"Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."
Harry S Truman
Will President Obama cave in to pressure from the Republicans and Right Wing media? If he does and compromises his own values and promises to the American people he will have lost the faith and hope he instilled in his supporters. It would be better for him to have fought tooth and nail for the health care bill and be defeated than to compromise and have a watered down bill that cozies up to the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries and satisfies his Republican critics. What is disappointed about President Obama is his lack of fire and determination to fight it out with his critics on the Right. We know that the Democrats in the house and Senate have for the most part, as said so eloquently by Bill Moyer, had their spines surgically removed. The leadership needed from the president has not materialized. Other than a few courageous members of the house and senate most Democrats are looking at poll numbers and quaking in their boots.
To their credit the Republicans lost the house the senate and the presidency but they still are a force to be reckoned with and are uncompromising in their determination and doggedness in their opposition to the presidents health reforms.
President Obama needs to be less conciliatory and a little more of fighter and show the leadership that has been sorely missing. This is his moment, the question is will President Obama have the courage to be decisive or will he resort to the past and vote "present".
A man of conviction, John Conyers, won't sign a health care bill without the public option, critical of President Obama
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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - September 7 - "A coalition of more than 40 conservation and faith organizations representing millions of Americans sent a letter to Verizon Wireless on Friday asking the company to withdraw its sponsorship of Massey Energy’s Friends of America Rally. The groups, led by the Center for Biological Diversity, are extremely disappointed that Verizon Wireless chose to ally itself with right-wing extremists in an anti-union event organized to oppose climate change legislation and to celebrate mountaintop removal coal mining." www.commondreams.org
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