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Flag Day

For all the holidays we celebrate, this one sure doesn’t get the punch it needs. Politics is a mud bath, and both parties try to insult us with the supposition that disagreement with their policies is un-American.

The rest of the year feel free to flip the bird. Today, fly the flag.

The high road is often the road least traveled.

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Whether you are Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberal, Independent or Undecided, today you have a chance to stand up and be counted. This is a right and a privilege we often take for granted, and there are many countries around the world where this freedom is not possible.

Whether you believe your voice matters or not – and there are countless forces who want you to believe it does not – today is the day that you have an obligation to cast your ballot. Yes, I said obligation – for if you do not back up your opinions with action, you had better keep your mouth shut and accept the consequences.

Frankly, I’m underwhelmed at many of the choices; I cannot remember a time when so many people running for office seemed to be so functionally illiterate and thoroughly uneducated on the issues. In some of the national races there are certifiable nutjobs a breath away from winning state office. It’s frightening to think that some of these people could soon be in positions of power and influence. Politics is a dirty business; by preying on the sheep-like mentality of so many angry and disillusioned people, carnival barkers shouting shallow talking points have replaced true leaders with a viable design for change and improvement.

I used to wonder why we couldn’t even find two credible candidates to run for our nation’s highest office, but after watching people’s lives, families and reputations get disemboweled by the media and other invisible forces, I suspect many worthy potential candidates just figure it’s not worth the trade-off. So yeah, I’m cynical about what I have to choose from. And in some cases, it might be the lesser of two evils – the devil you know rather than the devil you don’t.

Ultimately the true call to action is to enter the fray yourself – throw your name in the hat, if not research and find someone you believe in and volunteer to help their efforts. It’s too late for today – aside from calling people to encourage them to get out and vote – but it might help the next time around.

There are some serious issues on the table like health care and gay rights and Social Security that will seriously regress if some of these puppets for shadow organizations take office. You don’t have to vote for somebody…you can vote against somebody.

But dammit…vote.

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Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear

Schedule as of Friday; for updates, click here.

If you can’t be in Washington DC, find a local gathering.

PRE-PRE SHOW — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Video montages/music will play on the Jumbotrons around the venue to entertain the crowd as they gather.

PRESHOW — 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

12:00 – 12:40 — THE ROOTS will play for the crowd.

12:40 – 12:57 — Comedian (TBD) will warm-up the audience.

12:57 – 1:00 — Video countdown & intros

SHOW — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

1:00 – 1:05 SINGING OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM — Musical guest (TBD)

1:05 – 1:20 JON STEWART welcomes the crowd

1:20 – 1:30 STEPHEN COLBERT enters

1:30 – 1:35 BENEDICTION by actor Don Novello

1:35 – 1:40 POEM read by actor Sam Waterston

1:40 – 1:50 JEFF TWEEDY & MAVIS STAPLES perform

1:50 – 2:15 JON & STEPHEN perform

2:15 – 2:20 SHERYL CROW performs

2:20 – 2:30 SPEAKERS Guests make brief statements, both LIVE and TAPE (TBD)

2:30 – 2:40 MUSICAL GUEST (TBD)

2:40 – 2:40 SANITY & FEAR awards – PRETAPED footage.



(Let’s hope that last one lasts at least until Wednesday…)

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The Teabag Party

Maybe the way to defeat a stupid idea is with a stupider idea.

That’s what the Tea Party seems like to me. Hey, I’m no fan of lame politicians who get free lifetime health care benefits yet can’t seem to understand that affordable healthcare for the rest of us is an important issue. Or the radio zealots who twist and turn everything into an urgent problem because that’s what gets ratings and lines their pockets. I’m an Independent; I think the function of the Republican and Democrat parties has devolved to the point where they exist just to battle each other. Both have forgotten who they work for – you and me.

So the premise of flushing out lazy incumbents is a good one, but unfortunately the Tea Party is not ambivalent in their cause; they’re simply focused upon a hardcore right-wing agenda. These are the people who think Ronald Reagan was the greatest President in American history rather than an emasculated B-movie actor who consulted psychics but succeeded only because he was an actor who could read the cue cards.  (The Republicans apparently forgot the value of this gimmick in recent years.)

I just can’t believe so many people take the drivel they’re given and follow it like sheep. But no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American Public.

America has a long legacy of brilliant, inventive women leaders, yet the first female presidential candidate might be one of the most ill-informed pinheads ever to walk the Earth. And I’m not sure what’s more frightening – the fact that she could actually win or that a large percentage of the population doesn’t realize that she is as dumb as a rock when it comes to foreign policy, economics, world culture or any critical issue facing our country.

So if I’m going to wallow in political hysteria, at least I’m going to get some laughs out of it. Enter Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, who (along with a staff or crack writers and performers) probably bring more sanity to the whole damned thing despite the comedy than Glenn Beck or Keith Olbermann do with their passionate yet slanted perspectives.

So I’m going to side with what I will refer to as the Teabag Party. See you on October 30th in Washington DC! If all else fails, and we don’t restore sanity to the masses, at least the day after the rally is Halloween. Then we’ll have two reasons to have the shit scared out of us.

And as for America and the elections? We’ll get what we deserve. To paraphrase Tiny Tim…”God help us, every one“.

Jon Stewart’s Rally To Restore Sanity

Stephen Colbert’s  March To Keep Fear Alive

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