by Trey Rentz, Tue Oct 27, 2009 at 05:26:17 PM EDT
Obama, in his short tenure as leader of the free world - has made amazing strides. Facing his first test as a leader, he chose to support a strong healthcare reform package that contained meaningful provisions to enable competition, better healthcare, lower cost and options where none existed before.
Senators like Joseph Lieberman, the Bush Republicans, and members of the GOP who have been squarely opposed to any kind of meaningful reform - are planning to participate in something called a filibuster.
A filibuster is when American citizens subsidize the US Senate to do absolutely nothing for them, whatsoever. Senators get up before the body of gathered - or as the case may be - absent - representatives, and draw salary for having done such things as read their wife's favorite recipes, from a recipe book - read the dictionary, and go over long articles written in journals and magazines. In general, the form of debate that Joseph Lieberman is stating he will be interested in joining - is a maneuver that attempts to shut down the senate by making it impossible to act.
The Public have spoken loudly about their option. According to a recent Wall Street Journal Poll, 72% of Americans support this meaningful healthcare reform and all Americans support, through their taxes, the salaries and lifestyles of those senators who will be participating in the filibuster against the reform they requested and supported - which also happens to be the reform that the GOP has openly stated they will try to destroy simply to humiliate our president and make it his "Waterloo" (their words, not mine)(after all, it +was+ a great song by Abba, too.. wasn't it).
And yet the wheels of democracy turn to support the minority and give them strength. And that is what makes the senate great - the filibuster makes the senate a civil chamber, and gives power to those such as the Bush Republicans - whose power was rightly taken away from them after abuses and misgovernance left our country an economic wreck, deeply involved in an expensive war of convenience against a country that did not attack us - and the greatest expansion of both government secrecy and government size - in the history of our country.
Another historical moment approaches. The changing of the guard to a new, effective, transparent, and responsive government. Led by Barack Obama, and Sen. Harry Reid.
It is the evolution of democracy - the era of smart government approaches. Lobbyism , and its 1.2 million dollar per day price tagged attempt to subvert democracy - has seen a staggering defeat in the transport of a bill to the floor with strong measures for reform and change.
And lobbyism will not be saved by men like Joe Lieberman, and the Republican party. This is where the filibuster will be rightly seen as a tool to help keep the Senate honorable, and honest - and at the same time - it will also be where Americans will be able to see with stunning clarity exactly what wasting time will look like.
The question of whether or not attempting to filibuster a hugely popular president, trying to bring about hugely popular reform - is a waste of time. Is left to the reader.