Again in the era of President Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Act this story is relayed by Roger Wilkins:
... the same thing happened with Lyndon Johnson and the voting rights act.
He wanted to do the Voting Rights Act, he had used up a lot of chits on the Civil Rights Act and he just engaged in a very long romancing of Martin Luther King, Jr., to make sure that King put his people on the streets and kept the people's feet to the fire and move along and he essentially said to King - - "Make Me Do It." (quotation marks ... mine)
And King put the people on the street, and then there was pressure from inside the government on the president - - with which I was associated - - and it happened.
- - Roger Wilkins
Single Payer Health Care ... Make Him Do It.
Prosecutions on Torture ... Make Him Do It.
Supreme Court Pick Most Can Support ... Make Him Do It.
Caps on Credit Card Interest ... Make Him Do It.
We, the people, have to raise our voices on all and any issues that we really care about. We have got to make calls to Congress. We've got to write letters. We've got to be Activist. We've got to apply pressure. Make our Senators and Congress Persons know that we will organize Against them for the Votes they cast and the Legislation they support/or fail to support.
Politics is a Game of Compromise. There will be No Perfect Legislation. There is only better and worst. Barack Obama is a President ... Not a Genie. There are No Magic Wands. He is Not a Dictator. His word is Not law. Our Republic does not work that way. Majority rule is Not an Absolute.
The President may have the "Will" but We Have to be the "Force".
Just My Opinion ...
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