Burning the Midnight Oil for the Next American Revolution
Hurray, Senator Obama is now President-Elect Obama.
Hurray, John Boccieri is now Congressman-Elect Boccieri.
Hurray, Larry Kissell is now Congressman-Elect Kissell.
Hurray, What's-is-name in Cincinnati is now Congressman-Elect What's-is-name (I guess I should look that up again)
California passed ... narrowly, but it passed ... Proposition 1A for a High Speed Rail system, including $950m for funding non-HSR systems to connect into the HSR system, helping set up the possibility of leap forward into a more sustainable, more Energy Independent future.
And I'm crying.
Well, so sue me.
First is the relief. Instead of Bush's Economic Policy plus Cheney's Foreign Policy in the hands of a Commander in Chief a substantially bit more scary-erratic than either, we have a "center-progressive" ... what they would call in Australia "a safe pair of hands" (its a cricket reference).
Well, maybe a little.
But mostly, there is the one god-damned fly in the ointment ... and to make it even more poignant, from the very same state that brought the hopeful sign of a step toward an Economy with a Future ...
... is the seemingly successful effort to entrench discrimination coming to us as a greasy bit of unpleasant refuse from the Society of the Past.
t's not like I have any close "live world" friends who are gay or lesbian, or family members ... so I don't have the traditional "personal testimonial" to give here. Just sorrow that I live in that country where that is the way that a practiced, slimy theocratic movement can impose their narrow personal morality on society.
I guess what I am grieving is not a death, but an absence ... the absence of a progressive movement that is able to come down on a "Entrench Discrimination for Fund and Profit" ploy like a ton of bricks.
And don't let anybody say "My Country Right Or Wrong" in my presence right now, or somebody is going to end up with broken teeth. Its Our Country, that's why we need to set it right.
Populist movements don't build themselves ...
... It doesn't matter what the "horse race" outcome of the campaign is, if we fight the campaign. Fighting it, we learn how to fight. Learning how to fight political battles, we become citizens again. Becoming citizens again, we reclaim the Republic that lies dormant beneath the bread and circuses of modern American society.
- Picture Credit: David Leeson (#8)