As citizens, we can help the president by writing him, or emailing him
The White House Contact Us page is: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
And you can find and contact your congressional Representatives and Senators here:
FWIW, I just sent this message to President Obama:
Dear Mr. President:
It is reported that you are willing to compromise on the "public option."
I urge you to insist on such a feature in any bill which you will sign.
Major compromises have already been made - dropping a single payer plan concept was a huge concession and a large disappointment to those of us who consider health care a right. (That position has been adopted by the major religious denominations. For example, my denomination,: "United Methodists Call for Health Care Reform "We believe Health Care is a basic human right." United Methodist Social Principle ¶162.V" http://www.1010challenge.org/site/c.olIZIfNYJwE/b.5337789/k.C006/Home.htm
The people who elected you did so in large part because of your stand on health care.
We have stood up for you: it is time for you to stand up for yourself and for the people you represent.
The Republicans have made it clear they will not compromise, they will not engage in bi-partisanship, they will continue to insist that only they have the right to represent the values of and dictate the terms of America.
I believe this is your time of trial, Mr President. Continue to compromise to the unending obstructionism of the right, continue a course of appeasement, and I believe you will lose the opportunity to have any effectiveness as President. because you have been neither hot nor cold, but as lukewarm water you will be rejected by people of faith. (Revelation 3: 15 "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.")
Bow on this issue and you may as well start planning for your Presidential library because you will be a self-inflicted lame duck.
Will all the respect I can muster: please stand up for your principles and stand up for all Americans.
Robert J. Walker