LULU by John Linton Roberson (c) 2012.
I Didn't Write That!
18 August 2009
  Oh HELL No: Obama, Don't You Dare Wuss Out Now

It's all over the news that Obama is considering dropping the public option from the health reform bill, in hopes of getting the GOP on board. This is very disturbing, as if you drop that, not only does it render the bill meaningless, but it will assure that those who do support the bill won't.

Obama. You are acting like the stereotype of the Democrat you were supposed to be defeating. Let me explain. You will win nothing by doing this. If you insert this poison pill into the bill, it will fail. And you will fail along with it. The GOP will use this as proof it was a bad idea. They will crow about their victory, they will make you look weak and ineffective. In 2010 they will say this over and over in ads and you know what will happen then? What you think you'll be averting by giving in: what happened in 1994. Your supporters, like me? We won't care. We might stay home then, as we will know it won't make any difference. And then after 2012 you will have one term to look back upon with regret.

You're being played and you should understand that. It does no good to compromise with the GOP: they do not compromise with Democrats or try to make them happy, and so they win. They will just continue to attack you, because why shouldn't they? It's how they get what they want. To the GOP, "compromise"--theirs or anyone else's--is capitulation and weakness.

They did not get you elected, and it was our hope, through our vote, in you, and your will to do this, that caused them to now be out of the way. Or they should be. But you're acting like you have to listen to them. Were you a Republican dealing with Democrats, how much would you be listening? Look to your predecessor for the answer to that. Was the wilderness so nice you want to return so soon?

You are teaching them that you are a coward. You are teaching them that threats and violence work. Do you think that hungry, vicious beast is satisfied with just a taste of fresh meat?

Take me as an example of the people you will be abandoning. As a freelancer, I can't get health insurance feasibly. I am counting upon this. Do you know what would happen right now, if I got a life-threatening illness?

I would die, that's what, and that's true of many, many others. Because what I have could not come close to treating it.

There is no reason to give a damn what the Republicans think of you, and they will bully you for the rest of your term if you don't fight now. They're laughing at how easy this is, Obama. As they always do. Because the Democrats never understand how to use power when they have it, except to do what the Republicans want. You're abandoning those that supported you.

Here's how it is, Obama. If you drop the public option, the GOP will devour you. And we might just let them. Because you'll have proved you're not on our side, that you are a putz, that you are, Barack Obama, a pussy.

Don't you dare.

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