October 31st, 2009
|04:28 pm - Public action, hopeful signs, and things yet to be done|
If anyone ever needed proof that public action matters here it is. Scholastic Books (the world's largest seller of children's books) initially refused to sell this book including a child with two lesbians as her parents unless the author made the character's parents a het couple. Much letter writing resulted, and Scholastic Books reversed its decision. I'm fairly certain that their initial decision wasn't homophobia nearly as much as it was fear of getting lots of complaints from hate groups like Focus on the Family. Thus, the obvious response was for reasonable people to inundate Scholastic with polite but firm letters & phone calls. The result was a change in policy. It will be worth keeping an eye on Scholastic to see if their policy remains changed on other children's books involve LGBT characters, but so far so good
Then, there's healthcare. The House now has a final healthcare bill & the Senate's is relatively similar. Significantly expanded coverage for the working poor, subsidies for lower income people, and an actual public option. (Here's the text of the actual (exceedingly long) bill
No, this isn't perfect, but it's vastly better than the mess we have now, and it will help many people and save many lives. Paul Krugman has an opinion piece about it and support for it Also, the existence of a public option means that that it can gradually be expanded until we eventually have private insurance as something that is used only by a few rich people. So, now is an excellent time to write your Senators (passage of this bill in the House is fairly guaranteed, but is far less certain in the Senate). In addition to supporting the bill, telling Democratic Senators that you support passing it using budget reconciliation (a process that completely avoids the possibility of a filibuster) would likely also be helpful.
Current Mood: hopeful
I think the whole Republican "It's socialist!" cold war dated argument really is falling on deaf ears as the population ages. I know even my 75 year old father doesn't think socialized medicine is a bad thing anymore and I've watched over the years (especially since he retired) how his political bent has gone more and more left. I think he always had it in him. He worked his way up from a mechanic to plant manager and did a stint as the president of the labor union at his job before becoming management. He was always pro-union and most of his closest friends are all union guys. For the younger generations, we never really bought into the whole socialism=un-American nonsense all that much to begin with.
Rab thinks it's really funny when the Republican conservatives go on and on about the public option being "socialist". He says that Margaret Thatcher would never have even considered getting rid of the NHS and there's no way anyone can say she was a socialist. Of course he also likens the Republican party to some of the wacky fringe parties in the UK as opposed to the conservative party because even the conservatives in Europe are no where near as extreme.
I hope they do tack healthcare onto some other bill that the Republicans just can't touch. I thought tacking on the legislation making crimes against LGBTs to war funding legislation was a stroke of pure genius.:)
|Date:||November 2nd, 2009 06:08 am (UTC)|| |
Duck and cover!
My SO (Rab) was completely shocked and horrified when I showed him the Burt the Turtle videos. I guess they never made it to the UK.