February 23, 2018
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Sing, Dennis

Today the Health Reform Bill gets a big shot in the arm: Dennis Kucinich, the highly principled progressive voice is flipping and coming out for the bill.  The Dems big problem has been people like him, who understand that Single-Payer, Medicare-for-all, is the only real way to fix the health care mess in the US would not support the bill as it has evolved.  It is a messy thing that has way too much compromise with the prevailing power structure.  But it will insure 30 million people and end awful things that happen to all of us, like denial of care for “pre-existing conditions”. Kucinich clears the way for realpolitik to get what’s possible now, leaving more progress for the next round.  That’s kind of progressive.

The  Right sees this happening and are losing it big time.  Frustrated at losing this debate, the Right has decided to attack this little boy, Marcelas Owens, showing their true colors.  Another “Have you, at long last, no decency at all” moment. It’s  good to see them hanging out in there public like this: hating America.  The truth is a good thing.

From Media Matters:

Right-wing media target Marcelas and family; portray them as “liberal activists”

Beck: “Where was grandma” when Marcelas’ mother was sick? On the March 15 edition of his Fox News show, Glenn Beck attacked Marcelas’ grandmother — who appeared with Marcelas at the health care event — for her work with the organization Washington Community Action Network. Beck said the group was “all about economic, racial, gender, and social justice for all” — “pesky phrases” Beck then tied to “the Soviet Union” and the “democratic socialist republic in China.” Beck said of Marcelas’ appearance on Capitol Hill: “The trip was paid for by Health Care for America Now — that’s the George Soros-funded, Barack Obama-approved group fighting for health care. Since all of these groups are so concerned and so involved now, may I ask, where were you when Marcelas’ mother was vomiting blood?” Beck continued: “Wasn’t this the perfect opportunity to help provide a decent quality of life for all — at least, for one? You had somebody in your own ranks that knew — her mother knew. Dare I ask: Where was grandma?”

Limbaugh tells Marcelas: “Your mom would have still died, because Obamacare doesn’t kick in until 2014.” On the March 12 edition of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh aired a clip of Marcelas’ remarks at the health care event and said, “Now, this is unseemly, exploitative, an 11-year-old kid being forced to tell this story all over just to benefit the Democrat Party and Barack Obama.” Limbaugh later said, referring to Marcelas, “Your mom would have still died, because Obamacare doesn’t kick in until 2014.”