I just received a letter from President Obama. Right there on the outside envelope are the words “I need you.” After not answering several letters which I have mailed and faxed to him, I was, for the briefest of moments, curious about this personal plea for help. Then, of course, I realized that it was a form letter from Mr. Obama via the auspices of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). I started reading the two page, single-spaced missive. His words prompt responses.
He opens with undeniable declarations, to wit: “There are times in the life of our nation when America’s course can only be set by the concerted effort of citizens determined to pull our country through. This is one of those times—and your personal involvement in moving America forward is absolutely essential.”
Just what this “personal involvement” is all about is unclear, other than to make a “contribution of $25, $35 or even $50 to the Democratic National Committee” which is somehow supposed to make sure that “America’s families are actively engaged in the critical decisions that lie ahead.”
This money will fund something called “Organizing for America” under the DNC which will unleash “volunteers and activists” to “carry our message…all across this great country of ours.”
The “message” includes “reforms that will bring down the cost of health insurance for families.” But Mr. Obama has taken the one reform—single payer, which he used to support—off the table and replaced it with a bill over a 1000 pages that will do just the opposite—to the delight of the drug and health insurance industries (see singlepayeraction.org).
Continuing into the letter, Mr. Obama emphasizes that “in communities all across America, people are worried about whether they’re going to have a job and paycheck to count on.”
The only thing I have to add to all of this is it would be very interesting to read the Richard Parker book he recommends, above. It could be the ammo needed to exploded all the Right-wing rhetoric along the lines of "government doesn't work," "you just want the government to help you and do nothing," "keep government out of business," etc. etc. I tend to feel that this is simply a ploy to dumb down people so they wont exercise their citizenship and work for real change. As Ralph has pointed out many times in speeches I have heard, the reason why Europe and Canada have such robust Social Health Care Services is because the people worked for them. They got out and demonstrated, organized, had made it happen. I've heard Ralph say before that the Constitution actually calls for the Government to mobilize people to action. This would set the who Lassaiz-Faire approach to society on its ear! As much as I like Ron Paul and feel he's at least a man of his word, I think this "you can't fart unless the Constitution says so" canard has worn out it's welcome.