Few of us have not had to battle medical insurance companies to get them to pay legitimate claims. And few of us are not being surprised by bank tricks, e.g. a change in a system of drawing from another account to cover overdrafts which comes to light only when one is hit by a $100.00 overdraft fee.

Now with the Supreme Court’s decision to give ‘free speech’ to corporations, i.e. to allow their CEOs to fund ads attacking candidates that do not do their bidding, we are up against the greatest threat to us as individuals since the revolution against British dominance and taxation.

Obama has gotten off to a good start yesterday — whacking the big banks. But we have much more to do. The Republicans have been selling the myth that ‘big government’ is our problem. We must convince people that big corporations are the major threat to them against which governments — state and federal — are their only protection.

Similarly we must reverse the ‘cut your taxes’ fiction. The real ‘taxes’ threatening us are those of the big corporations which screw us with their trick or treats such as those mentioned above.

What the Democrats must do is hit the specific abuses of us both with publicity and action. These cannot be handled with complex bills such as medical reform had become, but must be simple and obvious targets. Do you want to lose your medical coverage because of a pre-existing condition such as cesarean birth. It has happened. Had our insurance company used this rule, we could not have afforded the births of our two daughters who followed upon the cesarean that saved my son’s life — the cord was wrapped twice around his neck and he was being cut off from essential oxygen.

The Republicans have been selling their anti-public interest nonsense for decades and we must fight back lie by lie — they seem to have no compunctions about lying and these are spread by our TV media with its instant opinion spots — on both sides — truth versus lie.

Let us hope that Obama can lead us in this battle to save American democracy. He has tried to be a reconciler, but it takes two to play that game. Now he must hit hard each lie as it is promoted. And hopefully our legislators can get their acts together with his and other Democrats’ leadership. The independents are waiting to see which way the wind is blowing. It is time our ship of state stopped zig zagging and that we got our act together.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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