It is worth remembering that Glenn Beck is not blocking the passage of a good health care bill. The old and new carny acts of the right aren't undermining the energy legislation or frustrating financial reform. To focus on who and what is standing in the way -- follow the money.
The progressives and Blue Dogs are going to have a showdown. It is going to culminate not in statements to the press (or the lack thereof), not in some whispered whip count, but rather in a very public vote.
This week saw two showdowns between Europe and the US that have revealed further slippage in American global leadership. The very structure of the American political system is at the heart of these failures.
Beck's predictions that health care reform would lead to government bureaucrats euthanizing people like his daughter are dead wrong, but we at Sojournors agree with Glenn on this point: God is the giver of life.
These next months are the reckoning. The president and the Congress will step up to the reforms the country needs -- or they will fail the nation in a time of peril. We cannot afford another lost decade.
In his speech last evening, Obama made the commitments that a broad coalition in the faith community had asked for -- reform as a moral issue, affordable coverage for all, and no federal funding of abortion.