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This idea that the Administration botched the Health Care issue because of the way

it was cobbled together is only valid if you view the situation in a vacuum.

Consider this, the economy was falling apart. There was a general idea that we could be slipping into a depression like situation if any one of a number of problems exploded.

There was also the stimulus bills that were being debated that needed to be passed asap or the world economy could have imploded into god only knows what.

Plus all the hearings about new cabinet members.

All of that whirling around while Fox News was already organizing and promoting the tea banging crowd which emboldened the GOP in congress to dig in the heels and say FUCK YOU to president Obama and the democrats in congress knowing full well that the race card was gonna be played hard and often.

We were lucky to get what we were able to get.

That anything positive happened during that time in our history is a testament to the democratic leadership in congress and the personal steady as she goes demeanor of president Obama.

So I say to all the people who are gripping about the bill as it heads to the Supreme Court, we should take a minute to reflect on all those brave democrats who stood by the president and the American people and voted for the good of the country.

It isnít all that often that any congress members put the needs of the country over their personal political careers.

It was a hard vote for many to make and it wasnít what we all wanted. But the main thing we should take away is that if this survives the Supreme Court, the country will be on its way to a functional national health care system.

Afterall, we can fill in the blanks as we go.

One of the best and realistic looks at the goings on in the world of politics is a movie

called Advise and Consent.

It's a great show of how things are done and how things can become muddled and murky at the twist of the wind.

Some great folks are in it, Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton (my personal favorite), Walter Pidgeon, Lew Ayers, Burgess Meridith, Betty White, Will Geer and Peter Lawford. It was made in 1962 from a book published in the late 50's.

It brings in sex, the nomination process for Secretary of State, the give and take, the jockeying on and off the floor.

I've seen the process work out close at hand, al biet on the state and local level.

Catch it if you can. It doesn't have all the zing and bang of a modern movie, hell it's filmed in Black and White.

But I highly recommend one of the best political movies of all time, right up there with All the Presidents Men and the TV series The Boss

I forgot to mention that it has to be one of the first mainstream movie to show a homosexual club even if the players was being black mailed for an affair during the war over in Hawaii.


That's what the Republican Party is now.

The same rigid my way or the highway mind set is apparent in both.

We can never take the ranting of the minority self-righteous to bully their way to power.

This is one of those pivotal points, one of the game changers that shake up society every now and then.

I believe the people behind the Tea Party realized that there is a major demographic change in progress here in the US and so they are trying to pull the country as far to the right as they can to counter balance the pragmatism that is coming.

With each day, the Tealaban is shrinking in numbers due to death or intellectual reawakening. And the money propelling the Tealaban knows this. That is why there has been such a push to squeeze as much as they can from what is left of our democracy.

This spasm of right wing activity, this over reaching at every step of the way....

tells me one thing...

Emerging demographics are telling the people who are pulling the strings and controlling the money that it's now or never.

We can really be seeing the beginning of a political watershed here in the US as well as around the world.

People are feeling more and more empowered across the globe. And people around the world are starting to see how interconnected we all truly are.

I truly believe that is the motivating factor in this unprecedented ideological turn backward.
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