A final victory is an accumulation of many short-term encounters. To lightly dismiss a success because it does not usher in a complete order of justice is to fail to comprehend the process of achieving full victory. It underestimates the value of confrontation and dissolves the confidence born of a partial victory by which new efforts are powered.
— Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?
Obviously, this isn’t really about the ACA, but it is applicable as well as applicable to anti-racism, gay rights, feminism, etc.
I do think it might be read as too optimistic. Full victory is rare. Successes may be rolled back. The task can be Sisyphean or feel that way. If full victory is the work of generations, that work can feel futile for a very long time.
(Side note: I went to a meeting in a facility near where I live called the “Luther King House” (there is an associated school). It is, in fact, named after MLK, but I find it amusing that they use “Luther King” instead of “King” or “MLK” or “MLK, Jr.” I’ve never seen the “Luther King” formulation before.)