I know I falter at the end. I lose steam. But I am doing this one-a-day blog this year so that, eventually, I build up the stamina so that I won’t.
“Here’s one thing I know and I just want to make sure that this is off the table: The Senate certainly shouldn’t try to jam anything through until Scott Brown is seated,” People in Massachusetts spoke. He’s got to be part of that process.”
President Barack Obama is a good man. A very good man. He has, at least on the surface, taken racial taunts with aplomb. He has shrugged off half-baked conspiracy theories about his religion beliefs, his childhood and background, his political bent, that a white man who had spent his entire childhood within the U.S. wouldn’t suffer. (Remember, John McCain was born in a foreign country).
He is informed by Gandhi, and King, and Jesus – the real Jesus, not the childishly “righteous” Muad’Dib in white of the Teabaggers and the Phelpses. And he dedicated years of his life to studying and teaching the application of our founding father’s Constitution and over 200 years of intellect seeped over it.
And, as he stated above during an interview today with George Stephanopoulos, he remains magnanimous. The right thing is to do this, to acknowledge – and honor – the democratic decision of the people of Massachusetts.
But Barack Obama is confronted by Republicans who do not care about the right thing, or even playing by any set of rules. Millions are suffering – who would not be suffering in Canada, or England, or the 80% of the Western world that is not us – from no health coverage, or undercoverage, or bankruptcy and lifelong financial degradation because of capriciously withdrawn coverage in honor of “the free market”.
I wish President Obama would stop playing by the Queen of Marksbury’s Rules – no one else is. Non-violence has its place – but that place is when confronted by clear violence, blatant suppression. There is certainly violence and suppression informing current Republicans’ worldview – but they are too smart to let that slip out in so many words. Obama’s background – and I hope it is not his innate temperament – in the work of peacemakers has not prepared him for the careful words of millionaires who call a young working couple greedy for wanting a lower co-pay on their baby’s medicine.
Like my grandfather used to say, “The graveyard is full of men who had the right of way.”