PA 4th C.D. Chapter, Progressive Democrats of America
Democrat Martha Coakley may win the Massachusetts special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by the death of Ted Kennedy. But the massive mobilization of Democratic Party resources across the nation, including the President, to save a Democratic seat from a Republican upset in a state with a 3:1 Democratic registration edge is a sign of a serious problem.
President Obama said in Massachusetts today that he understands that people are upset. He claimed that it wasn’t his fault but the fault of eight years of Bush that he’s had only one year to rectify. “Understand what’s at stake here, Massachusetts,” Mr. Obama said. “It’s whether we’re going forwards or backwards.”
Indeed, the voters who elected Obama President are unhappy with the kind of “forwards” that his administration has provided this past year. The escalation of the war in Afghanistan, no matter what Obama said in his campaign, is a deeply felt betrayal of the American people’s desire for peace.
The retainment of the financial criminal gang from Goldman Sachs in the Treasury and the Council of Economic Advisers deeply revolts and angers the American people suffering from the economic crisis while these crooks continue to rake in record profits.
Lastly the promise of fair and affordable healthcare reform with a public option and no taxes on middle income Americans has been tossed aside like an empty phrase from a fortune cookie. Instead working Americans will pay a tax on benefits, be forced to buy private insurance, see coverage reduced, and the insurance companies will be subsidized with no limits on premium increases to cover the uninsured.
Progressive Democrats in Massachusetts may turn out and save Coakley, but their votes will be difficult to mobilize without some political movement in Washington. If Obama wants to stimulate Progressive Democrats to turn out on Tuesday he should take some decisive political action on Monday.
First, he should fire White House Chief Rahm Emanuel, the architect of the murder of health care reform. He should then fire bankers Lawrence Summers and Timothy Geithner and withdraw his nomination of Ben Bernanke for a second term as head of the Federal Reserve System. Lastly he should fire Defense Secretary Robert Gates and General Stanley McChrystal.
These firings would have more effect before the election than if forced afterwards by the defeat of Martha Coakley by voters fed up with Obama’s path of no resistance to the financial elite and the global war cabal in the Pentagon. These firings now would inspire the electorate of Massachusetts and revive the hopes of the American people for a survivable future.