Reflections of a Humanist

                                    WHAT'S HAPPENED TO US ?

DeKalb, IL, July 28, 2009...Democrats have jettisoned their notion of a public or government health care option in the forthcoming medical care reform legislation, according to today's news reports.  Apparently they did it to appease Republicans in what is sure to be a fruitless quest for a "bipartisan" bill.  Bipartisan.  What a laugh.

There will no more be a bipartisan health care bill than there will be a bipartisan quest to bring to justice the traitors who outed Valerie Plame Wilson as a CIA agent, ruining years of work and endangering the lives of dozens of agents and their families.  TheWhite House did this as payback for her husband revealing them as liars ... well, it was all that WMD brouhaha.  If you've forgotten the details, do a search; you'll get thousands of pages.

Why did they do it? one might wonder.  Well, you know the old joke about why do dogs....because they could.  They could.  They could leak the CIA agent's identity through a friendly reporter, one given to fulminating about the lack of patriotism of his ideological opponents, knowing the dastardly act (can you see W twirling his handlebar mustache?) would never be traced back to them.

The journalist- who broke the law - got a free pass from the prosecutor, who was hunting bigger fish.  But with the White House cirling the wagons, he could never get any closer than the Vice President's Chief of Staff, Scooter Libby, who was sentenced - have we forgotten so soon? - to three years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.  This was no slap on the wrist.  Then, of course, the President pardoned him, the same President who said no one found to be involved with this crime would serve in HIS administration.

A great wrong was done, right under our noses, by tyrannical rulers who dared us to hold them to account - dared us and won.  And now the very same dynamic is at work behind closed doors on Capitol Hill.  What dynamic?  The "we're-going-to-do-it-because-we-can,-and-you-can't-do-anything-about-it" dynamic.  The "we're-more-important-than-the-people-or-their-rights" frame of mind.  Our health care is going to get shafted - probably for years - because the spineless Democrats are, once again, going to knuckle under to pressure from the lobbyist-owned Republican party so they don't have to defend against ridiculous charges of "socialism" in next year's mid-term elections - in which history suggests they will lose seats, anyway.  They don't have the cajones to say, "NO! The people want a public option; the people will get it."

Instead, they close the doors.  They shut the media and the people out.  They kowtow to the fearsome Republicans - paragons of wisdom and civic virtue like Mitch McConnell and James Imhofe and Larry Craig, whose commitment to the health of Americans is so great that they threaten to torpedo any chance of passage if the Dimocrats don't give in.  "Uncle," "Uncle!"  Yet there IS something that WE, THE PEOPLE, can do.

We can refuse to vote for ANY of these scum-sucking bottom-feeders, next year.  Instead we can support the dedicated idealists of the Green Party, who stand ready to legislate according to the people's wishes, which, if memory serves, is what the Founders INTENDED the Congress to do.  But if we return these lobbyist-licking money mongrels to their seats of power, in the 2010 elections, we will have no one but ourselves to blame, for the consequences.  And they will be dire.  The consequences will be dire.

And that's the way it is....