"....So this notion that somehow we are willing to compromise too much reminds me of the debate that we had during health care. This is the public option debate all over again. So I pass a signature piece of legislation where we finally get health care for all Americans, something that Democrats had been fighting for, for a hundred years - but because there was a provision in there that they didn't get, that would have affected maybe a couple million people, even though we got health insurance for 30 million people, and the potential for lower premiums for a hundred million people, that somehow that was a sign of weakness and compromise.No, Mr. President, It's what you DIDN'T do. You got us slightly less bad health insurance, but you failed to get the public option that you promised. You didn't close Gitmo, you put the banking industry ahead of the people, you escalated the Afghan War, and you've wimped out on nearly every progressive issue on which you campaigned (and we supported).
Now, if that's the standard by which we are measuring success or core principles, then let's face it, we will never get anything done. People will have the satisfaction of having a purist position, and no victories for the American people. And we will be able to feel good about ourselves, and sanctimonious about how pure our intensions are and how tough we are. And in the meantime the American people are still seeing themselves not able to get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, or not being able to pay their bills because their unemployment insurance ran out. That can't be the measure of how we think about our public service. That can't be the measure of what it means to be a Democrat...."
As a "sactimonious" and "purist" progressive, I say to you, President Obama, today you can go fuck yourself. You are compromising, god knows why, with people (Republicans) who just don't give a shit about any of us. Why do you give a shit about them (more than us)?