When JFK challenged America to put a man on the moon, Congress did not stand in the way of this national goal. Today, when our president puts forth the challenge to provide quality health care for all Americans (a much less daunting task than a moon race) Congress with a powerhouse Democratic majority, has obfuscated and stymied the process while feigning cooperation and a shared vision. They have amended the healthcare bill to include the standard pork and nepotism. They’ve made closed-door deals with insider insurance and pharma companies. They’ve entirely cut out a single-payer option and all but shredded a workable public option. Meanwhile they’ve cried foul that a small group of “Blue Dogs” along with the fully flaccid Republicans have hijacked their bill. First of all, to rein in a handful of rogue status-quo politicians from your own party, simply expose them and their Phizer/Kaiser connections. Secondly, claiming the Republicans have submarined this bill is like blaming our struggles in Iraq on the few ineffectual Portuguese troops there. The Republicans had no teeth when this bill was first floated; you have since given them some – though still just baby teeth, they will undoubtedly grow into fangs. However, fanged or gummy, the Republicans don’t have the numbers, ignore them. However, the truth remains that Republicans and Democrats alike don’t like to embarrass their colleagues, no matter if they are cheating on their wives or cheating the American people out of affordable health care. Perhaps a little shining light here might just reveal one giant Congressional-Corporate orgy.
Except for the wealthiest Wall Street executives who were just saved by their own victims, most Americans are extremely angry. Some express this anger by hopping on the hate-wagon. Others are simply stewing, boiling quietly in resentment at those who did this. Both groups will undoubtedly reflect this anger at the polls. The haters are irrational and will never be swayed. However, the larger group of resentful Americans can be harnessed and directed toward reconciliation. This requires some direct action – a cathartic cleansing. Whichever candidate can appeal to this stewing, aggrieved voting block will win the election.
How can this be done? Identify the one thing everyone is seething about – the one group who obviously deserves the most blame for this financial crisis. This group has not only avoided punishment, they have been awarded support, funding and vacations. We have instead focused fervidly over which legislators have allowed this economic debacle. We have not seriously pointed our trembling, little fingers at the right people. The CEOs are the captains who set the cruise ship on auto and then got drunk, laughing all the way, as they sailed us straight into a mine zone.
Whichever candidate comes out – not loudest, but most seriously committed to– pursuing these criminals, will win over the undecided electorate; will win many supporters from the other side; and will solidify like steel a dedicated base. As senators, they are already in a position to do this. Which candidate can demonstrate his loyalty to the people, not the corporations? Or would both candidates be biting the very hands that have fed them so well?
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