Sunday, August 3

Progressives make a list, and run away...

So The Nation wants me to sign an open letter to Obama telling him to be more liberal progressive. Yeah yeah I keep forgetting. And on the list of things Obama must somehow "commit" to is "universal healthcare," period, which could mean "everyone has to send a thousand bucks to Blue Cross/Blue Shield every month or it will be garnished from your WalMart wages, and hey, while you're at it, thank a liberal, you uneducated ingrate." Okay, it probably doesn't mean that. But still.

And then I get an email from United Progressives, who have decided to go way-cool radical and tell their "members" to opt out of "the system":

Are you sending your money to the ACLU? To Democracy for America? Stop. And don't send it to us, either. Stop trying to buy the politicians. That's what just a little of your money does. The rest goes to support the song-and-dance bureaucracy that buys politicians. You're just contributing to the corruption.

Unite. United, we don't need to call anyone. United, we don't need to buy anyone. We will have the power to elect. That's really what buys a politician. A politician only needs money to make a public appeal to get your vote. If progressives control the swing vote in any election, we control the election. That should make a politician pretty honest.

Yeah, right. And the person who wrote that is a bright, twenty-three-and-a-half year old semi-paid intern who secretly hopes, deep in his soul where no one can see, to follow in the career path of George Stephanopolous. And a great place to start is to Stick It to The Man.

There are a great many "swing voting blocs" competing with progressives, the least of which can combine and triangulate against us elitist latte drinkers, and gain many more votes via the tried-and-true "Anti-Intellectual Electoral College Brickbat Trick."

Here's the deal. Look carefully at the two progressive protesting guys below:

Can't tell the difference? Neither can the swing voters who will not pay attention to this election, any of it, until after Halloween, and will then make their decision based on whether they finally see Obama as teh hawt not-Negro-enough to be a threat, or as, well, you know, unsafe.

Might as well speak out. And let's make it single payer, not-for-profit healthcare. I'll even sign your open letter.


  1. Anonymous8:25 PM

    Okay - I don't say this very often, but AMEM!

  2. Anonymous8:26 PM

    I am apparently rusty on the word, I use it so rarely. AmeN!

  3. Anonymous8:33 PM

    You got me on that one, BG.

    I kept screaming during the primaries that making it a crime to not have healthcare is not a solution to a healthcare crisis: that's legalized extortion.



  4. single payer, not-for-profit, is the only way to bring costs down. The insurance industry is making a killing under the current system.


  5. Anonymous11:05 PM

    So the other day, Obama gets heckled by a young black man who says that The One isn't paying enough attention to "black people's issues." And instead of throwing him out, Obama lets him speak his piece.

    Afterwards, the media asks said heckler if he likes what he heard. Nuh-uh. Says he won't be voting for Obama because Obama isn't paying enough attention to black people's issues.

    So I will assume this young man will stay home, along with all the Hillary voters who are still PO'd about all that.

    Which means that, while they all sit home with their arms folded across their chests and a great big pout on their faces, McCain walks into the White House.

    THAT'LL show 'em!

  6. yes, i am begining to think that too qd.

    great post too!

  7. Anonymous11:52 AM

    Huh; that was easy. The guy in the picture on the left-- the one silenced by the right-- isn't wearing any pants and doesn't have a scrotum-thingy, and the guy on the right who silenced himself doesn't have a cerebrum-thingy.

    But you're right, BG; it'll still come down to how many of us are afraid, and how many aren't.

  8. Amen to that. Imagine how much money these guys would save if they would just stop slinging their shite until October. We could only dream of being so lucky.

  9. We're often locked in our own echo chamber out here in activist land, so thanks for this humbling post.

  10. Hate to say it but we're going to get screwed again and that's before and if health care ever gets to the halls of congress.


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