I got a call from a worker bee at the Democratic National Committee, working to gather funds for an advertising campaign in support of Obama's Health Care Reform.
And, I gave $50.
With very great reluctance, borne of feelings of hopeless futility.
Why would I want to spend my money for a health reform that accomplishes little or nothing of actual benefit to me, or to the mass of people?
The kind of radical, comprehensive re-structuring of health care, which is clearly necessary and desirable would begin with single-payer health insurance, in some form. But, such a proposal was never on the table.
I told the lady I was a very unhappy Democrat. I didn't vote for continuation of war. For secret torture prisons. For financial bailouts that deliver billions to Goldman Sachs, but nothing for foreclosure relief or jobs.
Or, for a health care reform featuring a new and costly mandate placed on working families, but holding Big Pharma secure in its perquisites.
"Bring on the Revolution", I said. And, I meant it. This country needs fundamental change. And, it is getting mindless tinkering with the status quo, with no recognition that the status is bankrupt, economically and morally.