On With It

It was a lot of fun yesterday celebrating my 100th posting with you. Now we go back to work.

If you have never read any of the links I incorporate into my articles, you MUST read George Will in the Washington Post this morning:


Mr. Will plainly and forcefully makes his case that McCain’s impulsive and eye-for-an-eye temperament is not at all conducive to a productive Presidency. Even acknowledging Obama’s lack of experience, Will says that possibility can be handled, dealt with. Not so a trigger temper like McCain’s. This is an important column which summarizes in a nutshell the main difference between the two candidates. Will’s thoughts are excellent fodder for you to throw back at those Republicans who think they are voting for some Republican fantasy from yesteryear. Please read the article and pass it along. I can not stress enough the degree of truth and ominous danger for our future incorporated into this column.

McCain’s overriding impulse, applied to all facets of American life, i.e. the military, the economy and social ills, is to CONQUER, fast and furiously, whether right or wrong, without much forethought or afterthought. Now we are told that our government needs to further borrow $700 billion to get us on the right financial track again. This is exactly the method of leadership that got us into the endless war with Iraq, that got us into the current bailout which includes a rush, without safeguards and accountability (other than the taxpayers ultimate responsibility in repayment) in place, and that got us into our nation building across the globe while what we really need is a nation REBUILDING here at home. McCain’s campaign strategies are the numero uno example of this “cut-’em-off-at-the-knees” philosophy. Yes, he wants to CONQUER; but what about afterwards, when he will need to GOVERN? That is the big DISCONNECT. If there was ever a time when we needed a leader who will NOT rule by anger, impulse and swift let’s-get-this-over-with” attitude, this is that time. If there was ever a time when we needed a leader who can put Humpty Dumpty back together again, this is the time. Impulse and hurriedness versus reconciliation and cooperation. McCain versus Obama. A mission is not accomplished just because an out of touch, ignorant leader says so. So George Will and Yo Mama are in complete agreement on the crux of the ineptitude of the McCain/Palin campaign and the dangerous depths of their possible administration.

Allow me to top off that stance with a bit of hope and humor:

There is HOPE… a HUGE Anti-Palin Rally in ALASKA!!!
PLEASE pass it on!
[The] Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage.  Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men.  I had no idea what to expect.
The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee.  It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee.  It’s probably an impressive list.  These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets.  One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host.  Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally “a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots,” and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought.  The women, of course, received some nasty, harassing and threatening messages.
I felt a bit apprehensive.  I’d been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies.  Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it’s a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren’t sent by Eddie Burke, we’ll be doing good. A real statement will have been made.  I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing “socialist baby-killing maggot” haters.
It’s a good thing I wasn’t tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody’s trunk.  When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep!  I could hardly find a place to park.  I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators).  This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned.  The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by.  And even those that didn’t honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn’t happen here.
Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up.  He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of 20 people who started shouting O-BA-MA so loud he couldn’t be heard. Then passing cars started honking in a rhythmic pattern of 3, like the Obama chant, while the crowd cheered, hooted and waved their signs high.

So, if you’ve been doing the math…  Yes.  The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin’s rally that got all the national media coverage!  So take heart, sit back, and enjoy the photo gallery.  Feel free to spread the pictures around to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans  nor the women. The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.

Oh yes: the disasta’ in Alaska. McCain’s choice of Palin for VP is a primary example of his impulsive drive to conquer, but not to govern. His delusional decisions and very bad judgments, just to win the election, will not go away if and when he assumes the Presidency. In fact, they will fester and multiply and create even more dire consequences.

And finally, let me talk about a person who will never have the audacity to claim that her mission is accomplished; my daughter Maribel —– poet, songwriter and a work in constant progress. Below is a video of her latest creation. She took one of Tom Paxton’s songs, “Daily News”, and re-wrote the lyrics to reflect today’s conundrum:

Mother pride aside, this song hit me right in my gut. This is an outcry against all of that which we Americans are supposed to stand, set the ideals, and disseminate throughout the world: freedom, choice, decency and honesty. This is public activism shining through one individual, with the hope of reaching many more. Where has our activism been for the last 40 years? In Maribel’s short life of only 26 years, there hasn’t been a leader WORTHY of much positive activism. That is a sad statement.

I absolutely revel in the fact that Barack Obama has awakened the need to go out and fight for the existence of such ideals as laid out in our Constitution so long ago, to fight back against those who are trying to take away those rights. I am overcome with joy that the young people of Maribel’s generation FINALLY have a leader to respect, heed his teachings and join his battle. If for no other reason than for the benefit to our children and grandchildren (they don’t call me Yo Mama for nothing), this is a fight we MUST win.And I am thrilled that Maribel deems Obama worthy of her words.

On with it then. In Virginia, Obama has pulled ahead by three points in a poll of likely voters. In Florida, the race is a virtual tie. I do not want to overstate the current scenario as “big momentum”, so let me simply say things are beginning to coalesce. However, numbers can change on a moment’s notice.

On with it. YES WE CAN.


2 Responses to “On With It”

  1. Natalie Rosen Says:

    Maribel is marvelous!! I wish someone could book her on Letterman. Any chance? I’m serious. GREAT lyrics…very very talented!!

  2. amy lilley Says:

    Maribel changed the lyrics is all the right places…oh such a talented kid…I KNOW where it comes from yo mama….lol

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