Wednesday, June 22, 2005

D is for Dumb Ass

Ok, so the elephants have proven themselves to be smarter than the dumb asses. That is, smarter in strict terms of political propaganda. This, too, will pass. It must pass, and we must get past it for the common good and the higher ground.

Don't get the idea that the DemFest this last weekend was for party uppity ups and loyalists. Though many of us are loyal by default, many of us are outright and openly disgruntled with the currently weak ebb and flow of the Democratic Party.

It was called "Democracy Fest," not "Democrat Fest," and I, for one, would welcome many outside the current Democratic Party to join this energetic bandwagon.

T-shirt seen on some participants at the Fest - a quotation from Will Rogers:

"I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat."

Yep, the Dems have dropped the ball ever since Lyndon Johnson squeezed blood out of a turnip in the jungle. This conservative Republican "revolution" was a long time coming and was certainly in motion as soon as Nixon waved from that helicopter. Reaan wasn't going to let that felonious flub keep him from creating a "new day in America."

Well, now we need a "new century" in America.

The Dems in power are so ESTablished, they're wimps. Howard Dean is right: "Republican lite."

Many at this conference realized how much progressives need some heavy hitters to got to bat like they really mean to not only hit the ball but make it theirs and knock it out of the park.

Make that country club.

We need a mission statement as simple and as strong as a baseball bat.

Let's go.


At 6/22/2005 1:55 PM, Anonymous John Miller said...

I didn't go to the whole DemFest; only the dinner at Stubb's Saturday night. (At least the food was good!) And I had to leave before the principal speakers because it's a long drive back to Kerrville. But I was really disappointed in Molly Ivins, whose columns I've always enjoyed reading, and I was disgusted by the so-called "poem" that consisted of nothing but "fuck you" over and over again. And the sheriff from Dallas County? She wasn't elected BECAUSE she is a lesbian, but IN SPITE OF that fact. Sorry, but I thought this was an affair of a "fringe" group. I note that the mainstream media didn't even cover the event, and the Austin American-Statesman only gave it 3 column-inches in a column otherwise devoted to drownings, car accidents, etc.

At 6/22/2005 10:42 PM, Blogger Lawrence said...

Yes John, the Saturday entertainment was hit and miss, but the real HEART of the DemFest '05 was in the sessions at Huston-Tillotson University. I think it was a good way for progressives to spend a few sweaty and social days. Please see my other posts on DemFest below.


At 6/23/2005 7:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besides the two local TV stations that were at Stubb's, the Texas State (radio) network carried a Dean interview mentioning DemocracyFest offered to 160 radio stations across the state, and KUT-FM, the large public radio station in Austin, carried a story. There was and actual story with photo in the Statesman Saturday about Friday's activities at Huston-Tillotson.

Saturday was a huge newsday in Austin, with two major political announcements, Juneteenth celebrations and the sad news of the death of Jake Pickle. The lack of coverage by major newspapers was certainly annoying but not particularly surprising. Fortunately the Austin Chronicle, NOKOA, the Texas Observer and the LA Weekly ran/will run significant stories.

Ms. Ivins had already spoken at Huston-Tillotson earlier in the day. She's having health issues and it's a tribute to her that she even showed up. The Stubb's event also featured speeches by fringe groupies Rep. Lloyd Doggett, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and the chairman of the Democratic party.

If a person attends about 10 percent of an event, it seems rather unfair to characterize the whole event by what the person managed to see.


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