A Great Achievement for a Decent, Civilized United States of America

Published on Dissident Voice, by Walter C. Uhler, March 23, 2010.

America’s Democrats, under the inspirational leadership of President Barack Hussein Obama, have single handedly guaranteed that some 32 million additional Americans will become eligible for health insurance, beginning in 2014. Single handedly, Democrats have guaranteed that insurance companies no longer can deny coverage to children with pre-existing medical problems, a guarantee that will be extended to all adults in 2014. Single handedly, Democrats have guaranteed that the so-called “doughnut hole” in the Medicare prescription drug benefit will close … // 

… Even worse than the behavior of congressional Republicans was the ugly, crude and obnoxious behavior exhibited by libertarians and “Tea baggers.” We’ve all seen the raucous town hall meetings where the ignorance exhibited by health care opponents appeared to be directly related to their exaggerations, lies, hatred and racism. A word of warning: You might suspect you’re “white trash,” when you’ve resorted to calling civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis, a “nigger.” You also might be viewed as “white trash,” if you’ve chosen to spit on an African-American congressman, simply because he plans to vote for health care.

The best book I’ve read about these ugly Americans is: America Right or Wrong by Anatol Lieven. Explaining the reasons for such ugliness, Lieven writes: “As a result of economic, cultural and demographic change, in America, the supremely victorious nation of the modern age, large numbers of Americans feel defeated … Over the years, the hatred generated by this sense of defeat and alienation has been extended to both domestic and foreign enemies.”

The greatest recession since the Great Depression (caused by greedy Wall Street bankers), the election of an African-American President and his attempt to fulfill his promise to enact near universal health care — which an irresponsible writer for Investor’s Business Daily derided as “affirmative action on steroids” — have further exacerbated their sense of defeat and hatred … //

… The Senate bill single handedly approved yesterday by Democrats in the House of Representatives represents a singular historic accomplishment for the Obama administration and the American people. American Presidents from Theodore Roosevelt through Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton have attempted but failed to accomplish such a feat. It represents a triumph for “Yes, we can” and the “change” that candidate Obama promised.

But it also marks a disastrous defeat for Republicans. Former Bush administration speech writer, David Frum, hit the nail on the head when he recently wrote: “Conservatives and Republicans today suffered their most crushing legislative defeat since the 1960s … We followed the most radical voices in the party and the movement, and they led us to abject and irreversible defeat … it’s Waterloo all right, ours.”

Perhaps now they’ll wake up and smell the coffee — and decide to support the American people, not just the military industrial complex and the rich. Just don’t bet on it. (full text).

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