Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Yes We Can!

”The time for bickering is over.  The time for games has passed.  Now is the season for action.  Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do.  Now is the time to deliver on health care.”
- President Barack Obama, September 9, 2009

Tonight President Barack Obama, in his speech before a joint session of Congress, hit one out of the park! I was very pleased both with the content of the speech and his performance. He reviewed the history of this decades long struggle for healthcare and health insurance reform. He called out the lies and disinformation. He summoned the spirit of the late Senator Ted Kennedy; with Teddy’s widow and children in attendance. Most importantly, he outlined a solid roadmap to get the citizens of our country the stability and security they deserve.

Over at Organizing For America they have an good summary of the President’s plan - which includes a public option.

They also provide a very simple and speedy way for you to contact your Members of Congress to urge them to support President Obama’s plan.

psssst...Do Something!


Kate said...

In light of the recent health care controversies, an interesting op-ed in the Globe about the state of the Republican Party. The author argues the need for a more rational right-of-center-party, not the extremist Republican party that currently exists.

Kate said...

whoops...and here is the link

Pink Granite said...

Hi Kate -
Thanks so much for the information and the link to a very good article.

Having grown up in Rhode Island, I have a great appreciation for the old political system. As a state, we elected both Democrats and Republicans, based on the individual, their experience, their character and their position on the issues. It wasn't a straight party vote. So the polarization we are experiencing today is a shock, a deep disappointment and extremely troubling.

I hated President George W. Bush, but I never forgot he was president. I respected the office. I sometimes referred to "Bush-Cheney-Rove" collectively, but usually I wrote his full name and title. The extraordinary disrespect for President Obama, exhibited proudly and loudly by the extreme right, is stunning and offensive.

Debate, discuss, protest, argue - propose some alternative legislation for pity's sake, but enough of the racism, caricatures, boorish behavior, scare tactics and flat out lies!
- A.L.

P.S. Sometimes Blogger loses some of a link when it wraps text, so here is a shortened version of your link: