Working Together

"We shape our self
to fit this world

and by the world
are shaped again..."

Excerpt from "Working Together" © David Whyte
in The House of Belonging

Many Rivers Press

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Do you remember November?

This is it. It happened this month, August 2009.

*Please make a note of it.*

All of us who were ecstatic about the election of Barack Obama – all of us who solemnly nodded to ourselves in thanks to the Powers-That-Be that we were given an opportunity for a second chance – all of us who readily admitted that we became too complacent in letting our leaders do all the heavy lifting in maintaining a democracy – all of us who cheerfully said, “Oh YES! We know we are going to have to help Obama! We know the election is just the beginning…” Well, recess is nearly over, literally. If we do not make a strong presence when class reassembles on health care reform, we are going to be witness to a great deal more suffering and disappointment than is necessary.

This Thursday, August 20th is the day set aside for elders to rise in a clear cry of unity to, at the very least, break the stronghold the spinning media has on projecting the belief that seniors are against health care reform. From TGB:

“…not all of us want to keep our single-payer system – Medicare – and deny everyone else similar benefits, which is how it appears…in widespread media coverage of town hall meetings and interviews with elders.”
Thursday there will be blogging, there will be dust raised as conservative and liberal elders have it out. Don’t send us to the front lines alone. This fight is an important one and will be resonating for decades and effecting generations – to put finer point on it: this one’s for you and those you love.

If you are unsure where you stand, go here for the debate. If you are not sure who to write, go here to get the correct cage to rattle. If you don’t know what to write, consider what not writing anything could ensue - then open a notepad on your computer and look here for a simple outline.

Be polite. Be heard. Be a part of history in clarifying your support for the Unites States as a responsible, caring and compassionate government for its citizens. Let’s show ourselves, our children and the world that we can follow through with what we swooned and swore over last fall. I am going to post what I have written to my Congress on this matter on Thursday, August 20th and send the link to As Time Goes By . Ronni Bennett of TGB wants to try a show of force on the internet that one day. I don’t suspect what I write will be the most the eloquent thing I’ve ever written because I’m a bit shy about politics, frankly, but I’m passionate about freedom and liberty for all and I suspect that counts. If you blog, you can share your letter there, too.

Also, in truth, I’m about ready for another wave of that heady feeling of our November win. How about you? Well, it did not happen because it was left to gravity. It happened because we collectively held up the sky.


Rez Dog said...

Well said, Cile. It's hard to imagine that the great mass of grandparents would deny their children and grandchildren the same excellent benefits they now enjoy. I'm skeptical about any system that leaves the profit motive in place but knowing what is possible in America, I'm willing to see if Congress can come up with something that actually guarantees adequate and affordable care to all.

Betty said...

I agree completely! Let's make sure the same wisdom that was evident in November gets manifested in August and September!!

Darlene said...

I love your picture of Grandma holding her grandchild. That says it all about why some elders are fighting so hard for real reform.

We must continue to support Obama the way we did before the election. We must give him the message that we expect his enthusiasm for making changes will keep our enthusiasm going.