|Monday, November 17, 2008|| |
| I was raised on the myth of Camelot by a boomer mother, born in a post-Doris Day world who just sorta 'missed' the 60s, perhaps due to her reaction to the killings... So in our isolated world in an idillic suburb outside Portland Oregon, I was raised on this myth... honestly believing the civil rights movemetn had happened and that indeed women and 'blacks' were free and equal. I remember going to a 'kinder-college' whereby the teacher taught us about civil liberties and even the right to burn the flag! Wow! Well like the rest of my Gen X, the 80s were a terrible wake up call. I was a gifted honors student who basically 'sold out' to the yuppie dream -- once I realized with so much disheartened apathy, that the myth was just that.... Lapse dissolve to a decade of self-help LA lifestyle personal 'work' later, I left the meaningless corporate grid sell-out game to a road less travelled... at 32 years old I ran for the olde countries, based myself in the UK and did research on a deep and meaningful book... got married, had a child, started and closed a business and alas after 9 years ran back to the America of my dreams... I was registered in Oregon so got to vote by mail there although Chantal my beautiful 7 year old and I, are now ensconced back in LALA lande...
Meeting Bill Clinton in Oregon was a highlight of my life. I loved the Clintons due to their passion and well, internationally he is so VERY highly regarded by the intelligentsia for his work in Israel, Ireland, and Africa... Just before I left the UK, I had 'fortnightly' meetings with American moms. There were 4 of us. Two were on the fence toward Obama and 2 were on the fence toward Hilary. I was in the latter camp. I really wanted to move back to America and change my mind.. but I truly didn't know you well enough and had really always been a fan and supporter of the Clinton's core principals... but everything changed when Hillary stepped down. What a week! Her speech and YOURS - allowed me to move forward behind you... When I was in the UK my favourite speech you gave was on Race. I was sorely disappointed how the full transcript and video was rarely showed by the mainstream media... I was also btw very disappointed in your FISA vote, and feel that was giving away Constitutional rights!
But Denver and Palin changed everything. You became stronger, and the Movement became more important. I began to trust you. We all did. And also it was as you said, not really about YOU - it is about US. We ARE all in it together. I love oration. I was taught to recite the Gettysberg Address by heart at 12 years old. We became deeply moved and inspired by your words, and your promises, and your AUTHENTICITY. Emails about 'the truth' became stupendous. We gave small amounts here and there, bought the T shirts and the bumper stickers, and even made phone calls.
I remember when I was at your Victory speech party in Hollywood, everyone was talking about their personal email they got before you addressed the crowds at Grant Park!
I seriously couldn't believe it. It was as if my birth and the purpose and meaning of the times I was born -- was FINALLY full circle. Like Camelot was a brief shining moment. And this is the Aquarian Age. The Real Deal. Not the New Deal. But the REAL Deal !!!
i was overwhelmed with hope, longing, a sense of History and a sense of Purpose, for the collective... not at all attached to my own story... but totally enthralled with the story we are here, to now, write, and rewrite, together!
If it weren't, I feel, for mobilized INDEPENDENT media by people like Moveon, CommonDreams, and Huffington Post, you would not have made it. I think you ran an unprecedented campaign, but also if it weren't for H. Wasserman and the guys that were exposing the GOP corruption in Ohio 2004 - it would not have gone the way we saw it. I personally would bet a million dollars that you won by a much larger percentage! I think everyone knows this is true...
One word of advice -- nip that media elite in the butt with their insane rhetoric that this is NOT a sea-change and that you only won by pretending to be centre-right! Your mandate is PROGRESSIVE! Please keep it that way - that's what the people want!!
Finally my daughter Chantal, 7, British born, would always say when she met a McCain supporter... 'but he is not going to help our country'... !!!!
And I am sooo happy I came home to be a part of all of this! What an honour! What a blessing! What a TRIUMPH of the human spirit!
We did it!!!!
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|Thursday, November 6, 2008|| |
Election Jubilation! Americans choose change!
This music video shows the work and efforts of these Americans. The wisdom of a past president, John F. Kennedy and the prophetic words of a Martin Luther King.
America is the true Promise Land!
Yes We Can!
Yes We Did!
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| For all you who are still sitting on the fence, thinkin' this is about Obama vs McCain - or thinkin' it's not about a politician saving us - cuz he can't -
This is a paradigm shift, this is a wave, this is spiritual BEYOND MEASURE.
This is all we need - "love love love - oooh, it's easy!"
The only real Love, that Is. Agape.
This has NOTHING to do with Obama, but we couldn't have got Right Here, Right Now, without him! So it also, of course, has EVERYTHING to do with him! God BLESS AMERICA! GOD BLESS PURE INTENTION, FOCUS AND CALM INTELLIGENT RESOLVE WITHOUT EGO!
GOD BLESS THE COLLECTIVE WE!
I went to sleep last night literally feeling my body bathed in the Light of the World. I could literally See bright light as my eyes closed, and I felt it wrapped all around me like a blanket of GOOD WILL... So thankful for the beautiful souls I shared the eve with in the hills. Looks like we've made it! And looks like we're going to! Full circle to my generation's living myth - infused in our childhood all the ethos of the civil rights movement, so lost in the greed and corruption of the 80s yuppiedome... alas God almighty we are free at last!
Why Portland is So Great!
Thanks Ben! You are soo right! I love you Portland!
What a Moment! - The Nation's Newspapers!
Maya Angelo and an incredible video with a great appearance of Maya Angelo on CBS's "The Early Show" this morning! AWESOME!
Ending with her great poem 'I Rise:'
'You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may trod me in the very dirt but still, like dust, I'll rise. Out of the huts of history's shame I rise up from a past rooted in pain I rise. I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise into daybreak miraculously clear I rise. Bringing the hopes that my ancestors gave, I am the hope and the dream of the slave.' And so, Harry Smith, we all rise.
Amen Brother's and Sisters.
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|Wednesday, June 18, 2003|| |
| I found that quote on a great political stickers page. Which reminds me of the 4-part BBC series 'Cambridge Spies' we just completed viewing. The story thrilled me. The true story of these all-together worldly Brits, working these incredible careers, all secretly for the KGB in the 30s, 40s and 50s. What impressed me most was the way the film showed the sheer psychological torture that happens to the idealism of the youths turned into pragmats and to lead these secret double-lives. Much like the issues raised in 'A Pefect Spy' by John LeCarre, who was also involved in foreign services... The psychology of the perfect con man, how someone moves into leading dual-alliances, is really a modern day mythos of how split our world is, and how no real idealism works here. It's always blown wide apart by the horrors of the compromised nature of humanity today. What would the world look like if we all admitted where we were cons, to ourselves and to each other? ... |
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|Wednesday, April 23, 2003|| |
|Good ol' astute Glastonbury neighbour and researcher/ writer/ historian extraordiare' Palden Jenkins forwarded this to me today. "This material is nearly a century old, and somewhat apposite."-Palden
Here's a few good paragraphs. Hit MORE to read full article.
The Moral Equivalent of War by William James
"This essay, based on a speech delivered at Stanford University in 1906, is the origin of the idea of organized national service. The line of descent runs directly from this address to the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps to the Peace Corps, VISTA, and AmeriCorps. Though some phrases grate upon modern ears...it still sounds a rallying cry for service in the interests of the individual and the nation."
"The war against war is going to be no holiday excursion or camping party. The military feelings are too deeply grounded to abdicate their place among our ideals until better substitutes are offered than the glory and shame that come to nations as well as to individuals from the ups and downs of politics and the vicissitudes of trade. There is something highly paradoxical in the modern man's relation to war. Ask all our millions, north and south, whether they would vote now (were such a thing possible) to have our war for the Union expunged from history, and the record of a peaceful transition to the present time substituted for that of its marches and battles, and probably hardly a handful of eccentrics would say yes. Those ancestors, those efforts, those memories and legends, are the most ideal part of what we now own together, a sacred spiritual possession worth more than all the blood poured out. Yet ask those same people whether they would be willing, in cold blood, to start another civil war now to gain another similar possession, and not one man or woman would vote for the proposition. In modern eyes, precious though wars may be they must not be waged solely for the sake of the ideal harvest. Only when forced upon one, is a war now thought permissible.
Pacifists ought to enter more deeply into the aesthetical and ethical point of view of their opponents. Do that first in any controversy, says J. J. Chapman, then move the point, and your opponent will follow. So long as antimilitarists propose no substitute for war's disciplinary function, no moral equivalent of war, analogous, as one might say, to the mechanical equivalent of heat, so long they fail to realize the full inwardness of the situation. And as a rule they do fail. The duties, penalties, and sanctions pictured in the utopias they paint are all too weak and tame to touch the military-minded. Tolstoi's pacifism is the only exception to this rule, for it is profoundly pessimistic as regards all this world's values, and makes the fear of the Lord furnish the moral spur provided elsewhere by the fear of the enemy. But our socialistic peace-advocates all believe absolutely in this world's values; and instead of the fear of the Lord and the fear of the enemy, the only fear they reckon with is the fear of poverty if one be lazy. This weakness pervades all the socialistic literature with which I am acquainted. Even in Lowes Dickinson's exquisite dialogue, high wages and short hours are the only forces invoked for overcoming man's distaste for repulsive kinds of labor. Meanwhile men at large still live as they always have lived, under a pain-and-fear economy — for those of us who live in an ease-economy are but an island in the stormy ocean — and the whole atmosphere of present-day utopian literature tastes mawkish and dishwatery to people who still keep a sense for life's more bitter flavors. It suggests, in truth, ubiquitous inferiority.
... All these beliefs of mine put me firmly into the anti-military party. But I do not believe that peace either ought to be or will be permanent on this globe, unless the states, pacifically organized, preserve some of the old elements of army-discipline. A permanently successful peace-economy cannot be a simple pleasure-economy. In the more or less socialistic future toward which mankind seems drifting we must still subject ourselves collectively to those severities which answer to our real position upon this only partly hospitable globe. We must make new energies and hardihoods continue the manliness to which the military mind so faithfully clings. Martial virtues must be the enduring cement; intrepidity, contempt of softness, surrender of private interest, obedience to command, must still remain the rock upon which states are built — unless, indeed, we which for dangerous reactions against commonwealths, fit only for contempt, and liable to invite attack whenever a centre of crystallization for military-minded enterprise gets formed anywhere in their neighborhood."
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|Wednesday, April 9, 2003|| |
|I have read the following before, and don't find some of it that synchronistic... except for the correlations between JFK and Lilcoln:|
When a president gets elected in a year with a "0"
Look what happens when a President gets elected in a year with a "0" at the end. Also notice it goes in increments of 20 years.
1840: William Henry Harrison (died in office)
1860: Abraham Lincoln (assassinated)
1880: James A. Garfield (assassinated)
1900: William McKinley (assassinated)
1920: Warren G. Harding (died in office)
1940: Franklin D. Roosevelt (died in office)
1960: John F. Kennedy (assassinated)
1980: Ronald Reagan (survived assassination attempt)
2000: George W. Bush ????????????
And to think that we had two guys fighting it out in the courts to be the one elected in 2000.
And, have a history teacher explain this----- if they can:
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress! s in 1946.
Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost their children while living in the White House.
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy's Secretary was named Lincoln.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who (supposedly!) assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
Lincoln was shot at the theater named 'Ford'.
Kennedy was shot in a car called 'Lincoln' made by 'Ford'.
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
And here's the kicker:
A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.
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