Thursday, November 3, 2005

A year and a day

Lemming marked yesterday as a year since the election. The day had passed by unnoticed by me until she pointed that out.

We're almost five years into the Bush presidency and it's time to take stock and see how the Bush administration has affected me. On a personal level, I have stopped being diplomatic. I used to politely nod when people said things that I found offensive. I realize that I am out of the mainstream Hoosier thought. I wish it were not the case. My heroes are people like Eugene V. Debs, Robert LaFollette, Michael Harrington and Martin Luther King. Apart from MLK, whose image has been coopted to water his message down, you're not going to see any of those people competing with Ronald Reagan for a spot on our currency. Anyway, I don't challenge people and proselytize (well apart from here maybe), but I no longer let people (often poor random strangers) get away with some of their FOX News/AM Radio talking points. It probably doesn't do any one any good, but it helps me keep my sanity. Hopefully, this will keep me from becoming a crazy old man who lives in a cave.

4 Comments:

Anonymous lawgeekgurl said...

here, we celebrated the anniversary by staging a large protest against Bush and his administration. There were riot police involved. It was just like the 1968 Democratic Convention, only no one got beat up! That I know of, anyway.

November 03, 2005  
Blogger torporific said...

Cool. I am glad that some marked the day and there is no new Chicago 8.

November 03, 2005  
Blogger Doug said...

I'm like that too. I used to just ignore the right-wing talking points. Now I offer corrections. My wife likes to let me loose on people at parties to offer corrections where lengthy factual dissertations are required.

November 03, 2005  
Blogger The Haikuist said...

Ironically, Eugene Debs himself was a Hoosier (from Terre Haute).

You might want to check out the Socialist Party USA, if you haven't already. I am a member myself, and we try to carry on the tradition of Debs to this day.

November 05, 2005  

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