Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has announced that if the Senate includes a public option in the healthcare reform bill, he’s prepared to side with the Republicans in a filibuster to prevent the bill from coming up for a vote. In other words, he’s prepared to fight to block the will of the American people.
This is the same Joe Lieberman that Democrats sweated blood and treasure to support in his bid for vice president in the 2000 election; the same Joe Lieberman who signed a pledge with seven Republicans and six other Democrats not to filibuster any of Bush’s judicial nominations in 2005; and the very same Joe Lieberman whose own Connecticut constituents polled 21 to 68% (a 47% margin) in favor of a public option. But he doesn’t care about all of that. All he cares about is protecting his cash cow — the insurance industry.
It should disgust this man to even look at himself in the mirror. But obviously he has more greed than shame. Thus, while a Senator cannot be recalled, the people of Connecticut should add a scarlet letter to his name by passing a resolution renouncing him, apologizing to the American people, and demanding that he resign. And in the meantime, the Democrats should strip him of all seniority and banish him from their caucus, because this man lacks the honor of Benedict Arnold.
Let us take a moment to place Lieberman’s treachery in perspective. Think of healthcare like buying gas. Let’s say we have two gas stations right across the street from one another. At gas station one, RepubliGas, where the average citizen is forced to buy gas, the gas is six dollars a gallon. And not only is the gas high, but we’re forced to pay the cashier before we pump. Then after we pay, if we find that there is no gas in the pump, when we go back to the cashier to get our money back, he simply points to a sign that says, “ALL SALES ARE FINAL. PURCHASE AT YOUR OWN RISK. That would be fine if we had other options, but the problem with that is RepubliGas is the only gas station that we’re allow to buy gas.
Then right across the street is DemoGas. At DemoGas the gas is only two dollars a gallon. And not only that, you’re guaranteed that you get the gas you pay for. But there’s only one problem. DemoGas is only allowed to sell gas to the elderly, federal employees, and members of congress. So President Obama decides that’s not fair. He feels that all of the people should be treated equally, so he writes legislation to that effect. But then, Joe Lieberman and his cohorts in congress, who are being generously paid by RepubliGas, come together and indulge in all manner of political obstructionism to prevent the senate from being allowed to even vote on the matter.
Then even though the American people are shouting that it’s not fair, and complain that they can’t get to work, and their children can’t get to school, these so-called representatives of the people completely ignore them. After all, they’re comfortable in their lives, they’re getting cheap gas, and they’re being paid well by RepubliGas just to maintain the status quo. So in short, they say, “To hell with the American people. Let them eat cake.”
That’s exactly what’s happening with healthcare reform. So this is about more than just healthcare — it’s about a system that has completely broken down. This is about a congress that we’ve spoiled, and allowed to give themselves so many perks and raises that they can no longer identify with the very people they’re suppose to be representing. They’ve become a class within themselves, and have started thinking of themselves as royalty. They’ve become a group that Marie Antoinette would envy, and the very thing that our founding fathers fought hardest against.