A few thoughts on Democrats

I am not a member of any organized political party. I am a Democrat.

—Will Rogers

The past few days have had us witness a sad spectacle.

It’s safe to say that Obamacare’s roll-out hasn’t been as smooth as it should have been. Website problems have been a real hindrance to its more effective implementation, especially in a society wallowing in instant gratification. But, the fact is, that it’s a website, and fixable, and no one has died as a result. The same can’t be said about policies enacted by the previous Administration.

But the outrage ginned up by the mass media over the website problems—an outrage which was losing its motive force as Healthcare.gov performed better by the day—was as nothing compared to the fulminations falling from the lips of well-coiffed “journalists” over President Obama’s “broken promise”. That promise—that if you liked your insurance policy you could keep it—wasn’t broken by him, but by insurance companies which had issued junk policies which did not meet the strictures of the PPACA and were thus cancelling those policies, without informing consumers about options they had on the exchanges. Suddenly the news shows were filled with people apoplectic that their policies had been cancelled—policies, mind you, which could be cancelled at any moment for any reason, say, for instance, if you dared to get sick—and braying that Obama had “broken his promise”.

Today, the President offered an administrative fix, which allowed insurance companies to renew those policies for another year, but also stipulated that those companies had to inform their policy holders of the much better options available under Obamacare. In one move, he defused yet another manufactured scandal.

However, in the lead up to today’s press conference, we were treated to a parade of nervous Democrats, buffeted by the negative coverage, turning against the party’s greatest achievement in social welfare since the birth Medicare. The website’s problems had Democrats opining that the individual mandate should be delayed for a year. And the “broken promise” had Democrats in both the House and Senate rushing to administer a cure which would put the PPACA on life support. We were treated to the image of, once again, President Obama standing alone, and having to fight a hostile press, a rabid GOP, and the usual feckless Democrats.

One thing you can say about Republicans is that they march in lockstep. During the shutdown fiasco, we were treated to breathless reports about “moderate” Republicans who were ready to break with the leadership and stick a knife in the Tea Party’s back. They never materialized; the House GOP caucus would have doomed us to default in the service of party solidarity.

Democrats, obviously, are different. The party is much more diverse, holding within its caucus both Bernie Sanders and Joe Manchin. There are bound to be disagreements.

But in regards to the most signal Democratic achievement of the past 50 years, there should be no light between Congressional Democrats and the White House. There should have been not a single House Democrat going on record as being open to the GOP’s “fix” for the “broken promise”. Senator Mary Landrieu’s bill should have had one line, to the effect that insurance companies would have to inform their junk policy holders of the much better options available on the health exchanges. The drumbeat sh0uld have been that ACA was the law of the land, was here to stay, and that Democrats would work to make it better.

Instead we had Democratic legislators running for the hills, afraid of their own shadows, displaying both moral and political cowardice. Suddenly, providing a health safety net to 30 million uninsured was not a cause to fight for, but a political headache to avoid. Democratic principles went by the wayside, replaced with a fear of being called nasty names on the cable and network news shows. Too many Democrats showed once again why so many view them as weak-kneed and spineless.

This has to stop. If Democrats can’t loudly and proudly defend the greatest expansion of the social safety net in 50 years, and run on it and win, then the party deserves power as much as does the GOP. Once Obamacare lumbers into its full gallop, it has the promise of cementing a Democratic dominance for a generation. But that will only happen if Democrats stand firm with the President, and don’t cower in fear with every minor setback. Politics are not for the faint of heart. Republicans embody this truism; too many Democrats seem afraid of bumps in the night, like little children.

This isn’t an essay telling Democrats to never darken my doorway. But this is an essay to put them on notice. Run away from Obamacare at your own political peril. Run with it, and we may yet pull the fat out of the fire.

74 Responses to “A few thoughts on Democrats”

  1. 6 GGail
    November 14, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I was just starting to oogle that FINE picture of POTUS, when I hear this “ding” and there’s a “Leave A Comment”

  2. 7 Nena20409
    November 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Congrats GGail…..Gold ❗ Silver ❗

  3. 9 Don
    November 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    1st!………person not named GGail

  4. 11 GGail
    November 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    LL, you sure told the truth!

    Come hell or high water, the GOP will “appear” to be solid – even if it means locking some of them away in a chamber until they achieve their goal.

    But Dems – scatter like little chicks.

  5. 12 desertflower
    November 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Brought over:

    Thank you, Gabby and Mark! Veterans for Responsible Solutions…. (to gun violence)


    Yet another thing I was dealing with yesterday was the knowledge that a young girl that had gone to the elementary school I work in, was shot by her mentally ill father. She was an honor’s student and loved by many. The dad was so abusive, that he was forbidden to go near her middle school and the mother feared for her life and had a restraining order against him. She’s filed for divorce in Oct. siting domestic violence….and feared for herself and her daughter. Yesterday, she went to the house to gather some belongings and he was there…waiting. He shot his brother-in-law (twice…in case he wasn’t dead enough the first time) went into the house and shot his wife and daughter and dragged his dead wife’s body outside and set her on fire. The police had been called to their house before because he was suicidal. Yet THIS man had a gun. WHAT THE FUCKING HELL!!
    School was in mourning yesterday….and will be for some time. Why on earth do we make this possible?

    • 13 GGail
      November 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Oh DF, I heard a snippet of this story, but did not know the whole sad story until now.

      All I can say is I’m sorry

      • 14 desertflower
        November 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm

        Thank you, GGail…there is nothing TO say, except this needs to stop. We need to stop making excuses and enabling crazy people that would do this to others.

        • 15 HZ
          November 14, 2013 at 1:59 pm

          ((((((((( Peaceful thoughts coming into your space dedicated and great educator of our times, TY))))))))) My desertflower, my thoughts are in tune with your emotions and all of those who are dealing with this sad situation. People often do not even consider the ripple effect of how this touches some many within the school where the child has attended and is currently attending. All of those precious students lives are turned upside down because of one person’s awful act.

          May a calmness of comfort be with this family and these students of this young student. ()HZ

    • 17 99ts
      November 14, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      Dear DF – such an incredibly sad story – although I do not see the amount of gun violence that exists in your world – I do see domestic violence in play – more often than not men that will not accept a relationship has ended – I wonder whether it is mental illness or whether it is the continual fight from parts of society against women’s rights – men who consider their word is law – and every man has the right to treat women as he sees fit. Too often “suicidal” folks involved in domestic issues do NOT kill themselves.

  6. 18 Nena20409
    November 14, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Dems since their FDR have issues.

    Since 1968. 1972, 1980, 2000 to 2013.

    In my lifetime, Dems are interest groups in one Party……loosely connected. That is why they are easily spooked when the Media circle the wagon.

  7. 19 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 1:49 pm

  8. 20 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

  9. 23 willowood
    November 14, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    It’s been a sickening spectacle…something Democrats like to do-shoot themselves in the foot or each other in the back AND WHY? What’s the point? Have we learned nothing from the Republicans? Maybe the one thing we should take from them. Back up the President at all times and all costs unless it is something so evil as the Iraq War (which they did and continue to do to this day), or misogyny, or vote disqualification…ad nauseum. They know to stand together for hate and we have leaned ABSOLUTEL nothing about standing STRONG for good.

    This President has withstood more ridicule and party disloyalty than should be tolerated. I have made my calls to these democrats,. They simply bow to the right every single time. It has such an ill effect I wonder what this will do to the ACA considering this difficult role out has been impeded every step of the way by Governors who wish to see it fail…and now we have Democrats who are jumping on board.

    LL is so completely correct. They’ve muddied the waters and we’ll have hell to pay for this type of disloyalty to a good and decent man as well as the ACA.

  10. 24 Don
    November 14, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Great read, LL, and a great move by President Obama to silence his critics all the while smiling and apologizing. Now the MSM must carry the water for the insurance companies about how shitty their shit policies were and how awful it is that President Obama made them speak the truth about their shitty policies.

  11. 25 Judith Fardig
    November 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Let’s all call our own Democrats in Congress and tell them to back their signature achievement and their President. I have also sent tweets and a FAX to the Democrats running for re-election using LL’s column from yesterday. Sheesh! Why the hell would they want to help the GOP poke holes in the ACA?

  12. 26 desertflower
    November 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    Bravo, LL! My exact thoughts down to the periods!

  13. 27 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    • November 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    • 29 jackiegrumbacher
      November 14, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Hah, UT, this is pure comedy on Boehner’s part. He isn’t even trying anymore–just mouthing stupid talking points and going through the motions of playacting as Speaker. If he were to sit in his living room and stare at the walls, he would be more effective–at least he wouldn’t get in anyone’s way.

  14. 30 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    YUP. Well played, President Obama.

  15. 31 mtmarilyn
    November 14, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    LL thank you for putting into words the way I feel!

  16. 32 HZ
    November 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Great read LL. I appreciate you bringing this out. A lot of these Dems do not even deserve the honest move that President Obama made today. He will always keep his word, but we certainly cannot trust them to keep their support towards President Obama. These spineless people are in so many ways just like their opposition in Congress. Greed, disrespect, and power hungry. Shame on this sorry bunch.HZ

  17. November 14, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    • 35 HZ
      November 14, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Hi my beautiful Tally. Good to see you again. ((((((((((( Lots of love, my Tally)))))))))) Thanks for your tweet. Truth to the core. HZ

    • 37 CarolynfromDetroit
      November 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      My thoughts exactly! Democrats who tried to distance themselves from the President lost seats anyway.

      • November 14, 2013 at 2:46 pm

        And it’s not just those Democrats who try to distance themselves from the President, but it’s also the ones who condone that behavior through their silence.

        • 39 carolyn
          November 14, 2013 at 2:57 pm

          They are really slow learners. Why can’t they understand that PBO is the best thing they have going for them! Half of them would not have been elected if it were not for him. They wear me out. None so blind as those who will not see!

  18. 40 yardarm756
    November 14, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Another prophet of doom: Nia Maleka Henderson. Another broom rider. 😦

  19. November 14, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Good Afternoon Everyone
    Thanks for this article. I agree with every word. A must read article that every Congress Person & Senate Person should read and take into account. I’ve about had it with them. It’s like herding cats all the time. Thank goodness POTUS is determined to keep moving us forward.

  20. 44 Nena20409
    November 14, 2013 at 2:39 pm


    Authorities placed a man in custody after shots were fired Thursday at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, outside of Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

    Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told reporters Thursday that police had a warrant for a felon in possession of a firearm, who they knew was at a neo-natal unit in the hospital. When police arrived on the scene around noon, the man had a baby in his arms. He put the baby down when officers approached him. The man then ran down a hallway and pulled out a handgun. Police fired multiple shots at the man.

    Clarke did not confirm whether the man fired any shots at police.

  21. November 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I was in and out during the press conference and missed a lot of it, but wasn’t there a question/answer regarding the role of the states’ insurance commissioners and their impact on what is available in the exchange — i.e., policies offered and costs?

  22. 49 susanne
    November 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    talk about speedy–hawaii’s governor signed the marriage equality law yesterday, opponents filed a lawsuit to reject it, and today the judge found in favor of marriage equality.


    • November 14, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Wonder what the opponents were thinking. Always thought of Hawaii as a live-and-let-live kind of state, not one that liked to nose around people’s personal lives. Here’s another person in agreement with the Governor and Judge.

      • 51 susanne
        November 14, 2013 at 3:28 pm

        aloha arapaho
        hawaii was highly missionized, and many people here, though very easy-going, are also very religious. a friend of mine who is catholic told me she was opposed to marriage equality because people should be having children. hmmm. i reminded her that married gay people are more likely to have children than those whose relationships don’t allow for that level of support. and also, gay people who are not legally permitted to marry each other are not going to just decide to marry someone of the opposite sex and birth babies. none of that logic really sunk through the dogma, though.

        • 52 theo67
          November 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

          I always wonder if people who make statements like that are saying that if a person can’t have kids because of a medical reason, that they should not be allowed to get married? And what about those couples who choose not to have kids – should they be banned, too? Seems like really flawed logic.

        • November 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

          Had no idea that Hawaii was a religious state.

          The answer to the world’s problems is have children? Seems like there are more than enough people willing to do so; agree with you, don’t understand arguments like this — it’s better to persecute and demean LBGT? Can’t help but think of Oscar Wilde, the wit of the Victorian age, and how unjustly persecuted he was.

  23. November 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    you are wonderful. thanks so much for this.

    Every last one of those feckless Dems should be standing up, especially if they come from a state where the GOP Governor hasn’t expanded Medicaid and won’t set up a state exchange and scream about how many people are going to be denied access to healthcare.

  24. November 14, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    LL, My brain, caught up lately in an inchoate and gasping kind of fury, thanks you and your v. fine skills for relieving the pressure.

  25. 56 ouapiti
    November 14, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Good post, LL, thank you. I share your outrage at the Dems and their lousy, disloyal behavior. And as much as I hate for our President to be put in a position where he apologizes, I always remember what I was once told: It’s better to beg forgiveness than to ask permission. He will just keep on doing his good work in spite of it all!

  26. November 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    GO Kamala Harris:

  27. November 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    Great post, as usual, LL.

    Particularly liked this part, which should be on the landing page of every Democratic Representative and Senator:
    President Obama’s “broken promise”. That promise—that if you liked your insurance policy you could keep it—wasn’t broken by him, but by insurance companies which had issued junk policies which did not meet the strictures of the PPACA and were thus cancelling those policies, without informing consumers about options they had on the exchanges.

    Tweeted this out from the end of the R&S thread, posted by Ladyhawke, who apparently is not on twitter:

  28. 65 theo67
    November 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    The willful ignorance of so many Americans is exhausting. How is it that grown adults can allow themselves to be duped by mindless twits who spread lies and innuendo, when facts are actually readily available. If you are a person with bad insurance, or no insurance, why can’t you go to the many information sites provided by HHS, state governments, the White House, some insurance companies, AARP, etc., to get the truth? What are the Democratic congress people doing to help provide information to people, or point them in the right direction?

    I just heard a few days ago from someone who said that they refuse to sign up for Obamacare because he’ll take away their investment homes. The person who said this has a wife suffering with cancer, and they have insufficient coverage. And this same person refuses to even look at the ACA information, for fear of whatever boogeyman they think will attack them. It’s a real sickness.

  29. November 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    It’s lunch time in the Golden State, and my weatherbug app tells me it’s 91 degrees outside.

    For all my fellow southwest residents, reminders that gloating about our weather may be a perverse kind of joy:

  30. 69 JER
    November 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Live Stream is up for President Obama in Ohio: http://www.cbsnews.com/liveFeed/widget.shtml

  31. 70 Linda
    November 14, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I see Chuckie had deemed this a failure this morning on the Today show..


    • 71 LDS
      November 14, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      He is the failure, that Chucky Todd.
      Perpetrating as a journalist should be grounds for firing or at least shaving that stupid beard.
      It is sad thing when you can’t admit when you are wrong and just tell the truth. Chucky Todd prefers to sound as dumb as he looks.

  32. 72 utaustinliberal
    November 14, 2013 at 3:40 pm

  33. 74 criquet
    November 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Just to remind any who forgot so you can push back on all the RWNJ claims about PBO who did not lie but thought the projections of 98% could keep and the 2% were grandfathered in were correct.

    Ronald Reagan gave a primetime address in March 1997 apologizing for real lies he told in relation to the Iran Contra debacle. And he admitted it was a lie even though he went on to say he did not know at the time blah, blah, blah. His approval dropped from 63% to 47 % in one month and he had a fawning press and MSM and did not have to deal with a rabid , treacherous opposition party.

    PBO will do what he always does, keep working and doing what he can to improve America and its citizens and will be rewarded for it.

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