Friday, August 14, 2009

More "I'm mad as hell, and I got a friggin' puter, so there."

This is the text of the letter I sent to the NY Democratic Party's HQ, and my two senators. My Congressman is Rep., John McHugh, who is Obama's pick for Sec'y of the Army and someone I've not got much use for. I realized, after sending it, that I had typed one sentence twice, in different parts of the note. I decided to leave it in, as these people, obviously have very short attention spans. Feel free to use all or part of it. --------------------------------------- Dear (Scumbag congress critter of choice): This oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.", if I have it right, is the one that all members of the U.S. Congress swear to when they are seated. Many of your colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, are derelict in those sworn duties. It is becoming apparent, once again, that the congress, one that is--theoretically, at least--controlled by your party is about to roll over and beg. Instead of doing for your constituents what you have promised, in taking your oath of office, to do, you are simply caving to public opinion, threats from the GOP and parties whose only intent in attending your "Town Hall Meetings" is to disrupt them. Stop it. Stop acting as if you don't know how to fight. Stop allowing paid health industry shills, agents provocateur and credulous dupes to dictate the rules of your conduct. Stop acting as if what they are saying has ANY merit whatsoever. Stop conceding defeat to the judases of the GOP and some in your own ranks that are, again, willing to screw not only their constituents, but yours, for their own political gain. Do what is right. Tell the American people, your supposed bosses that you know that they need and deserve a genuine healthcare plan, not some cobbled together piece of useless verbiage that is filled with new ways to squander OUR money while doing nothing to alleviate the suffering of millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans in a time of great need. Stop wasting valuable time by allowing the "deathers" to derail the agenda of a meeting in order to keep any discussion, about the merits of the plan, from being pursued between you and those of us who want to know what the plan is and how it will be implemented. That the GOP is like an asylum being run by its most dangerous inmates is glaringly obvious. I do not expect the party that voted in lockstep for virtually every boneheaded, illegal and immoral provision of the Bush regime's legislative agenda to change their ways; but, you people? For the sake of your constituents, if not your own self esteem, begin acting like men and women who have some faint notion of what true public service is. Stop looking for favorable poll numbers and listening to consultants tell you how you can weather the storm and get re-elected. You know what the truth is and you know what needs to be done. Find your self-respect, your courage and your integrity whether you've lost those qualities, sold them or you have simply discarded them. Earn your goddamned pay and a measure of genuine respect for your party and your office. Do what is right. Help the American people, your supposed bosses; tell them that you know that they need and deserve a genuine healthcare plan, not some cobbled together piece of useless verbiage that is filled with new ways to squander OUR money while doing nothing to alleviate the suffering of millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans in a time of great need. I will not apologize for the tone or the content of this letter. It is the truth and it is indicative of my anger at your party’s abandonment of their principals and their failure to uphold their oath of office on this issue. Don't bother to tell me what you are doing, just do it. Deliver to us, your employers, the service which you swore an oath to perform. Nothing less is acceptable. Good day, to you, Sir.


Dave von Ebers said...


I think Paul Krugman has it about right in this column, titled “Republican Death Trip.”

About Pres. Obama’s efforts at selling health care and fighting the recalcitrance of the loony right-wing, Krugman sez:

What’s still missing, however, is a sense of passion and outrage — passion for the goal of ensuring that every American gets the health care he or she needs, outrage at the lies and fear-mongering that are being used to block that goal.

In other words, fight the fuck back. As I would say. If I said that kind of thing.

Richard said...

Here's the best part of that Krugman column:

David Brooks is off today.

democommie said...

Poor David Brooks:

He just can't decide whether he'd rather have a soul, or "fart through silk".

Paul Krugman seems to have weathered becoming famous without losing his.

Word verification = norhate.

Hey I know you guys got families and lives and all, but you really should drop by "Dispatches from the culture wars" ( once in a while. They got loony over there that is, well, it makes batshit look like ice cream.

Dave von Ebers said...



Demo: You’ve mentioned that before, but I keep forgetting to head over by there. See, you really need to post links to yer fav-o-rite blogs in the margin. Then alls I’d have to do is click on ’em.


(P.S. – Word verification: “gensiza.” Portuguese for genius?)

democommie said...

I don't know, "Gensiza" sounds like something us loyal menions and not-menions of Patriotboy
would say at the drive-thru window, "Dude, Gensiza me!"

Now, my WV, otoh, is "hipla" which sounds...well, it sounds both groovy and gay, ifunowudimean.

Dave von Ebers said...

Microbus? We had a '63 and a '69 and I wanna say a '72 ... all before the Germans discovered automatic transmission, thank you very much.

By the time we got to Woodstock we were half a million strong.

Word verification: masks. I shit you not.