Time to comment on Martha Coakley, Scott Brown, health care, Barack Obama, and the Great Panic of 2010.

What the hell is wrong with you people? ?At this point in the Clinton presidency, Republicans were claiming that Hillary had murdered Vince Foster, put him in a trunk, and dumped in a park. ?At this point in the Reagan presidency, the economy was in the toilet, with predictions that Reagan wouldn’t even dare to run for re-election. ?At this point in Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency, the country was teetering on the brink of societal meltdown.

Democrats just lost Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat to an unknown Republican, so yeah, that sucks, and so do Democrats for losing it. ?Health care reform is on the brink, it shouldn’t be, and that’s our fault, too. ?Call the fucking wahmbulance. ?Remember this scene from The Godfather? ?”AHHH what can I do! What can I do!”

Time to start acting like men. ?And women. ?Instead of like whining children.

Change isn’t easy. ?That’s the lesson that we are learning. ?If you thought you could walk down to the polling place, put a mark on a ballot, and get every single thing you wanted from your country, you’re a lazy, sorry excuse for an American. ?Grow the fuck up.

It don’t work that way. ?You get from your democracy what you put into it. ?If all you put into it is one campaign for president, and then you sit back and wait for your plate of goodies, chances are, that plate isn’t gonna be what you want.

This especially applies to members of Congress. ?Barack Obama called your bluff. ?Every member of Congress, Democrat & Republican, has been campaigning on health care reform for years. ?The White House said “show me what ya got”, and ya’ll came up with bullshit. ?Members of Congress have done nothing but play games to save their own skins, from Max Baucus, to Ben Nelson, to House blue dogs, every one of whom has made losing their seat more likely as a result. ?And Republicans showed their hand from inauguration day – they have no plan, and they want no plan to pass.

Does Barack deserve criticism for failing to show leadership on the issue? ?Maybe, but I tend to think not. ?I don’t know what else this president could have done to provide leadership on health care reform in a total absence of leadership from Congress. ?We do not have a system that allows a president to declare what health care reform should look like. ?We have a system that rewards leadership in all branches of government, punishes cowardice, and gives ample opportunity for change to those who choose between leadership and cowardice wisely.

As Barack has said, change will not come if we wait for some other person, or we wait for some other time. ?We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Democrats need to make better choices. ?We need to grow a pair. ?Republicans have nothing but, waving their flacid vapid arrogance around as if it amounts to policy. ?Once Democrats meet Republicans on that battlefield, we win. ?Every time.

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