I think I may be slowly coming up with another hero. As many know without reconciliation it will take 60 votes to pass the junk reforms that have become even more junky with the brownnosing offered traitorous Joe Lieberman. Yes, in typical party fashion instead of telling Lieberman if he votes against real Universal Healthcare he will be stripped of his powerful committee chairmanship, Democrats are seeking to further water down reforms, which threatens to become political suicide for our party among the electorate.
Our party however, may have a saving grace that will prevent it from imploding upon itself with this watered down reform that mandates coverage for the American people without asking for responsibility from employers or providing a viable public option.
That saving grace comes from an ironic place. From the seat held by the former President, who refuses to fight for real reform and will bend on a whim to folks like Lieberman. With our whole caucus in the “House of Lords” seemingly brainwashed by the historical ramifications of this legislation Roland Burris may be my new hero.
No matter what one might think about Burris or how he came to sit in the seat formerly occupied by the President, right now it appears he might be the only Democrat in the Senate that has gained that elusive backbone. He appears to be standing firm in not compromising away our ideals just to have a bill:
Senator Roland W. Burris, Democrat of Illinois, has vowed that he will not vote for a health care bill that does not include a government-run insurance plan, or public option.
Senator Roland W. Burris And on Monday, after Democrats indicated that they were prepared to meet the demands of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, and strip the last vestige of a public option from their bill, Mr. Burris went to the Senate floor to warn that he had not committed to vote for the legislation.
Mr. Burris, however, did calibrate his language: “I am committed to voting for a bill that achieves the goals of a public option: competition, cost savings and accountability,” he said. “I will not be able to vote for lesser legislation that ignores those fundamentals.”
He added: “My colleagues may have forged a compromise bill that can achieve the 60 votes that will be needed for it to pass. But until this bill addresses cost, competition and accountability in a meaningful way, it will not win mine.”
With a dramatic flourish, Mr. Burris said: “As Mohandas Gandhi once famously said, ‘All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender.'”
Wow!! Its about time we heard a Democrat talking like that somewhere besides the blogosphere. We have already compromised way to much to the corporate elements of our party and winning the vote of Lieberman goes way too far. I think we should strip Lieberman of his Committee chairmanship and give it to Burris.
Lets all contact Senator Burris and let him know he has our support, and to please stand firm on his position and his vote on this bill. Lets let the Republicans vote for Corporate Welfare if they want it and start this process over in the Senate with a mind for reconciliation for real reform: