Saturday, March 20, 2010

The Week That Was: Another Broken Reed

This was the week when another of my American heroes proved to be "a broken reed". It's not a habit of mine to quote the bible, but it's appropriate for once. In English translations of Isaiah XXXVIII,6:

"Lo, thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed, on Egypt; whereon if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all that trust in him."

Dennis Kucinich. A quick look for his name in the sidebar Label Cloud will lead to several archived posts which prove in what high regard I'd held this congressman. I'm sorry to have to admit to myself now that he has been "all talk and no trousers". In caving in to President Obama's lobbying this week to vote "yes" on the upcoming Health Care Bill (or as some bloggers more aptly name it The Corporate Wealthcare Bill), Kucinich has, with that single act turned me away from the Democrats for good. I'd gathered that most of 'em were what Brits look on as conservative, but I'd thought there was a handful worth supporting. I was wrong.

For any stray astrology buffs reading this: that's my natal Mars in Scorpio kicking in! It doesn't happen often, but when it happens it happens for good....I'll turn around and walk away. I can't even bring myself to look at Kucinich's chart to find any possible astrological excuses.

Dennis Kucinich has stated time and again that without the absolute bare minimum of a Public Option insurance choice included in the bill he would vote "no". His first choice was single payer, which would be the best of all plans, but naturally, the insurance corporations would not stand for that, President Obama already capitulated on that front very early in the game, and with that action showed us what are his true corporate colors.

It was all too good to be true, that 2008 election result and the euphoria in January 2009. There was I singing to myself "Let The River Run". I was sincerely elated. It has taken me a while, but I've now landed back to earth with a bump.

Some admire Kucinich for what he's done, taking the view that this is a small step forward. I can't go along with them. He has further enabled the hold the corporations have on the government of the USA, and has proved to his former supporters that he can not be relied upon when push comes to shove.....on any issue. He has lost all credibility. His integrity is now compromised.

It now is clearer than ever that the corporations are in charge of the USA, with nobody in "opposition" that cannot be, ahem, persuaded to mend their ways.

Seminal third party now badly needed. Actually what the USA really needs is a credible second party. Democrats and Republicans are not two different parties, but branches of the Corporatist Party. It has taken me a while to get it, but now I'm up to speed.


Wisewebwoman said...

The theocorporatocracy (as I prefer to call it) has America by the balls, T, and it is never more evident than on the HC issue.
I am genuinely sorry your bubble has finally burst.
Owned, sold and delivered on platters to the Robber Barons. I hate even seeing any of the politico faces, knowing they are slaves to their Masters.
It is a sad and sorry state of affairs when the poor and downtrodden die in the thousands every for what I take for granted: universal health care.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~ I'd call it that too - if I could get my tongue around it that is. ;-) - try saying theo corpora-whatsit when you've had a couple!

Sad and sorry it surely is.
Bernie Sanders has caved in too, I've read today - he was another I trusted, and he calls himself a socialist. I think he secured something for his own state though, something to do with the allocation to states for Medicaid.
Who knows what Kucinich secured.

What a shambles! What an absolute shambles!!! And the provisions of this legislation (such as they are) don't kick in until 2014, some several years later than that. What a way to rule a country!!!

R J Adams said...

The Democrat votes to get this Bill passed were bought by handing out millions of dollars to the likes of Kucinich and Saunders, to name just two of many. Health insurance corporates must be laughing their socks off this morning.

R J Adams said...

PS And, bought with tax payers' money, of course.