Senator Joseph Lieberman began his political career as a dedicated liberal who fought for human rights and supported ideas such as national health insurance and job programs for the unemployed. Along the way, the political bug of power infected Joe and he envisioned himself as a potential president and world leader. Alas, the best laid plans of men go astray and with each passing year, Joe has wrapped himself in the cloth of being an Orthodox Jew who now envisions himself as defender of oppressors, not the oppressed. Joe now has the power to allow a filibuster to occur when the health insurance bill comes before the floor of the Senate. Joe obviously enjoys the power of being able to hold, not merely the Senate, but the entire nation hostage to his ego. He has made clear that JOE LIEBERMAN will not allow a public health option.
In this week’s Forward newspaper there appears an ad signed by hundreds of rabbis, priests, ministers imams which supports the public option and asks some questions of their senator. “What is it that you stand for? How can you justify your threat to block this much needed reform against the will of the majority? When you speak of values and conscience, what exactly do you understand to be the morality of our current system?” The ad concludes with: “Our voices reflect our traditions and our understanding of what God asks of us.”
Is it your understanding, Senator Lieberman that your religion and your God seeks over 340 million people to lack access to medical care?