In the end, no matter how hard we try, we’re not going to get “Medicare for All”. Why not? Because “they” are not going to let us have it. Really. Can anyone tell me the last time that billions of dollars were funneled away from corporate interests to improve the lot of the common folk?
Serious question. Do any of you know when it was last done, or would this be setting precedent?
They own the House, they own the Senate, they own the courts, and they own the White House. But that’s not the worst of it. While we spend all of our time and energy and hope trying to get this one issue addressed, there are literally dozens and hundreds of other ones–many more important (but not as sexy)–that are not, because we don’t have the knowledge, the awareness, the outreach, the resources, the influence, or the power. That’s not pessimism. It’s reality.
And it’s even worse. Whether or not you believe that “Bernie” is a pawn of the system, complicit in working with the political establishment to obfuscate the issues and keep liberals and progressives from bolting from the system (my own personal belief), or completely transparent and on the level, the reality is that the establishment knows that his focus on this issue does function to keep liberals/progressives from taking too hard of a look at what the system has really becomes, gives many of them unfounded hope, and causes them to not put their energies into all of the other issues that need addressing.