In pursuit of reason, we clogged phone lines, crashed email servers and overwhelmed Twitter accounts. Sometimes it feels like, if there wasn’t the predictable attrition of immoral and crooked politicians, we would see no glimmer of sunlight in the illusory, dark clouds conjured by the Kochs and Karl Rove.
But our fight is not over because of one compromise, one bill, one law. That it must pass, for all the political and market reasons, is clear. That this is the patio door we slam into on our way to help seniors and the poor is also true. But we don’t jump up and hit the door again, expecting different results. We get up, dust off our indignation and live to fight another day.
We muster more forces, align politicians, from both sides of the aisle. If neither side’s leadership is crossing the aisle to look for votes, then we should. If you live in a GOP district, and your Congressional representative is afraid of offending Boehner or Cantor or Norquist, remind him or her that those guys don’t vote in your district. Voters do, and you can deliver voters to a cooperative Congressman.
Look, it’s not so much the political party, but the ultra-partisanship that is destroying our country. This bill, as flawed as it is, reflects at least some bipartisanship in how it was assembled and, eventually, approved. Can’t we celebrate that, at least?
One favorite quote, from the Bhagavad Gita (18,59), is “When you say, ‘I will not fight,’ you are misleading yourself. Nature compels you to.”
I fight for cooperation, and for the few wise humans who know how to get things done through action-oriented leadership. I’m very disappointed with the state of the State, but I’ve not given up that enlightenment – for which, I am, alas, compelled at least to try to be a cause – will win out. Can never, ever, give up on that.