A-Croc-Alypse Now, Health Care, Politics

Can it be done?

Proper comportment in the Capitol building happens to have been part of my upbringing. I was five years old when my daddy won election to the U.S. Senate. During his one term as a Democratic Senator, he voted his conscience, often to his detriment politically. He did not speak rudely to his opponents because his mama, Miss Emily, raised him not only to be a gentleman but to do unto others as he would have them do unto him. 

I'm not sure what the Mom of Congress will
have to say about it, but where I grew up, we knew better than to call
the President a liar in the middle of a joint session of Congress, whether we agreed with him or not.

Reading the comments of my friends on Twitter after the speech I saw some who were pleased and others who wondered why the President continued to encourage the Republicans to work with the Democrats on health care reform. They remain convinced that the President will never win over the other side.

But I am encouraged that he still wants to try. I want to think there is hope, and it seems to me that such a public statement cannot be refuted.

"Is bipartisanship feasible," asks my TV boyfriend Keith Olbermann, "when there's this kind of almost blind reaction from the other side?"

The President's advisor Valerie Jarrett says, "Yes."

What do you think? Can it be done?

19 thoughts on “Can it be done?”

  1. I want to be a person of hope, but I also want universal coverage. I hope that the Democrats in Congress and the Senate get so disgusted that they push for Single Payer.

  2. I think that unless there are real penalties for their behavior, he’s wasting his breath. Right now, they have no reason to go along with him; their funders and their primary constituents approve of this obstructionism. They need to feel that their own jobs are at stake, not the concerns of ordinary Americans.
    I hate that I’ve become so cynical, but there it is.

  3. we need to work with what we’ve got, but that doesn’t mean folding on universal care. i thought it was a great speech.
    that guy from SC who called the president a liar? i hope his mama has some words for him, but really i hope his next career move is in the janitorial sector. although he’d better clean up his manners if he hopes to succeed there.

  4. I seriously can’t believe we are here- we have liberal president and a democratic congress- and we’re struggling to pass health care reform?
    I don’t care about a bipartisan effort on this one. Railroad it through. Just get it done.

  5. Sign me under the “hope” column. And yes, against all odds the effort is worth it. I remember hearing someone ask one of the players in mid-east peace negotiations why they bothered, and the response was something like, “We might sit and talk for 738 with no progress. But on the 739th day, something shifts.” There’s always the “modeling good behavior argument, too.
    As for the inconsiderate bloke from SC, what goes around…

  6. Just the fact that he is so wanting to see it happen is a testament to the kind of person he is. Could he just ram it through? Sure. To what end? If everyone can’t have CIVIL conversation, it will never work, and subscribing to the “my way or the highway” and the “you’re either for us or against us” mentality does not accomplish very much. I thought his speech was brilliant and I think that rep from SC should be fully ashamed of himself.

  7. Went to Roberta’s blog after yours Songbird, and couldn’t help but come back here to share the quote on her blog today…
    “At the center of the universe is a
    loving heart that continues to beat
    and that wants the best for every person.
    Anything we can do to help foster
    the intellect and spirit and emotional growth
    of our fellow human beings, that is our job.
    Those of us who have this particular vision
    must continue against all odds.
    Life is for service.”
    Mister Rogers Neighborhood
    – Fred Rogers – 1928-2003

  8. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    This hour in history needs a dedicated circle of transformed non-conformists. The saving of our world from pending doom will come not from the actions of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a dedicated minority.

  9. I was so hoping that the President’s speech would move Dems and Repubs alike to understand that this issue ISN’T about health care reform so much as it is about reform of the way the congress does business altogether. It isn’t about liberal, conservative, Dem, Repub; it is about the PEOPLE. I agree with others that if congress had to use the same health care the PEOPLE used (or do without), they’d sit up and fix the problem a lot more quickly.
    As for the “gentleman” from South Carolina, I can hear my Grannie now! “If he were mine, he’d be doing chores from sun up to sun down with a bar of soap in his trifling mouth, I don’t care how old he is!”

  10. I am watching the Health Care debat with bated breath. I cannot imagine what we would do without it here. It is important to us in Canada, because there are those who would like to see us scrape our system in favour of privatization. From where I stand, most of those either stand to gain substantially from privatization or they can’t remember what it was like when a hospitalization of a family member threw a family into debt for years or worse. In your post last week, I saw a fear which is not part of my reality – the fear that one would have to change jobs or insureres and find themselves “uninsurable”. Our system isn’t perfect and there are things not covered – but hospitalization and medical tests and doctor’s visits are not things we have to pay for. Low income people and seniors have many of their presciptions covered as well.
    You have to have hope and I’ll be hope along with you. There are some issues that have to rise above partisan politics. I hope and pray that this will be one of them for your country. ~~ neighbour to the north

  11. I choose to hope for real work together. I think it is the only way for there to be lasting change. Of course, I also wonder at what point we should cut and run and force something through.

  12. Mom of Congress deplores unacceptable deportment from either side of the aisle and is sending Rep. Wilson to join Rep. Jackson-Lee in the Alternative Congress Room.
    As for health care reform, Mom of Congress is always hopeful that Congress Boys and Girls will work together for the common good.
    In her opinion, this includes addressing the issues of portability, affordability for those who want coverage, pre-existing conditions, and tort reform (not even mentioned in the thousand plus page House bill) but does not include a single payer system or “government option.”

  13. I hope,
    and I believe.
    But mostly, I believe in our President, who will not be shouted down or make what is a character and moral issue a political issue.
    oh, and btw,
    I didn’t realize my tv boyfriend is two timing me. sigh.

  14. Not only can it be done (if people have the will — which is admittedly doubtful) but it has to be done. BOth in the US and here in Canada.
    But of course as a person of faith I live in hope

  15. I have hope, but I was a Republican once and my entire family are still Republicans so I’m a pragmatist. So I say no, it cannot be done.
    The father in law, the insurance salesman, besides repeating the lies he hears on Rush, said to me once that sick people rape insurance companies. Uh, what was that?
    My brother says that people without insurance deserve what happens to them. Of course, unless they have cancer or mental illness (which 2 of his children have). He watches Bill O’Reilly each night.
    It has to be done, but is has to be done without the Republicans’ help. Like Mimi says, “the party of shriveled hearts.” Sad.

  16. I am so very sad to say that I don’t think it will be done.
    Too many people are too very upset about having Obama as president for it to happen. Unless the President and the Democratic Congresspeople are willing to give up their jobs in order to have this pass, it won’t pass. If it passes, the immediate backlash in midterm elections will be devastating. If it passes, Obama will have one term.
    If it passes, the Republicans won’t repeal it because it is the right thing to do. If it passes, in 40 years it will be part of our national character. But in order for it to pass, some very good folks will have to lose their jobs. I hope I am wrong. I hope that if I am right, the people in Washington are brave.

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