The Lady Speaks

Friday Anti-War Song

It’s very simple to understand now. Children of lower-income families whose parents can’t afford insurance for them are not important to Republicans or to the White House. It’s okay to ask for $190 billion to continue a lost cause, but it is not okay to ask for $35 billion over 5 years in order to provide healthcare to children.

It’s okay for a Republican to stand up and deride “socialized medicine” and “government healthcare” while they and their families receive free, taxpayer-funded, government healthcare, but it is not okay to ensure millions of children have access to preventive care and early intervention services.

We learned something about the Republican Party, thanks to the furor over SCHIP:

War = good. Providing lower-income kids with access to healthcare = bad.

Rep. Pete Stark (D-Ca) expressed it well:

Woot. Go Pete!!

Now, maybe you’re wondering what SCHIP has to do with the Friday Anti-War Song. Or maybe you’re a smart, involved, Democratic voter, and you already know. But I’ll lay it out anyway:

40 Days’ Worth of Funding for the Iraq War Would Pay
for Health Insurance for 10 Million American Children.

And, with that, here’s today’s song, from New Songs for Peace:

How Long?

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

We drop our bombs we let them go
They fall on people we don’t know
So will we reap just what we sow and too will grieve

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

We cause our terror in the night
To make it easier to fight
I hope our research is all right
How will we know if it ever is

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

How long will children have to wait
‘Til we stop teaching how to hate
How soon we learn we demonstrate what we believe

Written by Martin Thomas & Art Goodtimes
Performed by Joey Lindly

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October 19, 2007 - Posted by | America, Children, Congress, Family, Government, Human Rights, Music, Politics, Protest, SCHIP, US Military, War, White House, World Peace

5 Comments »

  1. Pragmatists would say petey jumped the shark..not once but twice..ie don’t poke em a stick now ..etc. play the game , be nice..all is just hunky dory ,follow the house rules..but you know what P A – i too say good on him. The bill will pass, it has too, no way the lies about it stand. Nor the truth emerge that the so called middle class is not what it used to be. The basic necessities , health care is out of reach – wages have not caught up – life is expensive. Thats what the stark reality – there is no “middle class” and maybe its for the better – people will see its all of us but the Uber rich are in the SAME BOAT.

    Comment by proudprogressive | October 19, 2007 | Reply

  2. I am so pissed that Dems are being such weaklings when it comes to the SCHIP bill and to Pete Stark’s statement. He said what every decent American has been saying for years.

    There’s a reason why this Congress has such low ratings – and it’s because they won’t do what Pete Stark did – call the President and Repub Critters on their hypocrisy.

    I think the Dems need to bring this bill back next week, make a public stink about how Republicans don’t care about children, and force them to stand with children or against them.

    If dumbass-W vetoes it again, call for another override vote. Go on every talk show, issue press releases, run ads: “The President and members of Congress have FREE government-paid healthcare. If so-called “socialized medicine” is good enough for them, why isn’t it good enough for America’s children?” Again, make the Repubs choose: with kids or against them.

    Rinse and repeat until the SCHIP bill becomes law.

    Comment by PA_Lady | October 20, 2007 | Reply

  3. a bit of background on stark:
    http://www.openleft.com/showDiary.do;jsessionid=AA653E673C0148DCBE9D99314F3448A5?diaryId=1991

    Comment by jeffreyw | October 20, 2007 | Reply

  4. Jeff!

    Thanks for that link. I’m sorry to say I’d never heard of Rep Stark until this week, but the more I learn about him the more I like.

    I’m damned disappointed to realize that Pelosi and the others will probably vote to condemn his remarks if the Repubs do introduce such a motion on Monday.

    I realize they probably aren’t thrilled about having to go against a Democrat and hand the Repubs yet another club with which to hit them, but why can’t they say that “Stark’s remarks – although inappropriate on the House floor are a reflection of the sentiment of the majority of Americans outside the Beltway. Americans across the country want to know why we can’t afford the few billions required to ensure that as many children as possible have health insurance, when we have no problem finding hundreds of billions for a war that less than 30% of Americans support.”

    The Dems should stand up on the floor and read some of the emails and letters they’ve been getting in support of Stark. Read the letters and emails that express similar thoughts. Show that Stark’s speeches are consistent with those of the American public.

    *sigh* A girl can dream … of a day when the “leadership” will grow a backbone.

    Comment by PA_Lady | October 20, 2007 | Reply

  5. I caught this late, but way to go Pete!

    Comment by Rina | October 30, 2007 | Reply


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