Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Changing Seasons

We came to Denver in Summer and arrived home in Fall: a new season has burst forth with returns to school, a Republican Vice Presidential candidate and the not unsymbolic turning of leaves. Our unexpected, but exhilarating detour North to the Republican convention brought new revelations as we spoke to RNC members, media, candidates and People In The Street in every state along I-70 and north from Denver to New York.

And now, Phase Two of the battle begins, in which the parties vie finally for the prize of POTUS. Already, battle lines have solidified along issues of ideology vs. feminism and human rights, apparently trumping, for the moment, issues of war, financial and national security and energy. As we begin to get our bearings and gear up for the general election in 55 days, I refer our readers to some particularly salient observations, made recently in the face of all the accusations, coming from right and left, decrying one another. In the quiet of the eye of the storm, these writers best describe the issues I regard as the most important, for without them, we have no democracy at all. I bid you to read these links. If you do nothing else of substance today, read these links and take them to heart, for they hold the truths that matter most.

And, for a bit of solid information as to WHAT THE HECK HAPPENED in Denver and, resultantly, how best to count your vote, please visit annienyc's wizened and wise entry on states' voting status:

Godspeed, human rights...godspeed First Amendment...and godspeed to those who dare to speak out against tyranny of every sort.

August 24th, 2008 at 3:22 pm, on the now famed 300 Petition to put HRC into nomination: "Who knew the biggest fight would be the restoration of [our] democracy and the biggest impediment would be the DNC itself?!"

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. --Thomas Jefferson

"Always aim high, work hard, and care deeply about what you believe in. When you stumble, keep faith. When you're knocked down, get right back up. And never listen to anyone who says you can't or shouldn't go on." --Hillary Clinton

"Facts need testimony to be remembered and trustworthy witnesses to be established in order to find a secure dwelling place in the domain of human affairs." --Hannah Arendt, Lying in Politics

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