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JESSE JACKSON: Shutdown is Really a Showdown

Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Special to The Informer | 10/7/2013, 9:29 p.m.
Jesse Jackson (Courtesy of rainbowpush.org)

It's not just a coincidence that a disproportionate share of African Americans who need Medicaid, and working poor people who need Medicaid, live in those states. It's not just a coincidence that Arkansas, that rare Southern state with a Democratic governor, is the only state from the Old Confederacy that is not denying Medicaid expansion.

Don't just take my word for it. Listen to the words of analyst Michael Lind in Salon: "Right now most conservative white local notables in the South and elsewhere in the country don’t want black and Latino support. They would rather disenfranchise blacks and Latinos than compete for their votes. And they would rather dismantle the federal government than surrender their local power and privilege."

Unfortunately, for Boehner, Cruz, the GOP governors and the Tea Party, they are standing in the way of history. Like their predecessor, Gov. George Wallace, they are trying to deny innocent and needy Americans access to a universal right that the rest of the civilized world has already agreed upon.

So if we stick together in this fight, the odds are that the Calhounites and Cruzies will fail in their quest to roll back progress. The odds are that they will fail in their short-term goal of shutting down the government, and in their longer-term quest to destroy the Affordable Care Act.

This is not just a shutdown, it's a showdown. And our future's at stake. Keep Hope Alive!

Keep up with Rev. Jackson and the work of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at www.rainbowpush.org.