This type of event is my main reason for death penalty opposition, regardless of the case; if you have no death penalty, even in the worst cases, it is impossible to execute an innocent person, no matter how badly we screw up.
Many liberals have complained that the Democrats should just ram through a bill, Bushist fashion, but has it occurred to those liberals that such a bill would probably have had to be a Baucus bill? It would be a smoke-filled room process, not a strictly dictatorial one; a committee of bigshots, in league with lobbyists, would control the whole process.
Maybe what some of those liberals really wanted is that Obama be given ‘emergency powers’. Who knows what Obama would have done with ‘emergency powers’, if we can suspend disbelief long enough to imagine the situation.
I would say that we have gone a long way around to get to Barack Obama more or less reintroducing the wishy-washy plan he campaigned on, towards which he apparently meant to arrive by bargaining down from the John Edwards plan. However, because of the lengthy process, moving at Washington speed, liberals have had a chance to speak out, so that there is now some possibility that some of the Edwards plan actually might get through.
Nicole Sandler just complained that when she voted for Barack Obama it was for immediate change that he made her believe in, rather than what Obama proposed tonight. But what Obama proposed tonight was what he ran on in the campaign! This is what you get for leading people in ‘Yes, we can!’ chants, which overstimulate the lizard brain, particularly in susceptible people. Too many people took away an ‘emotion’ instead of what Obama actually was talking about.
There must be a better way.
To some degree the same thing is going on tonight, because Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, and some callers on the talk shows, are talking about how they are ‘reinvigorated’ by tonight’s speech. Obama isn’t responsible this time; I think his speech was a good one, full of content, but we see how the lizard brain can be a problem.
BTW Sandler chose to liken Obama’s plan to putting a bandaid on a gaping wound, but I’ve treated a gaping wound, and that’s exactly how you treat one. :) You keep it clean and covered and it slowly fills in from the bottom up. That’s what I hope happens with healthcare. If you close it, it gets infected. (War wounds mostly are left open this way, because they are filthy and very prone to infection. But it happens a lot also with stitched wounds that open up when the stitches are removed, which is what I had to help someone with by doing the cleaning and bandaiding.)