||[Mar. 22nd, 2010|10:47 pm]
Yesterday's votes- and tonight's quashing of a GOP petition to toss the health care bill based on parliamentary procedural issues- mean that the health care bill is close to becoming reality.|
My sense of "victory" wasn't going to be in the partisan sense, but that has changed. It is my strong belief that this bill is vitally important for our country and as Nancy Pelosi pointed out, greatly supports "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." She went on to say that this bill will free people to follow their dreams and disconnect what one does for work from their insurance. If you want to open your own business, you don't have to worry about losing your health insurance or paying ridiculous amounts of money for a piece of shit policy. If you have a pre-existing condition, you don't have to fear losing your current insurance- provided you have any- and not being able to get new insurance.
That the GOP couldn't take these points in common and work with the Dems is quite telling. It reached a point where the GOP decided "fuck it" and took their ball and went home.
Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
But then... we got the ugliness of the past weekend. When people are shouting shit like "nigger" and "faggot" at members of Congress, well.... yeah. That's one thing. But what was more disturbing was the silence on the part of the GOP leadership. Where was Michael Steele, chairman of the GOP and by the way, African-American? Why wasn't he calling out those racists fucktards and making it clear the the GOP "Big Tent" has no room for neo-nazi assholes?
Oh, wait, that would mean alienating the base of the GOP and the Tea Party asswipes. It would mean going against the past 30 years of the GOP, going back to Anita Bryant through Lee Atwater to Karl Rove and giving a nod and a wink to the racists and homophobes and god-squadders as they run amok.
The GOP now is faced with its day of reckoning. What will happen? Will the party embrace the nazis and barely-closeted KKKers and the religious nutjobs? Will the party turn itself over to Palin or will it decide to purge the nutters and embrace its history as the Party of Goldwater?
It will be interesting to see, that's for sure. And if the whole stinking thing goes down in flames, well, I for one will not shed a tear.