Maybe Democracy Isn’t Completely Dead..!


“…and  may god bless the snouting, velvet Dingells…”

It has felt so much like the fix is in, for so long now, that, even though we have a black (ok..mixed race) american named Barack Hussein Obama in the White House…it still seemed as if it was all a con to assuage the fears of those of us who still love the notion of a free and democratic society (and not a tri-lateral [or whatever-the-hell] oligarchy) and when he hired a bunch of GOBs  from Wall Street and gave all this bailout money to The Street, with so little regulation…it seemed to confirm, for many of us, our worst fears…but, I’ve got to say, when the regrettably, far- from- the-universal-healthcare-of-our-dreams (but still monumental), health reform bill, passed the Congress, last night, the voices of tens of millions of Americans from over the past 75 years since the congress passed the Social Security Act of 1935 (as part of FDR’s [& John David Dingell, Sr.’s] New Deal) and the Social Security Amendment Act of 1965 (that saw the creation of Medicare and Medicaid during the socially progressive Great Society under LBJ [& John David Dingell, Jr.]) these voices were finally, at long, long, long, long, long last…heard. And as Dylan Thomas, a hard drinking Welshman, might have said, were he watching the historical (and interminable) roll calls on the TV above the bar at the White Horse Tavern, on Sunday night (and with the blessing of his spiritual kinsman, Sen. Edward Kennedy [they say the Welsh are the Irish who couldn’t swim]) “…the houses [of Congress] are blind as moles (though moles see fine to-night…)”  so…thanks, Mr. President, and all your cohorts, sir, for all your persistence, on all of our behalves.

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