog who stillhave their head in the right place. you are absolutley right. we carped about Bush being dum. sarah palin is 100 shades worse. its NOT scare tactics. ITS REALITY!!!! Nothing petrifies me more than the fact that this woman could be close to the white house, because a bunch of pregressives were feelign bad about not getting exactly what they asked for. Obama will NOT be a one term president. He will get his second term. He has to. otherwise we'll get nothing done and we WILL go to ar with Iran. Increasingly, Palin sounds like Rush and hannity. she really is scary. and its not scare tactics. it is the truth. every word in this diary is truth. thank you.

  •  the Country is still going the same direction (1+ / 0-)
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    Ruff Limblog

    only a matter of how fast.

  •  This Congress passed a potentially useful (2+ / 0-)
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    second gen, ElRay

    first step to universal healthcare.  It is all in all quite a victory.

    Of course, is there the leadership to do better, to make it more affordable - to make it less of a way to guarantee a for-profit company more customers?  That is very much an open question.  I'd submit the answer might be yes, but we'll have to wait til after Obama to find out the answer - ultimately the Dickensian villains in this health care struggle line his pockets to a degree that real slogan bearing change ain't coming from him.  

    But the mechanism is there to be improved - of course Medicare and Medicaid and the VA were model mechanisms too that were already there - oh well, it's a start.

  •  Thanks. I love this man and I believe he is (3+ / 0-)
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    GN1927, renior, ElRay

    doing what he can in the face of TOTAL opposition and obstruction and LIEs.

  •  Policy matters... (0+ / 0-)

    If you want my support you have to earn it! my old sig line. The reason I say that is getting democrats elected does us no good at all unless they do something...democratic. For me, and I think this is something everyone needs to consider carefully, electing corpradems is about the same as electing a republican of, say, Mitt Romney's stripe.

    Instead of getting someone from the PNHP to design HCR, Max Baucus decided he'd rather have an ex-executive of Wellpoint to design his HCR proposal. Hardly a game changer. When Baucus says that he'd love to get a PO, he is at least being disingenuous. Nelson, Stupak, Landrieu, and others. Party loyalty is one thing, but plainly, it's not doing anyone of us any real good.

    The immediate "benefits" of HCR (no recission, no pre-existing condition denials, etc) are going to be hugely expensive. I look for premiums to double by 2012. I look for more people to go naked as a result, regardless of government subsidies.

    Expanding the base, by itsslf, is a failure at making health care more affordable, as I've personally witnessed here in Massachusetts where we have had the mandate for a few years now. While everyone I know has poorer coverage than they did when Romneycare was initiated, we are now considering doing away with fee-for-service healthcare entirely.

    Even the PO. The only way a PO manages to bend the cost curve is if its rates are significantly lower than the market plans, and if it's the 800 pound gorilla in the room. I'd say that something like 30-40% of market share of an open, honest exchange is needed to begin affecting our costs. With a trigger, opt-in, opt-out, etc...that's not going to happen either.

    Never mind the human costs of these proposals, have you even begun to calculate the political costs? At which point do you want to hear the dissent? Now, or one week before voting begins?

    Plus ├ža change we can believe in.

    by papicek on Mon Dec 21, 2009 at 08:07:03 AM PST

  •  I have seen much in my 50+ years (3+ / 0-)
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    I saw the rise of the conservatives and how it took them more than a year to change the country and turn it to the right.
    I saw the vilification of Clinton and how the press hounded him as much as the right.
    I saw this country be destroyed by Bush and the press cheerleading him on (on Amapour yesterday, CNN, Tina Brown talked about how the press total salivated and rolled over for Bush).
    I saw the rise of propaganda style news, a network devoted to conservative rule and pushing it to the point that it peddles lies and treason.
    And I saw the left, after years of wishing for a democratic president so they could at least roll back some of Bush's worst, do some positive things, turn their back on the betray their president.  and it began a year ago.  Before he even got in office the whole betraying began and that lack of support made it so that this president was even more hemmed in, along with what Bush left for him.
    And not one iota of trying to walk in his shoes and understand what this man is up against.
    Only that he did not wave a wand and make it all magical

  •  Do you really think any of this ranting would (1+ / 0-)
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    stop no matter what Obama did?  It is an end in itself.  When E.M. Forster wrote "Only connect" he didn't mean to a computer.  Let's all go out and meet in the real world with our fellow citizens.  The rules of civil discourse are usually still in effect out there and one can actually have reasonable discussions about issues on which we differ.  

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