The New Normal

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Welcome to Trump’s Amerika San Francisco style. Skipping my usual walk in hopes of finishing a work project, I instead wandered over to the Standing Rock Protest. Along the way I greeted the SFPD with a smile and half-wave (as did other protesters; everyone’s a regular here.)

Newt Gingrich used to disparage San Francisco protests as a “cheap date,” but he never dsc04178understood the sheer pageantry and choreographed joy each brought. I can recall running out for days on end in the the late 80’s (Gulf War 1, LGBT Rights, and Police Brutality). Today I found myself reflexively checking my phone so I didn’t miss my start time. Damn it sucks to grow old. But sacrificing my first college education for politics taught me something. What I forget my migraines and need for health benefits reinforce.

The mellow crowd joined speakers in singing Wiccan, Jewish, and Christian spirituals. Female voices pervaded, providing a comfort I sorely missed. However, one young man had an enchanting voice which stilled everyone. Together it felt like someone, or something, embraced us all.

Glancing around I saw protesters of all ages. Squinting I vaguely recognized some of the older ones. [It’s really been years since I ventured out.] Moving actively around them were youngsters in their teens, twenties, thirties and forties. Many had amazing costumes and clever signs. Still I refrained from too many close up pictures because the police were taking plenty of them. However, sometimes I couldn’t resist. dsc04172

Trudging back to work I felt guilty for not joining the march. However, I suspect many more opportunities will soon follow. Besides things were well in hand without me. Kinda of my life story. But it’s okay; I help most by telling other people’s stories.

So yes, CSheila blogs again. And somewhere my mother smiles.

 

 

NYT: Where’s the Outrage?

 

December 10 march for voting rights
December 10 march for voting rights (Photo credit: Sunset Parkerpix)

 

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/28/opinion/blow-wheres-the-outrage.xmlSobering article on the spate of voter suppression laws passed in various states. A proactive solution might lie in getting photo ids out to people. Its something entertainment industry could spearhead. Obviously still fight like hell to overturn but use this as backup.

 

New Jim Crow Laws - Arizona - Jan Brewer - Mar...
New Jim Crow Laws – Arizona – Jan Brewer – Maricopa County – Joe Arpaio (Photo credit: Cuauhtemoc-Hidalgo Villa-Zapata)

 

NYT: Who’s on America’s Side? — Dowd Nails It

Hollywood On Trial
Hollywood On Trial (Photo credit: wgbhmorningstories)

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/opinion/dowd-whos-on-americas-side.xml NYT Columnist Maureen Dowd describes how the Republican efforts to smear Obama as UnAmerican are failing. Worse, many Americansseem to finally realize it’s the Republicans protecting corporate interests at all costs that threatens the Republic. Of course it’s not all, which presents the danger.

Read her piece along with NYT article on Chinese‘s elites flailing attempts to introduce reform at http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/07/18/world/asia/as-china-talks-of-change-fear-rises-on-risks.xml.There the elites lack any real connection to the people so discussions rendered moot. However, many recognize the dangers arising from this lack of contact as shown by both the original Chinese Revolution and (certainly) the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

red-color news soldier
red-color news soldier (Photo credit: the|G|™)
Albert Einstein The important thing is not to ...
Albert Einstein The important thing is not to stop questioning (Photo credit: Steve Rhodes)

The challenge lies in convincing folks it’s not only their right but their duty to dissent on issues of principle.