Journalist Paul Krugman has written a very good op-ed. Here’s the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/21/opinion/21krugman.html
Open another window, and check it out. Then come on back and reply here. I’m interested in your opinions. Rational, reasonable opinions, of course.
The summary is that progressives are getting mad, and confidence in Obama is floundering. I don’t know what a “progressive” is, because all political labels have a different definition depending on who’s using them. But I do see what Mr. K is referring to. There is more dissatisfaction expressed this week than ever, about the President’s lack of tenacity in demanding the public option for health care reform.
At HuffPo today, the commentary has blown up over this article remarkably fast. 2,000 comments by noon. It’s gotten to the point that almost every comment is being “moderated” to the circular file. Why? Is Krugman’s article stoking the flames of progressive ire?
Did you just read the article as I asked you to? Did it incite you? DO YOU THINK IT WAS INTENTIONAL? Could it be, he’s using the same play the President did, when he let that, now infamous statement, slip at the townhall earlier this week? ( http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090816/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_health_care_overhaul …about 10 paragraphs in)
There is suspicion that the White House is now playing their base like a fiddle, or perhaps like a snare drum, to generate a call to action; to outflank the townhall naysayers, now that they have been partially diffused as irrational and foolish. Is this a ploy to get a huge movement started to publicly support the public option?
So far, there has been plenty of support in the “blogosphere”. But blogs don’t make the evening news; angry mobs DO. Is Krugman, like the WH, trying to motivate the “progressives” to take to the streets, and be SEEN as well as heard? Hmmm, could be…
His closing statement, that “progressives are now in revolt”, seems to be the reveal. In today’s media, simply stating something somehow makes it true. So I guess revolution is finally at hand. Well, let’s make the most of it. Grab your figurative pitchforks, and find a way to get to Washington. Robert Reich wants us to go, Sept. 13th. It’s a Sunday, so why not? Read a little here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/18/robert-reich-calls-for-ma_n_262310.html
There is no Superman to save us or the public option. If you are tired of right-wingnuts calling the President “messiah”, then this is your call. Rather than sit back and wait for him to fix it with charisma and charm, YOU must put on that patriot hat. YOU must be the voice of reason. Even if it is YOU ALONE. Your motivation MUST come from within, because this is what will carry you there. WILL you be alone? OF COURSE NOT, because what we seek from our government is WHAT IS RIGHT. You, and thousand more just like you, as individuals will come together to stand as one. This is what America does. We saw it on Sept. 11th, 2001. We can do it again, and as many times as necessary, when we believe that the crisis is important enough. Indeed it is.
THIS IS OUR TIME TO BE PATRIOTS. The power of the people has always been in its mass. If “teabaggers” are organizing on the 12th, we must show Washington who has the louder voice; the greater cause. Organize your friends, your church, your community, your family. Pack an overnight bag with red, white, and blue. Sept. 13th, 2009. I will see you there.