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Are The Times A-Changin’? It’s Up To Us!

No matter what, the times, they are a changin’. How much and for whom is yet to be determined but the fact remains, Tuesday, November 4th was a transformative moment in American history. That said, it’s now time for us to take this advantage that we’ve given ourselves as the electorate and run with it. What’s on the agenda?
Universal healthcare, ending the war in Iraq quickly and safely and fixing the economy in a manner that ensures that the American workforce has high-paying, productive and meaningful jobs, not just low-wage service industry positions, among many other things.
If President-elect Obama is going to fix anything, he’s going to need our help and our vigilance but we’re not going to be able to do it ourselves. 53% and control of the House and Senate ain’t gonna be enough. As the song goes, we’re going to need the senators and congressmen, as well as the mothers and fathers. Their old road may be rapidly aging, but we’ve yet to really pave our new one.
There are signs that the youth of America might be emerging from 40 years of torpor and apathy and I hope so. For those of us in the middle, not yet old and no longer young, it is our job to do what we should have done more than 20 years ago and that’s make our voices heard and make sure those that are becoming active for the first time, those young faces on videos like this one stay active. We must engage them in the process and work of a participatory democracy.
For too long the people of the United States have been silent and for too long we have allowed those in power to erode the constitution and operate without any checks and balances. That time is over. This election was a great first step, but first step it was. Unless we take back the power and the rights that we have given up, piece by piece, since the Reagan “revolution,” the election of Barack Obama, as important, beautiful and historic as it was, won’t achieve its promise and we will have wasted this biggest opportunity we’ve had in decades to change America and the world, for the better.

The Times They Are A-Changin’
Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.
Copyright ©1963; renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

Twitter Vote Report: Ensuring Democracy, One Tweet At A Time!

Thanks to @KarinaLongworth for the heads up on Twitter Vote Report (TVR). A method of tracking how the vote is going across the country, TVR is using hashtags (#______) to collect information and report on the happenings around the country on election day, even if you don’t use Twitter (more on this below).
For example: “#10003 L:10th & Broadway #wait:120 back later #votereport” would mean that I am in zip code 10003 at 10th and Broadway and the wait at the polls is 2 hours and I’ll be back to vote later. That’s a simple one.
A more serious issue could be reported thusly:
“#10003 L:10th & Broadway #EPNY #bad #machine broken, no prov. ballots” which would mean I am in zip code 10003 at 10th and Broadway, I am having a bed experience at the polls and I need the Election Protection Coalition because the voting machines are broken and I can’t get a provisional ballot from the polling place.” See? A lot of info in a small space.
Even if you don’t use Twitter, you can still submit reports by text to 66937 (MOZES), by phone to 567-258-VOTE or by downloading the iPhone App.
More info can be found, here.
Our right to vote is arguably the most important and powerful right we possess in this country and we all need to do our part to make sure that none of us are disenfranchised!

Clarity Of Thought, Deed & Purpose: Your Job Until Election Day

Once again Mr. Tom Hall has delivered a wonderful piece of writing and leads the way on clear, concise coverage of an issue. After attending the Democratic National Convention (well, I was in Denver, not in the convention hall, alas) I made myself a promise that I guess I ought to make public, if only so that should I not follow through, there will be ample evidence. That promise was to write, often and passionately, about the upcoming election and why Barack Obama needs to be the next president of the United States. Thanks for kicking me in the ass, Tom!
I believe this is the most important election of the past 28 years and in hindsight, maybe the most important since 1960. Hell, why not since ever? In 1980, many of us were convinced that Reagan would lead us to nuclear war, but the threat of Mutually Assured Destruction (a better nickname, MAD, was never invented) and the inevitable destabilization of the Soviet Union prevented that fear from becoming reality. However, the Reagan presidency sharply reversed the social and civil rights gains achieved over the previous 15-20 years and continued the US policy of turning Latin America into our own little death squad playground.
But back to why this particular election is so important. Two words: Supreme Court. If you think that we barely survived the 5-4 decisions of the “Kennedy Court” of the past few years (2008 notwithstanding) wait until Justices Stevens (88 years old), Ginsberg (75, rumored to be ill) and possibly Souter (68 and fed up with the partisan court) and Kennedy (72) retire.

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DNC: Re-Energized And Proud!

1467881953_cb3fc2a9f9.jpgDespite the disappointment of not getting into the Pepsi Center or Mile High Stadium for the events, just being here in Denver for this Democratic National Convention has been an amazing experience. When push came to shove, there was no way I was not going to be here. I’ve recently written about my racial upbringing and each and every minute of this DNC has made me more and more aware (as if it were possible) of the monumental nature of what’s happening. We the People, who revolted to form a more perfect (white) union have, after 388 years of English settlement, finally begun to stick our heads out and have a look around at the world.

We’ve just nominated a black man for the the presidency of the United States and that’s simply amazing. As recent as 6 months ago you could hardly get anyone to admit the possibility and 2 years ago it would have been dismissed out of hand. And now? In 68 days we can elect Barack Obama president of the United States and send a message near and far, to every country on earth that the United States is at least trying to achieve the goals we proclaimed after the revolution and that we are a place where a person’s destiny is not limited by the color of their skin.
Say it loud, we’re ALL black and we’re proud! We’re ALL Latino and we’re proud! We’re ALL Native and we’re proud! We’re ALL white and we’re proud! We’re ALL Christian and we’re proud! We’re ALL Jewish and we’re proud! We’re ALL Muslim and we’re proud! We’re ALL athiest and we’re proud! We’re ALL men and we’re proud! We’re ALL women and we’re proud! We’re ALL Americans and dammit, if we elect Brack Obama, we can ALL be proud!

Election Night Update: Virginia Tighter Than A Nun’s….

The House landslide I predicted seems to be shaping up quite well, with early number in Indiana showing a few Democratic pickups. Brad Ellsworth has beaten John Hostettler in the Indiana 8th.
Also, Katherine “Nuttier than a nutty nut bar in a nut facotry on extra nut day” Harris has gone down in flames. No surprise there.
The Virginia numbers as of 5:19pm Pacific time are: 42% reporting, 50% Allen-48% Webb.
It’s gonna be a LOOOOOOONG night, friends!