Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Thank you Tom Friedman

One of the reasons I haven't been blogging much about fiber lately is because my thoughts have been caught up in this country's crazy behavior around health care, energy, and the economy.

Several times I've written draft posts for the blog, but thought better of it. When we got home from Canada on Labor Day to hear that the conservatives were attempting to prevent the President from addressing school students for the beginning of the school year, I was ashamed and embarrassed for my country.

Yesterday's NYT op ed piece by Tom Friedman expresses my frustration much better than I can. Go read his article Our One-Party Democracy.

This behavior of opposition for opposition's sake is supremely evident in the screaming opposition to healthcare reform. Not a single bill had been crafted, but there was the opposition: "Kill the Bill". A bill that doesn't yet exist. No conversation about such a complex and nuanced topic, just opposition.

How quickly they forget that every single presidential candidate in the 18 months leading up to last November's election had a plans for healthcare reform. Not business as usual, but reform.

It's time we make sure that it is not acceptable for elected officials to "Just say no" to impede progress in addressing the critical challenges we face as a nation. We need to hold their feet to the fire and not allow them to wait out the election cycle to try and change the composition of Congress.

All of us have had to learn to work with what we have. It's time we require our elected officials to work with what they have in the composition of the House and Senate. They need to sit down, generate ideas, have difficult conversations, and make decisions based on reality not political ideology or brinkmanship. It's the name calling and the fear mongering by the conservatives on the hill that we can no longer afford.


  1. We listened to the president's speech tonight and were embarrassed by the freshman behavior from a certain flank of the room. If lobbyists were illegal, maybe our legislators could actually hear their constituents.

  2. Thanks Valerie! I had not seen this link - The Tapestry Weavers South that I am a part of is scheduling a workshop with Sylvia Heyden in November. I will miss it and it is making me sick!!! There are few left that we can learn from that studied at Bauhaus!
    Thanks again for thinking of me!

  3. Yes. To all of this. As usual.

    And in your previous post - my 1st thought flew to smattering Judy - the inuksuit reminded me strongly of her.

  4. Well said - Thank you!

  5. I could not agree with you more. We have a president who is determined to compromise with the opposition, who are responding by refusing to cooperate. If I were a Republican, I would be horrified that my elected officials (at least a few of them) are proudly admitting that they are fighting not for the needs of their constituents but to bring down the opposition, right or wrong.

    (It's tough to tackle the politics in a blog. I avoid a lot myself!)


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