Fun at 2 a.m. yesterday morning while taking a break from editing video.
I mentioned Rodney Jones. I attended creative writing workshops with him and others with Philip St. Clair, who wrote an incredible epic poem Vicksburg. I remember vaguely that one or both of them advised me to let poetry speak for itself and that vast backstory should be unnecessary for a good poem. The same is usually true for good songs, but Facebook is an informal, maybe less than informal, social medium. Also, I do love when Patterson Hood adds narrative to his songs. I hope, at least, my backstory is tolerable. Thanks again to those wonderful oddballs, Facebook friends, and misc. vampires that joined me unscheduled and unpromoted in the early morning hours.
1) Uncle Bernie’s grab-bag of good policy reclaims democracy for the people and takes a drastic U-turn away from ecological catastrophe.
2) He is the ultimate long-distance runner of politics. 30 years ago he had the vision to know what this country needed to do. He organized and spoke truth to power and the country finally caught up with him. We need that long distance vision to put us on track for where we need to be 30 years from now.
Top Two Reasons Not To Vote For Bernie:
1) The nails on chalk board effect of the billionth time he mentions the billionaire class.
2) The continuous deafening lamentations of ignorant Never Bernie people followed by Bernie’s exhortations to respect these people.
Stream of consciousness from the screaming hell of caffeine addiction, My love/hate relationship with my party. Campaigns and Elections. Adam’s wild years. Political economy. Election2020. Honoring Veterans.
Keep your hate, clipped and distant Keep your luck, a two-headed cow The pilgrimage has gained momentum Take a turn, take a turn Take a fortune, take a fortune – R.E.M.
There’s this mythos that the left wing controls the media… Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, that’s not the far left. It is in a bizarro world where you have a President like you have now… we’re living in a rightwing madhouse where these corporate conservative people are the far left.
More nonsense. More craziness. It becomes normal in a sort of way. Like the way racism is normalized to the point where we don’t even see it.
RICHARDSON! calls in! TIGER WON? Are you kidding? I thought Ex-Cub, ex-White Sox Bobby Molinaro was going to win that thing!
Fun Facts: The GOP was formed in 1854. Lincoln campaigned for Republican candidates to the Illinois General Assembly in 1858 seeking an appointment to the US Senate.
Lisa needs practice for her #M4A podcast so I fired up the Facebook Live and started rolling. We’re having some fun with our lefty Romper Room and we talked about #MedicareForAll #M4A, some #GreenNewDeal some #Bernie2020 and looked back again at #ACA #Obamacare and the #GOP #RepealAndReplace movement that won a lot of elections but then backlashed in the midterms when after seizing all levels of American government it was revealed they had nothing but misery and despair and more money for #BigPharma and #BigInsurance to offer the desperate and pissed off American voters that are tired of paying more for less.
We gave a couple of shout outs to #BLM Lake County founder Clyde McLemore who had to visit the ER and has our thoughts and prayers.
We walked into an emotional minefield to talk about Israel and Rep. Ilhan Omar. This is a great wedge issue for the reactionaries and they’ve been building on and stressing the divisions within the Jewish community and between progressive Jews and other progressives for over a decade. Just to be clear: I stand with Bernie and Kamala on this issue and I #StandWithIlhan
We talked about campaigns and elections. I did some GOP-bashing but took some hope in the fact that Trump was elected over Cruzifer (Banning Muslims guy vs Carpet bombing Muslims guy).
We talked about the concerns of one community member who is dismayed about the Socialist trend in the Democratic party. We were all over the road on that one and I’m glad we have at least another 6 months to tighten that up before we do another 6 months of messaging before the IL Democratic primary. And then another 6 months to get mobilized for the 2020 Get Out The Vote campaign. We’re just getting started to #FuelTheBern
It’s wise to notice that the rock star qualities of the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign have very little to do with his flashy style and smooth talk.
By himself, he could be mistaken for the crank hypes and confused repeaters distort him out to be. Surrounded by a million volunteers out of the gate and ten million dollars in mostly small ticket donations within the first week of #Bernie2020, this is something else. One man alone is a voice in the wilderness. A million people united at the very start is, at the very least, a campaign with legs. We call it the next step of a political revolution. In the ideal sense, it’s a movement to a more perfect union. In a practical sense, it’s a survival plan.