copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert
MoveOn.org presents this production with a desire to seek donations. This self-proclaimed “Progressive” organization hopes to advance the Democratic candidate, and look for dollars to do so. In essence, MoveOn would wish the public to think that if we advocate for Barack Obama then the Party platform will be fulfilled. As one who does not necessarily see these two entities as equivalent, I offer this audio-visual presentation more as a tool to inform than a request for a contribution.
Might we muse of misinformation, misinterpretations, misapprehension, and misalliances. The video mentions many. However, the perspective is understandably skewed. Please ponder; Democrats are not divine. Republicans are not devoid of principles. People, myself included, protect the points of view they trust to be true. Frequently, this means, intentionally, humans will focus on the differences. I am no exception. Hence, I offer what may be my divergent views.
As one who believes war is not an option, I do not think a shift in troop deployment will bring an end to combat. Soldiers will not be sent home if a Commander-In-Chief intends to fight a feud in Afghanistan. I propose the public ponder; potential President Barack Obama posits, more troops are needed in yet another volatile territory. The Illinois Senator says, American forces should have been in Afghanistan all along.
The Illinois Senator trusts, terrorists lie in wait in Afghanistan, and America must act. Just as John McCain asserts, Barack Obama affirms, he “will not hesitate to use military force.” For the Democratic Presidential candidate, there is a “war we need to win.” Sadly, his statement does not refer to a nonviolent assault on poverty. Nor does he genuinely mean to address Universal Health Care.
MoveOn.org encourages Americans to donate to the cause. They promise, if we work to elect Barack Obama, four years from now, all Americans will have quality Health Care. What this group of political activists does not speak to is a stark reality for near forty-seven million. Those who cannot afford adequate coverage now, under the Obama plan, will likely still not be able to pay for an insurance plan. Nonetheless, MoveOn.org avows, if we are able to place Barack Obama in the Oval office, in less than 1500 days, everyone in our family, and each of our friends, could have [valuable and adequate] medical services. The operative word is could.
Please peruse the Health Care proposal Barack Obama puts forth. Observe, the option to offer universal coverage is absent. With Barack Obama in the White House, tens of millions of Americans will remain personally responsible for their medical bills. Without funds to pay for necessary treatment, most will go without.
A clean energy economy will not be created as long as Americans are fed pabulum or petroleum. We cannot cure an addiction to oil if “leaders” endorse policies that continue to provide the fossil fuels that have destroyed the environment. A Presidential hopeful intent on compromise does not invite change we can believe in. An openness to offshore drilling delays an authentic investment in renewable sources for propulsion.
I believe, if Americans or Presidential aspirants, do not close one door, they will not likely be desperate enough to open another.
Therefore, as I assess the plans of each of the candidates, I see few distinctions. I do not perceive that anyone who invests in what is will solve the energy crisis. Presidential hopeful John McCain, and Senator Obama are willing to sell an anxious public short-range solutions, ones that will ultimately cause greater harm to the planet. Politicians on the Left and Right pander to an easily appeased populace. The shared commitment is to the status quo. This is not change I can believe in.
Perchance, if MoveOn.org did not advance the prescribed media message or secure the myths, I would be willing to support the activist alliance. At present, I feel frustrated. I was once hopeful. There was a time when I believed. Now, I am mired in misgivings.
I cannot contribute to what will not bring change. I will not call myself Progressive in name only.
When Progressives again prefer global peace, I will return to the Party. When the presumptive Democratic nominee proclaims an end to perpetual wars I will donate to his or her campaign. When Universal Single Payer Not for Profit Health Care is endorsed by the political platform that was once mine, I will support the strategy. When the Left launches policies that preserve the planet, and does not endanger species, MoveOn, I will add my name to your list. Until Liberals chose to cause no harm to man or beast, I prefer to pour my time and money into a movement that is truly “on” point.
For now, I perceive the Progressive agenda as one that promotes Party propaganda. I will not advance the rhetoric. Nor will I commit to such an unsavory campaign. The relationship was nice while it lasted. Now, that your organization asks funds to sponsor a myth, I must move on.
References to Move On . . .
- Troops in Afghanistan Need Help, Obama Says, By Jeff Zelany. The New York Times. July 14, 2008
- Remarks of Senator Obama: The War We Need to Win, Barack Obama. August 1, 2007
- Quality, Affordable and Portable Coverage for All. Barack Obama. Obama ’08
- Obama Shows New Openness to Offshore Oil Drilling, By Kent Garber. USA Today. August 4, 2008
- The Case for Universal Single Payer Not for Profit Health Care. Connecticut Coalition for Universal Health Care.