The Kucinich decision | rabble.ca by Fred Wilson
A traitor’s best weapon is found in the fact that those who they have been allies of just can’t believe that they’ve been betrayed. Therefore, Those associates trick themselves into believing everything but the evidence of their eyes and reason, as evil wizard, Andre Linoge (played by Colm Fiore in the miniseries The Storm Of The Century, based on a story by Stephen King), explained. ‘Linoge’ is an anagram of ‘Legion’. In the Christian Bible, there was a demon who answered Jesus’s request to identify himself by stating that he is Legion. And the demon explained what that meant. (SOTC’s Linoge character no doubt was supposed to be that Biblical demon. If not, then that’s quite an astonishing coincidence. Or demon inspiration. Hey, Maybe they’re craving a little attention? Linoge, however, does not say anything about associates.) By his answer, the demon simply indicated to Jesus that he wasn’t alone, since a legion was a large number of Roman soldiers. Demons aren’t Roman soldiers, so the demon may have also been saying to Jesus that he was with a large number of other fallen angels who were opposed to him and God, which Jesus already knew. (Soldiers aren’t sheepherders or healers, for example.) In other words, He answered Jesus’s question but not by offering him his personal name (Mark 5:9). It was the equivalent of someone today answering someone’s request to identify him- or herself by telling the inquirer to f@&k off.
Linoge wanted one of the town’s children to take as his own and he threatened to destroy them all if they didn’t hand one over to him. But the way Linoge went about acquiring a child ensured that all the townsfolks would have the opportunity to sell their souls in the process. He had the power to just take what he wanted, but his task, as it is for all evil, powerful (and not so powerful) people in the real world, is to also help the Devil steal the souls of others. The deal is ‘sin and survive’ and there’s never any guarantee that the ‘survival’ will even be for a short time, let alone eternal.
An excerpt from the above linked-to post by Fred Wilson follows:
…Last November he voted against the health care bill because of its lack of a strong public option and its requirement that millions of Americans buy private insurance from the for-profit health care insurance companies. After a flight from Washington to Cleveland on Airforce 1 with the President, Kucinich decided to change his position.
Watching Kucinich explain his reversal made me very uncomfortable, but I could not help feeling empathy for the Congressman. He squirmed with the acknowledgement that the Obama legislation is “not a step towards anything I have fought for” but rather a regulation of private, for-profit health care.
His decision to support the bill was based on these factors: first his determination that a public option was not attainable at this time, and there was a political need to accomplish something; second, his conclusion that Obama’s presidency may hang in the balance of the health care vote; and perhaps most important, his decision that neither he nor progressives can allow themselves to be held responsible for a setback that would empower and embolden the Republicans, and likely take health care reform off the table for another decade.
The following is my (sure to be disliked) online response to Fred’s sad Rabble blog post, if it survives:
** I will not be sucked in by this disease of fake progressivism, fwilson. Your post is infuriating.
You have not made any case. You only serve to demonstrate how to dissemble. Now, Either you ‘are’ dissembling or you’re imitating others who are doing it. Either way, It’s not helpful.
Here’s the core of your pitch for us to forgive Kucinich:
“His decision to support the bill was based on these factors: first his determination that a public option was not attainable at this time, and there was a political need to accomplish something; second, his conclusion that Obama’s presidency may hang in the balance of the health care vote; and perhaps most important, his decision that neither he nor progressives can allow themselves to be held responsible for a setback that would empower and embolden the Republicans, and likely take health care reform off the table for another decade.”
The first factor isn’t one, really. The ‘political’ need? Only a public that is sleeping, and willing to suck up dissembling whenever it’s offered by fake progressives, needs to be patted on the back and told that everything is all right, even while the evidence of their own eyes and experiences tells them differently. But is that the right way for political leaders to operate? Please the indifferent, uncaring, overworked, distracted, (successfully) propagandized masses and screw those citizens who cared enough to know (by thinking critically) that Obama, like the democracy his class gives us, is fake? Screw the citizens who perhaps go even further and try to actively bring about change by telling others what they need to hear about plans for health care ‘reform’ pushed by special, capitalist, interests and by protesting against the foes of a system that works for everyone rather than just a few?
I’m sure I’ve got that right, because you go on in your itemization of big reasons to mention that “Obama’s presidency may hang in the balance.” And losing Obama, a friend of uncaring special interests (as you well know; while you’re implying that his angry words toward them are sincere!) who have just consigned millions of Americans to greater insecurity (and in some cases, worse) with his help, is a problem why?!!!
Speaking of another decade, With so many ‘progressives’ leading the remaining left-leaning citizens over to the rightwing camp, I’m sure it’ll be more like forever. (Fortunately, That won’t be the case, but not because we can count on betrayal.)
What’s going on Rabble? **