This week, Desmond Tutu and Harry Reid passed away. Both are being treated as heroic icons.
That's true for Desmond Tutu. He was a great man with an enduring legacy that will stand the test of time. Not so much for Harry Reid.
But Harry Reid was a hack neoliberal warrior, fighting to prevent progressives from doing good, blocking single payor healthcare and countless other issues and legislation that would have served the mass of Americans well. Reid does not deserve lionization. He deserves contempt. Writers are highlighting his Dickensian rise from poverty to becoming one of the most powerful people in the world.
I wrote about Reid over the years.
Here's one from 2009 Harry Reid, Future Health Insurance Lobbyist.
Here's one from 2010 Blame Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi for Coakley's Defeat
Here's one from 2013: The Mitch and Harry Love Story; Why Harry Reid Refused to Even Modify the Filibuster
Reid played a role in keeping Bernie Sanders from winning the Democratic Presidential Primary. He played a role in selecting neoliberal candidates for the House and Senate-- candidates who lost, again and again. He did it with the help of Hillary Clinton and other fake liberals.
So shed a tear for the man if you like, but don't consider him a giant, a hero or a progressive. He was none of them.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media.
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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity
He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered
first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and
opinion sites, OpEdNews.com
more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet (more...)