In an exceptionally emotional but on-target outburst, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan said yesterday that he’d like President Obama “to go to the people of the United States of America and say, ‘People of the United States of America, your Congress is bought, your Congress is incapable of making legislation on healthcare, banking, trade, or taxes because if they do it, they will lose their political funding and they won’t do it.
“‘But I’m the President of the United States, and I won’t have a country that is run by a bought Congress. So I’m not going to work with a bought Congress and try to be Mr. Big Guy…I’m going to abandon the bought Congress like Teddy Roosevelt did , and I’m going to go to the people of the United States get rid of the bought Congress.'”
“Until a President says that’s the problem and says he’s going to fix it, there is no policy that I can possibly see no matter how brilliant your idea may be or your idea or my idea or her idea or your idea at home, is that idea will not happen as long as there’s a capacity to basically fire a politician who disagrees with me by taking funding away from him. Is that a fair assessment?
In an email last night to The Huffington Post, Ratigan called the rant “his truest and most piercing and emotional expression of fact since he’s been in broadcasting. He also said he hoped the president was up to the task of addressing the real economic issues.
“In a nutshell, Hope without Courage is Lost,” Ratigan reportedly wrote in an email last night. “And I don’t mean the destructive cowboy bravado of the Republican Party either! I mean true courage to observe truth and work through it together.”
In essence, he’s saying President Obama lacks the courage to just man up and tell it and stand on the truth of it and come what may. Which is true. He doesn’t have that in him. He has to be mild-mannered, bipartisan-common-ground Barry. And that’s our nightmare right now.