Thursday, August 20, 2009

There's Something Happenin' Here...

What it is ain't exactly clear
There's a thermometer over there
Tellin' Congress they got to beware

Goal Thermometer

I think it's time we
contribute children
what's that sound
Take a look at that rising amount!

There's battle lines being drawn
Ain't no reform if no public option
Progressives holding their ground
Getting so much resistance from Blue Dogs

I think it's time we contribute, funds, to the Ones
Everybody look at who's standing UP!

What a field-day for the town halls
A thousand people in the street
Teabagging and carrying signs
Mostly say, crazy is on our side

It's time we stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

Paranoia strikes deep
Into the right it has creeped
It starts when their feed bullshit lies
You listen to Limbaugh or Beck and they lie to your face
We better stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, hey, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, now, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down
Stop, children, what's that sound
Everybody look what's going down

With apologies to Stephen Stills and Buffalo Springfield.

48 hours ago Blue American, FireDogLake and others started a fund raising effort to reward those members of Congress that are standing up strong for the American people. The battle in Congress over health care reform is a hard one. The insurance industry is pulling out all the stops (and all their cash) in an effort to turn reform into a give-away to the industry that will result in worse and more expensive health care coverage instead of actual reform.

Over 60 members of the House of Representatives are standing their ground and making it clear that any health care bill that does not contain a Public Option will not pass the House. And they have the votes to ensure that.

The response from the blogosphere has been nothing short of amazing. The original goal was $100,000. That was blown away in less than 24 hours. It was raised to $150k. That is in the past. It was raised to $250k and that was put in the distance as I typed this post. The current goal is $350,000 and we are well on our way to seeing that bid passed and raised even further.

If you have some change in your change jar now is the time to dig deep and contribute to the effort. This is about real health care reform for America. 47 Million Americans don't have health insurance. Almost all of the rest of us have health insurance that is insufficient. All of us pay more for our health coverage and get less in return then the rest of the industrialized world. We need real reform that brings America into the modern world.

But this effort is becoming one of such staggering magnitude that it is about more than just this one battle. The people of America are speaking up and making it clear that when we said we wanted health reform we meant it. We are sending a strong message to the teabagging minority, to what is left of the Republican Party, to the obstructionist Blue Dogs, to the corporate owned New Dems (DLC), to the White House, to the progressive caucus, and to the rest of the world.

We will not be stopped. We will be heard. Our hired hands in Congress will do our bidding. The lobbyists will not be allowed to win.

The American People are speaking.

For your listening enjoyment:

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