Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Audacity of Audacity

The word is "Audacity": Au⋅dac⋅i⋅ty /ɔˈdæsɪti/ [aw-das-i-tee] –noun, plural -ties:boldness or daring, esp. with confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions. Synonyms: nerve, spunk, grit, temerity, foolhardiness. Barack Obama wrote a book called "The Audacity of Hope". We showed audacity. We voted him in with hope in our hearts. One year later, we have watched him attempt bi-partisanship with a group of individuals whose only goal was to oppose him completely. We have watched him bring in men who are undoubtedly experts in their fields, but are still clearly part of those fields. Men whose decisions are not based on what is good for everyday people, but for their colleagues. Men who have no idea what it's like not to have health care, to live paycheck to paycheck. To fear that you will lose your house. To lose your job without a new job in sight. Their work has secured the banks and the insurance companies. The executives have gotten their bonuses. But their prosperity has not brought back the jobs of the everyday people these companies let go, or created new jobs. The jobs aren't coming back. The executives put the money in their pockets, not into their businesses. Did we really expect any less? Ever since the days of that momzer Ronald Reagan, the "trickle down" theory has proved to be a crock! We've watched our president dash our hopes on true universal health care. Instead of taking a stand on this, instead of telling Joe Lieberman and all the other self satisfied, well insured tools of the insurance companies and big corporate medicine to go to hell, he's led his party in making concessions. In the process they have created an overstuffed mishmosh of a bill, stuffed with treats for the special interest groups. They've crafted a bill that no one likes--and it's not just the "socialized medicine" nuts. It's those of us who feel that it doesn't go far enough--and will penalize a lot of people who are in trouble monetarily already. Above all, we've watched him let the Republicans and those who fund them use Fox non-News and the rest of the media to feed lies to people all too willing to believe them, and gullible enough to be used as shills, allowing the rest of us to be victimized by their ignorance and prejudice. It's time to put an end to this. And the Supreme Court's political activism of the past week makes it all the more urgent. It's time for the Democrats to get audacious. It's time for Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the rest to circle the wagons and take a stand. It's time for them to write a new, simple health care bill with universal health care, and regulation of the health care and insurance industries--and that includes the drug companies. It's time for them to reinstitute the Glass-Steagall act and to create more anti-trust legislation that gives small companies a level playing field. Want more jobs? Create more companies that can make a go of it! It's time to rewrite the tax code and make sure any big corporations that are left pay their fair share, and that any executive getting a big bonus returns the bulk of it back to those of us who make it possible--in their taxes! And above all, it's time to create some sort of jobs corp that will get America back to work. Yes, there's a deficit. Yes, it could get bigger. But how are we going to decrease it if no one is working and paying their taxes, and if we allow giant companies to shirk in paying their fair share! Yes, if it doesn't work, a lot of Democrats could get voted out of office. But what do they have to fear? It's not like if they lose their jobs, they'll lose their money making abilities. Nothing's been done on their watches about lobbyists or "consultants". They'll be able to go out and get well paying jobs elsewhere--heck, they'll make more money in private life than they ever will in public. They won't be worrying about losing THEIR homes or their health insurance! What do they have to gain? The glory of taking a principled stand. The glory of showing integrity and moral courage--of truly being "public servants". The American people are mad as hell and they are only going to get madder. Because they WANT something to be done! Do it, Mr President. Do it, Congressmen and Senators. Do it with "confident or arrogant disregard for personal safety, conventional thought, or other restrictions." Be audacious. Do it now while you still can. Do it, and your names will be remembered forever as American heroes. Don't do it and you surely will lose your jobs. And we, the American people, will lose far,far more.....

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