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Tom Rinaldo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-29-09 10:28 AM
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Reid was right to reject "the trigger". This is war.
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Even if Reid knew he didn't have 60 votes locked up, Reid made the right choice. Even if the White House worried that he didn't have 60 votes, he made the right call. The corporate centrists in our Party have too long grown accustomed to winning through refusal. Their refusal to even allow serious discussion of a Single Payer plan was just one recent example.

We are essentially in a state of war regarding health care. About as many Americans die annually as a consequence of poor or non existent health care insurance as died during the entire Viet Nam war. Our adversary, many would say enemy, is the private health care insurance cartel. They run the system that is responsible for those deaths. Not only do they run it, they profit off it, which makes them war profiteers in my book.

This matter is infinitely more grave than mere power politics. It far eclipses getting re-elected or defeated, being in the majority or minority in Congress. Those concerns effect how the ship of state is run, but protecting the lives of American citizens is the purpose of our ship of state. There is no business as usual during a state of war. For too long a war on Americans has raged undeclared as Senators posing as our protectors collected their special interest campaign contributions, while consigning thousands to their deaths through malign neglect.

It's time we declare a domestic war to protect American lives. That's what this is about and it must be declared for what it is. In war, one does not protect the interests of your adversary over those of your own people. One does not negotiate terms of surrender with a deadly foe as an alternative to engaging it in battle. It is time for the American people to ask of our elected leaders, whose side are you on? And it is time for the answer to be given. If Harry Reid sticks to his guns, the curtains will be pulled back and the answer to that revealed.

Life and Death and special interests. Let the battle lines be formed. The insurance industry had 40 years to get it right, the handwriting was on the wall after Medicare was established. Clean up your act or else. It is time for "or else", the trigger has long been pulled. The Republican Party essentially controlled the entire Federal government for 12 years, officially for much of that period. They had a chance to prove good faith, instead they proved the opposite. Let them filibuster now, and let our traitors be flushed out. Let the fight begin and let the truth be known. No more business as usual when the business being run is a Congressional brothel for corporate johns.

Harry, don't back down.

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  -Reid was right to reject "the trigger". This is war. Tom Rinaldo  Oct-29-09 10:28 AM   #0 
  - Amen!!!!  OHdem10   Oct-29-09 10:49 AM   #1 
  - K & R  LibinMo   Oct-29-09 10:56 AM   #2 
  - Kay and Are.  cliffordu   Oct-29-09 12:06 PM   #3 
  - Thanks for the K's (& R's)  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-29-09 01:15 PM   #4 
  - K & R some more  Vincardog   Oct-29-09 01:23 PM   #6 
     - The problem with a "Rant"  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-29-09 03:37 PM   #9 
  - K&R  drm604   Oct-29-09 01:22 PM   #5 
  - k&r  Cha   Oct-29-09 01:29 PM   #7 
  - K + R + MORE of the same please, Senator Reid!!  patrice   Oct-29-09 01:41 PM   #8 
  - I just sent this to Senator Reid  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-29-09 06:48 PM   #10 
  - K&R. I'm going to sign the petition now. Thanks.  jenmito   Oct-29-09 06:55 PM   #11 
  - Reid did make the rt. decision. BUT I heard on TV a reason for the decision...  Honeycombe8   Oct-29-09 08:19 PM   #12 
  - That's a theory  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-29-09 08:45 PM   #15 
  - Absolutely right  peaches2003   Oct-29-09 08:49 PM   #16 
  - We can thank him now for backing the correct bill from out of the committees  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-29-09 09:02 PM   #18 
  - I think it would.  shimmergal   Oct-30-09 10:02 PM   #26 
     - Harry has redeemed himself with progressives LIKE ME!!!  TankLV   Oct-31-09 07:37 AM   #28 
  - K&R, thanks for another well thought out post  mvd   Oct-29-09 08:29 PM   #13 
  - This post indirectly provides an interesting perspective on the current debate  ProSense   Oct-29-09 08:45 PM   #14 
  - A good and fair observation  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-29-09 08:59 PM   #17 
     - Frankly, a lot of progressive Democrats stepped up on this.  ProSense   Oct-29-09 09:06 PM   #19 
        - Agreed. A definite positive development.n/t  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-29-09 09:26 PM   #20 
  - The outcome in the Senate is critical.  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-29-09 10:48 PM   #21 
  - K&R n/t  Lugnut   Oct-30-09 12:37 AM   #22 
  - Right On  maxpower   Oct-30-09 10:21 AM   #23 
  - We can't let the House Bill distract us  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-30-09 06:45 PM   #24 
  - It is a national defining moment.  grantcart   Oct-30-09 08:54 PM   #25 
     - Yep.  Tom Rinaldo   Oct-31-09 06:48 AM   #27 

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