lost dog edition…

First, i have to tell you that i blame all this on the God thing…

This whole GOD-like illusion emulated by the CHURCH, the CORPORATION, the GOVERNMENT, the MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX (maybe all the same?): and we feel powerless because we can’t distill these things down to just a boardroom full of people in expensive suits or a group of people, just people, in a Senate Chamber. The buildings, the machinery of it all, the infrastructure deceives us into thinking these things are unknowable or impenetrable or unbeatable. That these things, like God, control our destiny and our country. But it t’ain’t true.

PhotobucketIt’s a little like losing your dog… despite those who babble about reality and statistics (that you’ll never find your pooch), what do you do??? Print flyers. Get in the car and drive everywhere. Call the cops, the SPCA, the local dog catcher three or four or five times a day.  Even though you’re overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to start, these things do NOT stop you.

No. You do NOT accept that you’ll never see your dog again. You don’t write it off as fate or give in to God’s will or the reality of statistics. And how does any of this relate to POLITICS? I’m getting there:::::::

Take George Bush: he and all his minions act as though they have armor made by God himself and they can not be penetrated or undone. Thus the man, George Bush, became BushCo. An invisible force overwhelming our country (and kidnapping your dog).  After the 2000 coup and then again, after 9/11, we could barely find anybody to talk to. M ost, it seemed, wrapped themselves in the flag, inoculated from outside forces and realities to remain safely overfed, overdressed, and over-leveraged. They didn’t want to hear it.

Let me tell you a secret: It’s not the politicians, theocrats, or corporatists we need to change, although that would help. It’s us. We’re the big moving mass of power HERE and every day, even when we can’t see it or feel it or perceive it, we are getting stronger and they are getting weaker. Because every day, more and more of us give less and less power to politicians, religion mongers, corporatists, and naysayers. Lots of WE-the-people decided NOT to accept BushCo’s reality. We insist on putting names and faces to BushCo, revealing only people, real humans and vulnerable, as are we all.

And in smallest of ways… how many of you don’t buy SUVs? Or limited mindless buying of crap? And walk or bike instead of taking the car? How many blog, campaign, write letters, try to persuade family and friends to open their eyes? How many simply care? Just one small voice… that’s all i am… and yet i’d go toe-to-toe with Bush, Rove, or Cheney right this minute. I’d love to sit across the table from Chris Matthews and rub his face (figuratively of course) in it. It didn’t take an army to bring us to this crisis, it only took a few guys from the Middle East to take over planes and make them crash into a coupla buildings. That’s all it was, a few guys, and LOOK: it CHANGED the world… giving the bad guys the in they needed to justify taking over our world…

We too can change the world. By doing GOOD and embracing the COMMON GOOD.

Thousands and thousands and hundreds of thousands of us and millions of us. It’s going to take time. Because while we think the politicans should change at the snap of a voting lever, they don’t. And neither do we. This is a process WE ARE ALL GOING through.

We’ve had some bad days… okay, i’ll give you that. A boatload of bad days. But voting in the Dems was the easy part. The hard part is FINDING YOUR DOG… don’t give up. Keep the pressure on. Take your school board seats back from the theocrats. Get involved with Democratic politics at the local level and start a little rabble rousing::: find the core groups/decision-makers across the state and demand they look at net- and grassroots candidates for Congress. Mobilize whoever you can and hit county fairs. Go knock on doors. We can use the internet to connect these national races and each other. Maybe we can’t stop the climate change that has already happened. But we can change the way we deal with it. Take our government back and encourage a revolution of innovation, research, development, and ways of creating equitable and sustainable economies and ecosystems/environments.

It’s gonna take some time and more bad things will happen, but WE WILL GET THERE. It’s just believing that we’re gonna find our dog…

even if it’s when we cross that rainbow bridge

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    • pfiore8 on April 14, 2008 at 8:43 pm
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    dog bones instead of tips, please……..

    • brobin on April 14, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    but I’m still looking for her every chance I get.

    pf, the local level is truly where it starts, and I can’t agree with you more when you say:

    Take your school board seats back from the theocrats. Get involved with Democratic politics at the local level and start a little rabble rousing::: find the core groups/decision-makers across the state and demand they look at net- and grassroots candidates for Congress. Mobilize whoever you can and hit county fairs. Go knock on doors.

    We progressives here in North Carolina spend a good amount of time blogging on BlueNC, but that community is much more than typing to each other.  We are activists, volunteers, and yes, even candidates.  Believe me when I tell you that when a Local, State or National Democratic candidate is invited to live-blog on BlueNC, they JUMP at the chance.  Because they know that if they have what it takes, we will work with them and for them to get them elected.  On the other hand, they know sure-as-hell that if they don’t hold up their end of the bargain, we will work just as hard against them.

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  2. This post wasn’t really about lost dogs, although some of the comments have gone chasing them.

    You’re right on about the need to keep doing the small things consistently and keeping the pressure on the Dems.

    That’s why i got involved with the Iraq Moratorium, among other things.  (Which is this Friday, by the way.)

    We need to keep the pressure on, every day, in every way we can think of if we want things to change.  Obviously, just electing Dems in 06 wasn’t enough.

    Thanks for the reminder.

  3. I still don’t have time, but I just want to say that this essay, along with several others over the last few days are the kind of essays that are going to make this site important.

    This is such a positive essay about such an ugly state that we find ourselves in.

    No, we do not give up on our dog, and thank you for putting that in perspective.

    • KrisC on April 16, 2008 at 12:19 am

    I kept chasing my tail all day on Sat…sorry I couldn’t make it p….on top of everything else I was just sicker than a dog.  

    Morning sickness doesn’t end at lunch, let me tell you!!

    The good news is we are having another baby, due at Christmas, and I was going to tell everyone in Boston…oh well!  

    Anyway, this is what lightening did to our neighbors front yard on Saturday morning…

    • RiaD on April 16, 2008 at 12:23 am

    you always put things in such a neat way….

    make links i don’t see, then pull away the curtain~ tada!!

    ::stands applauding::

    Whoo-hoo! Bravo!  

    • Atticus on April 16, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    And I love good writing.  This just made my day.

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