Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Fw: [PDA] That Warm Feeling


That Warm Feeling
By William Rivers Pitt
Progressive Democrats of America

Friday 11 November 2005

This may make me a bad person, but I get a warm feeling in the center of my soul when I watch right-wing maniacs freak out in frustration and lose their so-called minds.  It just makes me smile.

Two examples of this came rolling down the mountain in the last day.  When the citizens of Dover, PA decided in the elections this past Tuesday to give the boot to a bunch of Intelligent Design golems who had boll-weeviled their way onto the school board, Mr. Robertson fell off the planet.  "I'd like to say to the good citizens of Dover," saith Pat on his television show, "if there is a disaster in your area, don't turn to God, you just rejected Him from your city. And don't wonder why He hasn't helped you when problems begin, if they begin. I'm not saying they will, but if they do, just remember, you just voted God out of your city. And if that's the case, don't ask for His help because he might not be there."

If any of the good people in Dover are concerned about this, they should put their fears to rest.  This condemnation came from the fellow who said Orlando would be obliterated by "earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor" for flying rainbow flags to mark the annual Gay Days celebration at Disney World in 1998.  The last time I checked, Orlando remains unsmited by the wrath of God.

On the heels of Robertson's magically deranged denunciation of Dover came the ever-insane Bill O'Reilly, who decided the city of San Francisco needs to be destroyed.  The citizens of that glorious city decided in last Tuesday's elections to ban military recruiting in public schools, and to ban handgun ownership in the city.  "You want to be your own country?" frothed Bill. "Go right ahead. And if al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead."

For the record, Coit Tower was erected to honor the firefighters who fought the flames unleashed upon San Francisco in the 'o6 quake.  Not very nice, Billy-boy.

Why are these two men, along with their like-minded cadre of right-wing goofballs, having such bad hair days all of a sudden?  It might have something to do with the turning of a number of worms in last Tuesday's elections.  Beyond the epic victories of Mr. Kaine in Virginia and Mr. Corzine in New Jersey, beyond the utterly humiliating bag of defeat handed to the Governator in California, beyond the defeat of an anti-gay ballot initiative in Maine, there were these moments of glory:

In the 94th District legislative race in Missouri, Democrat Jane Bogetto stunned locals with a 58 percent victory, becoming the first Democrat to win the seat in 58 years.  In Erie County, New York, Mark Polocarz, a young Kerry '04 activist, became the first Democrat to capture the county comptroller's race in 30 years, winning easily by 18 percentage points. In Suffolk County, New York, Democrat Kathleen Rice defeated 30 year incumbent Dennis Dillon for DA and Brian Foley got elected town supervisor of Brookhaven, the country's largest township, after a 30 year reign.  In St. Paul, Minnesota, Democratic mayor Randy Kelly lost 2-1 to another Democrat because Kelly had crossed party lines to endorse President Bush in 2004.  In Corning, New York, Democrat Frank Coccho, a self-employed plumber, became the first Democratic mayor in 50 years.

The list goes on.  To top all this off, the Bush administration is under withering assault from all directions.  The nomination of Harriet Miers exploded in a blaze of disgrace, Scooter Libby and Tom DeLay are contemplating plea agreements to avoid prison time, the GOP budget talks have fallen apart after a revolt by party moderates, Patrick Fitzgerald is still crouched in the tall grass, and a vast majority of the country has come to the conclusion that the war in Iraq, indeed the entire term of Bush's tenure, has been an awful, bloody, wretched waste of time.

No wonder the cretins are going bananas.  Like I said, it just gives me a warm feeling.

Progressive Democrats of America has been in this up to the elbows.  Our Inside/Outside strategy has kept the heat in the street while our activists have been pounding down the doors of congressional Representatives.  PDA wore down the shoe leather going house to house in many of Tuesday's most important races, making sure the folks got out to vote.  Our lobbying groups are coming together all across the country, and new chapters are born every month.

I cannot even begin to describe the energy I felt when I marched with PDA activists from all across the country during September's historic march in Washington DC.  Listening to Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Lynn Woolsey and Cindy Sheehan speak at our PDA strategy session that weekend was like feeling the sun on my face after a long, cold darkness.  PDA sponsored Town Hall meetings to address the need for our withdrawal from Iraq are happing all over the country; I will be attending one in Newton, MA, this weekend.  We are honored now to have Rep. Woolsey, Rep. Conyers, Cindy Sheehan and other incredible heroes  join the PDA Advisory Board, and their presence will carry us further still.

The progressive movement is on the rise and scoring victories every day. Things are beginning to change for the better, and we need your help to continue the push.  If you can, please make a $35 a month sustaining donation to PDA so we can carry this fight even further into the heart of this administration and its insane policies.  We have also received a generous offer from one of our great supporters: If anyone donates $5,000 to PDA, that amount will be matched and doubled.  I know that is a lot of money, but if you are able to, please take this generous donor up on his amazing challenge grant.

The wheel continues to turn, and with your help, we will roll it through the gates of the White House and to the front door of George W. Bush.  The time is now, the board is set, and the pieces are moving.  I, for one, do not intend to let this warm feeling slip away.  We are on the move.

William Rivers Pitt works for Progressive Democrats of America as the Editorial Director. He is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: War in Iraq - What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to Know and The Greatest Sedition is Silence. He is the lead writer for the alternative daily news magazine, and served for a time as Press Secretary for the Dennis Kucinich for President campaign. Pitt is currently working on his third book, Four More Years--Truth, Justice and the Ethic of Total Opposition. He lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.


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