Mood: crushed out
Topic: "The 60 Year Struggle"(5)
In 1941, Harry S. Truman sought out General George C. Marshall with the specific intent of volunteering for the United States Army. Marshall told him at the time that he was "too damn old" for active duty. Perhaps, muses Frodo, it was that conversation which got Truman to start thinking about health and wellness, if you will. In any event, come 1948, it was President Harry S. Truman who said Congress could enact a Health Progam in America "anytime it felt like it."
Barack Obama looks older than he did just six months ago, and it is very obvious that the Health Program endorsed by his predecessor sixty years ago is going to be the product of a Congress that feels the need, now. This evening Obama singled out the 139 proposals submitted by Republican lawmakers which have been absorbed into the draft bills coming out of the various Congressional Committees in recent days. He also railed frequently on the "misinformation" from the political opposition, as well as the familiarity fear that drives a confused public toward the inertia of inaction. He did so, not because it was a sign of political expediency to lead with the foremost orator in American life today, but because, like Harry S. Truman, he knew that he had to engage in the great struggle before him.
Frodo recalls the countless efforts to "reform" Social Security, and the dire predictions for the American economy should "reform" not take place before the Frodos, and Hobbits like him, wheel around the pools and paths in Arizona, Florida, and other locations without State Income Tax. Today we know that "Social Security reform" means Medicare and associated benefits, whose growing revenue requirements seem more massive than the miles traveled by the now ancient spacecraft Voyager. President Obama made it abundantly clear that "Health Care Reform" changes the diametrics, be it in human or economic terms.
Despite the allegations that "too much, too fast" has characterized the first six months, Obama reviewed the economic morass which he "inherited," (although true, Frodo wishes he would let the Incomparable Moron simply slip into anonymous ignominy) and concluded that he had to put all of his fingers and toes into the holes in the dike, simultaneously. Frodo is pretty sure that the day will come when many more will realize the degree of benefit they reaped from the tireless effort to this point, and in the days to come.
Frodo is grateful that Barack Obama was not "too damn old" when he volunteered, and that he was born in the United States of America.
Frodo also wonders what would've happened had Marshall taken Truman up on his offer?