Our side lost yesterday and in a big, dramatic fashion. We are now going to spend billions of money that the country does not have to not solve a critical problem–the growth of healthcare costs. You can read about the specifics elsewhere: as Paul Ryan said, this is not who we are as a country: http://article.nationalreview.com/428833/paul-ryan-is-not-ready-to-give-up-on-health-care/robert-costa
But you can’t blame your opponents for doing what they said they were going to do (and the Moveon.org/Pelosi types were very clear that they were going to do this). And you can’t blame your opponents for having the willpower and tenacity to follow through (if nothing else, the Democratic leadership put on a clinic on how to pass this monstrosity in the face of anti-Obama-care majorities).
You may agree that this healthcare reform bill is awful. That may be so. But we now know that awful policies do not defeat themselves. No one should ever wonder again what will happen if each and everyone of us is not engaged and willing to do our part.
All the tea parties and all the opposition were not misguided. They came very close to stopping this thing. But it just wasn’t enough (or at least it wasn’t on Sunday). This will not be easy. We will need to get more organized and we will need to work harder and smarter, and we will win through.
What we need to do: (1) get other people on the email list and invite others to join us for events–this why we have them, to get new people on the list,(2) send an email to [email protected] and help us plan and grow the network, and (3) help us get people connected to campaigns where they can make a difference.