The Democrats have moved to the right, Republicans have moved to the mental hospital--Bill Maher
How do Republicans train themselves to be so impervious to reality? It begins,
I suspect, with religion. They are taught from a young age that it is
good to have "faith" – which is, by definition, a belief without any
evidence to back it up. You don't have "faith" that Australia exists,
or that fire burns: you have evidence. You only need "faith" to believe
the untrue or unprovable. Indeed, they are taught that faith is the
highest aspiration and most noble cause. Is it any surprise this then
percolates into their political views? Faith-based thinking spreads and
contaminates the rational.
Robert Reich, the former Labor
secretary, scholar and commentator, called Tuesday for a “march on
Washington” on Sept. 13 —“Grandparents Day” — in support of a health
care bill that offers a public option.
While he said organizing was not his strength, he would be prepared to
assist. “If enough people feel that’s the best way for their voices to
be heard, and can’t be heard in any other way, then we march,”
A group of conservatives have already announced a “tea party” movement
march on Washington for Sept. 12. An opposing march the next day, if
one were to materialize, could make for an interesting weekend.
Reich’s suggested march is the latest manifestation of liberal anger
about signs that the Obama administration may be willing to live
without a public option if it means a health care bill can become law.
“Very few things happen in Washington that are in the public's interest
when corporations have huge financial stakes in the game, as they
obviously do with health care — unless the public is actively involved,
engaged and organized,” Reich wrote. “We won't get a public option, or
anything close to it, unless people who feel strongly about it make a
The “first step is to be very loud and very vocal: Write, phone,
e-mail, your congressional delegation and the White House.
Get others to do the same.
Third step: Get voters in Montana, North
Dakota, Nebraska, and other states where Blue Dog Dems and wavering
Senate Dems live, and have them make a hell of a fuss.
March on Washington.”
He suggested the morning of Sept. 13 because “that's a Sunday, and it's
also Grandparents Day. I've just become a grandparent, and I'm worried
as hell about the kind of world my little granddaughter is inheriting. “