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Happy fuckin' 4th.

I have spent my Independence Day writing. I have written letters to the Speaker of the House, begging her to reconsider her vow not to pursue impeachment charges against Bush and Cheney. I have written to Senator Schumer, who I respect enormously. I wrote to Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. God, I even wrote to our district Councilman.

I think its time to write to the Democratic candidates: what the fuck are you planning to do, if elected, to rebuild the damage done to this country by eight fucking years of unrepentant, shameless evil?

Ted spent his day writing. And calling. And writing some more.

We’re going to visit Ted’s family tonight, but I can honestly say I’m not in a celebratory mood. I’m a patriot, I love this country; because I am a patriot, deep inside, I’m grieving. But I'm not quite ready to cover the mirrors and sit shiva for the US quite yet. I hope that the revolutionary spirit that this country was built on, and the Constitution itself, hasn’t been smothered by phony, mindless, flag-licking jingoism. I hope that this country and its people won’t continue to drown in the quagmire of fear, apathy, and cynicism that got us to this point over the last six years.

Instead of a flag, I think we should raise the Bill of Rights onto a pole and fly that.

Comments

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xelucha
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
that is the most patriotic possible thing that a person could do on this day. i love you!
edenssixthday
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
Instead of a flag, I think we should raise the Bill of Rights onto a pole and fly that.

But first, could we possibly take that pole and shove it up W's ass?

I need to sit down and write to my reps and senators and whoever I possibly can. I'm pessimistic about it making a difference since I'm in a red state, but it definitely won't make a difference if I sit on my fat ass and do nothing. Thanks, Beth, for being such an inspiration. Happy Independence Day!!!
alicia_stardust
Jul. 4th, 2007 11:47 pm (UTC)
You are like no one else I've ever known. I love that you spent your day writing and trying to make a difference. You are very inspiring.

Semi-related to this topic: I need "better" online news sources. Any recommendations?
ladybladethrust
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:11 am (UTC)
"It hardly matters who is the ventriloquist and who is the dummy."
Keith Olbermann (MSNBC) kicked collective ass last night:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xozYFUIvHQM





theodicy
Jul. 5th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Checklist lined up for tomorrow.

Speaking as one of the estimated ten million or so of descendants of the people who risked death to come here, I am NOT letting go of my freedom without a fight. YAAAAAHHH!
deathdolly
Jul. 5th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
Talk about grieving...
I was at the local Walgreen's today, when the clerk asked me, "So..I mean I know lots of people are bbqing and stuff, but what is this holiday celebrating exactly?"

And this was a serious question,

I looked at him stone faced, got my bag and walked the fuck out.
goth_hobbit
Jul. 5th, 2007 12:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Talk about grieving...
I would ask if you were having us on, but I -- sadly -- know people who are every bit as brain dead.

All things considered, you showed remarkable restraint. I would have gone into Sarcastic Bitch Overdrive (TM) and said something to the effect of "We're celebrating the fact that a group of people who believed that this could be a better world stood up to an oppressive government and won freedom from foreign rule, all so that you could, 231 years later, vote for Shrubya and be deliberately ignorant of everything except football and NASCAR."


Given that two of the things that my friends and I can talk about for hours are politics and history, I probably would have gone on to voice an opinion that he was descended from hamsters on his mother's side, and that his father carried the scent of elderberries.

(Now, my Grad Student, on the other hand offers the possibility that the clerk might have been trying to make a sarcastic observation about the holiday and engage you in a political discussion, and just did it badly, since he has had the experience of being misunderstood when trying to be clever. He does try and give people the benefit of the doubt, which is one of the things that I love about him. On the other hand, he also admits that the answer to that possibility is 'probably not'.)
ashbet
Jul. 5th, 2007 09:18 pm (UTC)
Here's something else terrifying about Bush:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/05/18/london/main2825967.shtml

I can't believe that this hasn't gotten more coverage :(

-- A <3
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