(Reader Support News) -- The way that you rather spontaneously, and with a hint of real anger, declared “I am a Progressive” in your brief Iowa departure speech, there was a sense that at least you believed it. If the ideals of progressivism mean anything, you may want to find a quiet place in the field to reflect.
Surely you do not really believe that Progressives, any of them, would accept eight more years of being denied – by law – a public health care option. That simply is not the case. Progressives, all of them, will continue the struggle for their right to choose a public option. Your position that Obamacare will suffice until some far off day when the mood of Congress is just right to defy their benefactors, the health care industry gods, has nothing to do with progressive action. It just doesn’t.
You can’t take millions upon millions of dollars in campaign financing and personal speaking fees from Wall Street institutions and ever hope to seriously challenge the corruption killing the nation. Preventing that sort of conduct by public officials is the very point of progressive politics. You may believe that there is no quid pro quo, but your investors absolutely do, and they fully intend to hold you to your obligations. They are, after all, banks.
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