Your Intrepid Reporter serves as the liaison for the Pacific Green Party to the Health Care for All Oregon coalition, which is in the course of shepherding through the Oregon Legislature the enabling legislation to allow Oregon to implement the option in the federal Affordable Care Act allowing individual states to provide universal health care.
So, on 10 August, when Healthcare for All Oregon joined Alliance for Retired Americans and the Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens in sponsoring a public event urging the expansion of Medicare and Medicaid at the Hollywood Senior Center (Hollywood is a neighborhood within the City of Portland, adjacent to my own Sullivan’s Gulch), a mere ten blocks away from where I live, it was a natural choice for me to attend.
There was an audience on folding chairs of some fifteen people, and the program got started late; I imagine they were hoping more people would show up. I wasn’t able to stay in any case. I did say a few words at the front of the room to the group at about the time the event was supposed to, but didn’t, start, and I was prepared to be a regular participant, liaison as I am, during the rest of the program.
But when the first speaker intoned the name of Senator Ron Wyden in terms of deep respect and gratitude, I couldn’t prevent myself from exclaiming, “Wyden is a sell-out. He voted to support Israeli slaughter of unarmed civilians in Gaza two weeks ago.” I then, so as to disrupt the proceedings no further, got up and left.
The 100-to-nothing vote of every single US Senator has shown the naked alignment of the Democratic Party of the United States with the most aggressive of the Zionist governments of Israel. That shameful sell-out, of every single sitting Senator, moved my Party colleague Christina Lugo to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate, opposing the somewhat-progressive Jeff Merkley; and it has emboldened, according to US mainstream news media reports, the State of Israel in its manipulation of U.S. political ties. For one thing, the Israeli military is arranging to receive replenishments of arms from the U.S. armed forces without receiving prior permission from anyone in the Executive Branch, neither from the White House nor from the Secretary of Defense. And if President Obama finds that objectionable, Netanyahu really doesn’t care.
After Gaza — and thank God, if He exists, the cease-fire is still operative — the moral circumstances are crystal-clear. The United States has no major political party that supports U.S. national interests: there are only the supporters of Zionism at the national level.
As a side note, I see that when the House of Representatives voted a short time later on a similar Let’s-All-Support-Israel motion, my opponent, Earl Blumenauer, chose not to vote either way. No doubt that faux-progressive considered abstention an act of courage.