Call your U.S. Senators fast: Just say no to Joe!
According to President Trump, he is close to naming a new FBI head. According to MSNBC, former Senator Joseph Isadore Lieberman is the frontrunner for replacing James Comey as head of the FBI. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
In general, I implore you, read the Joe Lieberman's wiki and the wiki on his positions. He takes the anti-liberal position on everything from net neutrality to freedom from religion. And, as FBI Director, his policies cannot help influence him, but he will not be subject to even as much accountability (or visibility) as he had when a Senator. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Next, for the love of all that's good and decent, let's not forget the elections of 2008 and the ACA. In the Democratic primary of 2008, Senator Barack Hussein Obama campaigned against Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton on a strong public option and no individual mandate. On December 7, 2007, Democratic Senator Lieberman endorsed in the primary....Republican Senator John Sidney McCain! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Then, Senators Obama and Joseph Robinette Biden campaigned against Senator McCain and Governor Sarah Louise Palin, whose health care plan may be summarized as "The law obligates the Emergency Room to treat you," a heath care plan guaranteed to result in needless deaths. Much of the left supported Obama-Biden strongly, with volunteer efforts and many, many donations. Joe Lieberman, however, campaigned for the Republican ticket! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Please, please let this seep in slowly: The man had been gifted with the Vice Presidential nomination of the Democratic Party in 2000 and had sought the Democratic Presidential nomination for himself in 2004. In 2006, Democrats, including Obama and Clinton, campaigned for him so hard during the primary that they burned Ned Lamont, an anti-war centrist, badly. Not only that, but, although they endorsed their own party's nominee in the general (duh), they did not campaign for Lamont as they had for Lieberman. The Republican Party totally abandoned their nominee, with a number of Republican politicians endorsing Lieberman. Yadda, yadda, Lieberman won that election as an indie.
Mind, you, ingrate Lieberman did not merely endorse McCain Palin. He accompanied them on the campaign trail and he stumped for them. Not only that, but on June 5, 2008, Lieberman had launched "Citizens for McCain," hosted on the McCain campaign website, to recruit Democratic support for John McCain's candidacy, emphasizing outreach to supporters of Hillary Clinton. (Remember PUMAs?) And why did Quisling Lieberman do all that? To sell Democrats and other Americans out to his pal, the biggest war monger in the US government and to put Palin, competent only at grifting, a heartbeat away from the Oval Office. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
For that betrayal alone, Democratic Senators should have dropped Lieberman on his pointed head, but they didn't. Being the fifty-first person in the Democratic Senate Caucus with Cheney as tiebreaker, Joe had the Democratic Senate Caucus by the throat. They did take away one Committee Chair from him, but left him with the Chair he prized, Homeland Security. But, wait--there's more.
For years, Democrats have claimed that Joe Lieberman was THE reason why America could not have a strong public option. Some of us were told that this was because Joe represented Connecticut, a state that is home to the corporate headquarters of many insurance companies. While putting the health of insurance companies above the health of people would be would be crappy enough, at least it was arguably helping the economy of the state he represented, not the economy of the Lieberman household, right? Well, let's check another wiki--that of Joe's second wife, Hadassah Lieberman:
She was a research analyst at Lehman Brothers, a director of Policy, Planning, and Communications at Pfizer, and a senior program officer at the National Research Council. She worked on health issues, assisting nonprofit organizations, improving educational standards, and promoting international understanding. She has served on several national nonprofit councils and boards. Lieberman continues to be vocal on many issues, which includes improving women's health, reducing hurdles faced by immigrants, and the challenge of caring for aging parents.....
She worked for the lobbying company APCO Associates, which serves many pharmaceutical and health care corporations, as well as four major drug companies. In March 2005, Lieberman was hired by Hill & Knowlton as "senior counselor" in the firm's "health care and pharmaceuticals practice". Her work with the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries led to controversy over her involvement with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
Hmmm. I wonder where his four children work. Anyway...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Do I believe Joe Lieberman was the sole reason we did not get a strong public option, as promised? Of course not. However, that was the story Democrats floated and they stuck to it, so we need to make sure they are now stuck with it. Do I believe they will listen to us if we object to Lieberman? I don't know. They might. Usually, I consider contacting them a Quixotic waste of time. However, no one is going to donate to them because they confirm Lieberman, so they are unlikely to have a monetary incentive to ignore us. And he did betray Democrats, which is no doubt why Republicans call him (gag) "a national treasure."
In any event, I do firmly believe that it's very important to let Senators, especially Democratic Senators, know we are watching them and we don't have collective amnesia about the ACA. For those reasons, I ask you to please call them. Since a decision is expected soon, emails may not get read in time (if at all). Contact information for U.S. Senators is here: https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm D.C. numbers are given. However, if you click on your Senator's name, you should get to contact numbers within your own state.