There is a time when our politicians have to do the right thing by us. Unfortunately, it’s usually about twenty minutes later than “right now”.
This is not to say that some of the right things aren’t done for the public but you can set your watch to how it usually falls short of going all the way.
The Dems’ and Pres. Obama’s Health Care Reform did go a long way towards what was best for America…but it just wasn’t the right time to go the whole way with Single Payer or a Public Option. The financial reforms took some positive steps but here too, didn’t go the full monty into severely restricting derivatives and ending too-big-to-fail because the timing wasn’t right.
Now we come to the Bush Tax Cuts and Unemployment insurance and it’s not the right time to end giveaways to the wealthy and reduce the deficit for a better future for all of us.
Add to these, ending war in Afghanistan, fighting climate change, curbing the buying of our democracy, etc. It just never seems to be the right time.
Democracy’s internal clock is always running fast. And time is often short. There’s no time to debate important legislation, The Patriot Act or this extension of the Bush Tax cuts. We just don’t have the time to really consider all of the major decisions affecting our nation profoundly…and we just have to hurry up, throw them in the backseat and speed off with them so we’re not late for picking up the kids for soccer practice.
To be fair, the Repubs’ filibustering debate for two years in The Senate deserves a lot of the blame. So the truth is, it’s not really about time, it’s about a crippled democracy that is simultaneously representing the public and opposed to the public’s will. A natural dichotomy that comes from the wealthy having disproportionate power and influence in our democracy.
The will of the people, represented for the most part by Obama’s agenda, is of course damaged and carved down on its journey through the legislative gauntlet. About half of the Senate is literally there to represent only 2% of Americans…so the interests of 98% of Americans are represented by only about half (or less) of The Senate. Is that really what one would call a democracy?
It’s not terribly surprising that we don’t hear these figures in the MSM…they (their corporate owners) are part of that 2% being massively over-represented in our Congress, why would they want 98% of the nation thinking about how marginally their interests are represented?
So, the phrase we’re left with when our representatives can’t follow the complete will of the people is, “This just isn’t the right time”.
This is not Obama’s fault for trying to accomplish what he can in this dysfunctional democracy. Nor are the Dems working with him or fighting him for this to be the right time to do what’s right…in the wrong. They are all trying to tread the water of representative democracy in their own ways, with this anchor of plutocracy wrapped around their ankles and trying to pull them down.
Though we might consider writing an angry letter to “time” for never being right, it seems that the root of this problem is not time but a democracy where the wealthy and corporations have bought a controlling share.
For “the right time” to come, we’ll need to break that corporate hold on our democracy. Focusing like a laser on that would seem to be a goal that would accomplish many more goals.
Including, resetting our democracy so it once again reflected “the right time”.