I am not opposed to the mob. While I usually feel extremely uncomfortable around groups of large people, at the mall or sporting events for example, I feel entirely at home in a rampaging mob. It’s freedom. And when the mob is really moving with one voice, a voice that it finds in its collective understanding of its needs, then it is the most democratic of gatherings. How come all of the single-payer advocates aren’t out there accosting their congress members the way the right are? Where are the millions of folks whose needs will not be met by Obamacare? Where is the anger?
The right wing is organizing folks to change the agenda while the “progressives” seems stuck on Obama’s agenda. The single-payer folks are shut out of the debate of the bigwigs and many seem resigned to taking the side of Obama’s “reform” against the right wingers whose attack on the piddley-shit changes that Obama proposes only proves how determined the enemy is. One wonders how they would react if the “reform” being proposed actually attacked the power of the health industries rather than propped them up as Obama’s proposals do. The lunacy of the right’s attacks propels advocates of real health care reform to back Obama’s non-reform plans.
The Democrats, despite protestations, are happy to have been relieved of any trouble on the left flank by the actions of the right. At Obama’s stage crafted New Hampshire town hall meeting this week he had to be his own devil’s advocate raising the right’s objections to his plan himself since no one else in the meeting would. You notice he felt no need to parry the objections of the single-payer folks at the meeting. Because they have made so few of them. Many of them look to those in Congress they perceive as sympathetic like John Conyers to raise the banner of reform for them. And yet in the face of right wing attacks these “progressives” circle the wagons around Obama and make no demands for their support.
Ahh, the institutional parties at work as they were meant to work: corral the opposition and then offer them a poisoned choice to bite on. Salmonella tainted sandwiches rather than e coli ones, all the while letting the let down know how grateful they should be for avoiding the e coli runs. You would expect that any restaurant with only these two items on the menu would go out of business, but since they have no competition they can continue to poison willing guests, and everyone else, with impunity.
The “reform” on offer goes nowhere to meet the concerns of advocates of genuine national health care and yet too many of the promoters of single-payer seem content to “fight the right” without realizing that means Obama. Obama’s “reform” proposals do much more to stop real reform than the idiocy of Rush since it silences advocates of meaningful reform by placing them in a camp they do not agree with; a camp whose proposals will codify many of the worst aspects of our health care system while claiming to be change.
Until fighters for real reform, for socialized medicine where the profit motive and the interests of capital do not apply, stand up and get as angry as the blathering right we will not see change. The debate is on in the country and should be faced head on if we aren’t to miss this opportunity and have the whole conversation hijacked by the right. There are millions of us who support a genuine national health care out there- we need our own mobs and we need them now!