Saturday, November 19, 2005

The calvary is coming!

After Howard Dean's campaign and watching John Kerry douse every fire of passion around him I could barely breathe from disappointment. I watched liberal Democrats petrified of saying or doing anything that could get them un-elected. I felt I had wandered into an alternate reality, where up was down and down was up.

I took a grown-up job out of politics and hunkered down. Oh sure the occasional CSPAN show or Jim Lehrer News Hour. The Bush Admin spewed lies and spin and spewed out talking points, the louder the better, to drown out dissenters. It hurt to watch. I licked my wounds. I stayed uninvolved, wondering how we got to such a mean-spirited place. In college I studied documentary film making and using film as propaganda, in part to help me understand how a Hitler could come to power. Slow and steady, blame others, eliminate opposition swift and hard, those were his tools. And I began to see the same thing happen here, wondering why our nation so full of decent and good people, lay dormant. They were given a diet of fear, of terrorists, of losing a job, of not being able to pay for college, and more terrorists.

Reporters covered handouts. They stood in a group, like so many buzzing insects, all reporting the same thing. A few brave souls managed to get in a few words but they were quickly extinguished. Howard Dean was brought down first by the DNC; his own party did not want a diversion from their steady drip of "same old same old."

Friday October 28. I knew indictment(s) were coming, a glimmer of hope was building. I watched, entralled. Plain talk. Legalese for dummies. Bad things done, issued indictment, further investigation.

Someone to believe in again. Patrick J. Fitzgerald, I salute you, for breathing air back into our lifeless bodies. Maybe you weren't the first, or even the loudest - although from the fear Bob Woodward showed, I guess subpeona power has some cache.

I stole this picture off a web site because it's really cool, and I want it on my site.

Then just when I'm happily sucking up all this new information along comes Rep. Jack Murtha, and wow, what a blast of plain talk.

Here is my favorite part:
"I like guys who've never been there who criticize us who've been there," Murtha said. "I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and sent people to war and then don't like to hear suggestions that what may need to be done."
Oops, I forgot the George Bush National Guard in Alabama part, but it's there in spirit.

My Meanderings is dedicated to the above persons and others who ring loud and true, this holiday week I have hope. Hope is our life force.

And yes, bring our soldiers home. Give them hope as well. They deserve that much, and far more.


bluewild said...

You're right, Kit. Maybe Patrick Fitzgerald wasn't the first, or the loudest but he was and is the most effective and the strongest and the smartest. He is using the law to catch them. And he can't be bought. That must drive them crazy. It is something that is beyond their comprehension. I don't think they believe it. But that is why PJF is invulnerable and why I really do hope he runs for president. I would do whatever is legally possible to get him elected.

bluewild said...

Kit, do you remember PF Flyers? We could be his fly girrrrls. The PJF FLYERS!

Kit Neill said...

Blue Wild...
I do remember the Flyers, and boy did I want to be a Fly Girrrrl.
So PJF Flyers we are!
I'll have to try to design a new button for us. Don't yet have an image in mind, but stay tuned....

And I'm sure you saw, he loved the button, even linking to it!

While I think he'd be a great prez and am officially signed on, I like him as prosecutor even more. Did you read the CEO Black indictment? CEO's who rob their own are pure evil, and our PJ got 'im!

bluewild said...

I just watched The Yes Men tonight. It's a documentary about these guys that pretend to be a part of the WTO. It's entertaining, scary and hopeful at the same time. Since I read that you had some interest and education in documentaries, I thought you might find their concept interesting.
I have some background in theater and improvisation so if you ever need someone to pull the scam on the Scammers, I'm your girrrrl.

Here's an excerpt from the FAQ section of their website:

"...the last scene in Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator. Mistaken for Hitler at the border of Austria, the Jewish barber makes a speech to the soldiers waiting to start the Anschluss:

Greed has poisoned men's souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.... Even now my voice is reaching millions... victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.... Soldiers! Don't give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you and enslave you.... Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery, fight for liberty.

The soldiers cheer wildly and call off the Anschluss. Perhaps a faux Bush could announce this today? I'm sure our troops would cheer...."

Eerily relevant?

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