Wednesday, October 14, 2009

This evening, it's because I'm watching Miami Vice...

... the movie. Not the old show.

Tomorrow, the munchkin has a dental procedure. I say that not to raise alarm. It's relatively simple, but Kyla, who is with her mom, is as stubborn as me and doesn't take too well to weird things drilling and what not, so she's undergoing some sedation dentistry. It's safe. It's necessary. It's not 100 percent covered by insurance, but whatever.

My kid will feel no pain. Period.

At any rate, I told her this would happen if she skimped on brushing her teeth - especially the back ones.

She skimped. She wanted nummies and ice cream. Too many times, I relented, and I'd bet so did her mom.

She won't be relenting anymore.

It stinks, and I wish I were going to be there, but it is what it is. My Southwest flight cost will instead make sure she gets the best care, the best treatment, and the best outcomes that, well, honestly, money can buy, in this situation.

So many don't have it this lucky.

It's for them I'm writing right now.

Today, the Senate Finance committee said to our country - with the help of this Olympia Snow - that we are going to have the conversation about our national health care crisis. Today, they said that in this, the bastion of freedom and the example of enlightenment to the world, we will start to fix this chronic national condition we're afflicted with. Tonight, they said, while some might have it better than others... ALL will have basic human rights...

Among them being the right to quality health care.

Michael Moore might be a lot of things to a lot of people. But - two years after his movie, Sicko, he's been proven right. It's a national tragedy that terrorists at Gitmo get better health care than US veterans who are living under the metro bridge over the beltway here in DC. It's a tragedy that people who work go without and risk catastrophic illness so they can buy some breakfast foods for their families.

It's a shame that people have teeth that rot out. Who have wounds that won't heal. Who have diseases that can't find a cure. Just because they're forced to make a choice that could ultimately be between life and death.

I worry about Kyla. But I'm heartbroken for some of her friends - whom I know - who are on assistance and still don't have what they need to have a fighting chance if God forbid things go wrong.

And I can't accept that as a reality in our country.

Today, for a bit, I saw Randi Rhodes at the office. We spoke briefly about where we've been as a nation and where we just might be going. And, in this on-demand "i-want-it-now" world we're in, some are frustrated that President Obama hasn't delivered on a million journeys that have been started a scant few months ago. But where those see pessimism, I see the real possibility of where we're going. Nine months after our economy was left for dead, it's making a comeback. Nine months after the sick who were told they had no hope at any idea of healthcare, we're looking at a new future that might just - if we're not careful - bring about a revolution in our national well being that might be unlike anything we've ever seen in our time. Nine months after the romantic idea of America was dismissed, we've been told by our friends, our allies, our 'trust but verify' colleagues and even our enemies that "the idea of America is indeed alive and well..."

And the world is having a conversation again.

Where our dialogue a a nation is going is as unscripted as is the day that is before us all. But it's so much better now than where it was. And where it's going is full again of the promise, that, as Reagan once said "our best days are just ahead..."

Tomorrow, my little one will have an amazing day. She'll end it better than she started it. She won't feel anymore pain from her teeth. She'll also be very aware that she's got a responsibility to take care of them as she goes forward.

Just as we have a responsibility to take care of this gift called America that has been entrusted to us.

To take care of her gifts, Kyla will have to do a few things.

To take care of our responsibility to America, we'll need to do a few things.

She's five, but she'll make sure she uses her toothbrush. She'll keep things clean with an abandon.

As we get things like healthcare taken care of, get the economy fixed and working for the people and as we tackle the other issues before us, we'll need to use the toothbrush called responsibility to make sure we take care of our American gifts and treasures...

... the greatest of which are it's people.

Let's get our Crest or Colgate out. We've got some cleaning to attend too.

Goodnight from DC.

-t.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:50 AM

    First Tobias, Kyla will be fine. I advise anyone having dental surgery get a dentist who works while you're completely out. It is totally painless even the next day. And the Doc will call to check on his patient later in the evening.

    Get the Crest or Colgate: Okay, but we might also need to find a shovel to dig through all the dirt being thrown; A backhoe to push down the ruble; an exterminator to rid our country of the termites that are destroying the very foundation of this country; a miner's cap to help us find our way in the darkness, and a hammer and nails to nail down the truth once we finally get to it.

    What a lonely and unforgiven job, President of the U.S. It's like you have to make decisions that will affect every sole on earth. And for President Obama it's even worse because the man is being shafted at every turn.
    I feel as though he feels the only one he can trust is himself, so he is doing so much himself. Even the little things.

    The man stepped into the oval office and his desk must have been stack a mile high with problems from previous admins. And he surely feels an obligation to try and clear as much away as possible so that he can stack new problems. It took years, decades to amass some of the problems that people are now shaking their fists at him about because he's not getting them done in nine(9) months.

    Tobias, I think the country saw/see in President Obama a real chance to make things right. A lot of things. And they feel he needs to get them done and in place before something unthinkable happens to him and they'll be back at the mercy of white haired Rep. who care more about the dollar than their well being. So they harp at him to get it done now.

    Then we have those established white-haired electives who consider themselves immovable from their positions of real or imagined power who can bait or whisper in the ear of radio host or columnists or idiots who will huff and puff until the country has been blown apart. They will then sit back place two fingers in their vest pocket and say, "who did he think he was anyway".
    No President Obama doesn't have the time it took to build the Great Wall, or the Golden Gate, or even the Chunnel. He is limited to 4 years, then if he is loved enough, respected enough, done enough for the masses to gain their votes, he'll be back maybe for another four years. But right now they only know he is here now. Let's get what we couldn't get with Bush, Bush, Reagan, Clinton, Ford, etc, etc, etc...

    I don't see a time when President Obama will have a minutes rest. The termites won't allow it. No matter how responsible we become, there will be those who are good at subterfuge. Their mission: To make no other Black man want to ever run for President of the U.S.

    Lol, you didn't see that one coming did you Tobias?

    President Carter had it right. Have you ever seen people with such audacity as to attend a public speech where the President is in attendance, with guns strapped to their legs like they"re going to "The Gunfight at the OK Corral"? It's unheard of. And there should have immediately been a law in place to protect the president from even the hint of such ever happening again. But there wasn't.

    Do you know that upon the hundred days in office, Sean Hannity had the nerve to say, "I really didn't think he'd make it to 100 days".

    Yes, Tobias...we need to be more responsible; first though, we need to be more honest with ourselves.

    When we admit our truths we can do something about them.

    President Obama is working with a country who asks but doesn't give back. They're like baby birds with their mouths open awaiting food to be dropped in. Well, what happens if that mama bird isn't there and they have noone to care about them. Surely they don't think the circling hawks and eagles care for them.

    That's Maxie's Dime Tobias...

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