Great Group and this song reminded me of the opposing world of blogging.
Sometimes we just need to agree to disagree.
Peace my Friends…
If you know anything about me you know I LOVE Rachel Maddow. She is not only my idol, but also my long lost twin. Being a televisionless household, I do not have the opportunity to watch her show in the evening, so every morning I download her podcast from the previous evening and that is how I begin my day.
I could easily post her video everyday as my blog, but you could just as easily go to rachel.msnbc.com and watch it for yourself. Today is an exception, because there was a segment that I feel is extremely important to share. It stems from a speech given at the Tea Party Convention.
It is 2010 right? Everyone should know what is really going on with the far Right in this country.
Feb. 8: Rachel Maddow reviews the history of how “literacy tests” were used to prevent black people from voting in America and why Tom Tancredo’s opening speech to the Tea Party Convention calling for the return of those tests is so abhorrent. Harvard Law School professor Charles Ogletree shares his insights on racism in the United States.
Hope all is well with everyone. It’s a new year and a new decade. Last year was rough on a lot of people, but I think through all of the chaos most seem to still be smiling bright.
New years is a time when people tend to make resolutions. Things they will do or improve in the next year. I’m not sure I’ve ever made a “new years” resolution. Throughout the year, I make plans or new goals for myself. That’s what they should be called, goals. Resolution is such a finite word. It makes it sound like there is an end point. Goals do not have to have an end point. Like making a goal to be nicer to people, or to quit smoking. They are continuous. And, what’s the point of making a goal if your not going to stick to it?
This year I have made several goals. Things I have wanted to do in the past, but just have not made that big first step. Goals such as…
- Learn to play the guitar
- Not give my energy to negative people
- Run a half marathon
- Have a steady yoga regimen
- Learn to snowboard
- Be more outwardly political
I’d say that is a good start. So what were your goals over this last year? Have you started putting any of them into place?
I wish you a healthy, safe, fun, fulfilling, and prosperous New Year!!
If you listen to NPR’s morning edition you may have stumbled across the interview with Yousef Yazdi, son of EbrahimYazdi. Check out the interview on the NPR website.
Ebrahim Yazdi, former Minister of Foreign Affairs in Iran, is a great leader for democracy in that country. He was arrested many times for his open opposition against the current Iranian Government.
For those of you who may not be aware, the Iranian people took to the streets Sunday, a Shi’ite Holy Day. You may have thought the protests, of what many believe to be the false election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, had died down. We were wrong, they were building up their momentum. Now they appear to be stronger than ever. Why are they not giving up?
Remember the year 2000 in the United States? Those of us on the left firmly believed and knew Gore beat Bush. Remember how you felt? Imagine if that happened again in 2004, and then again in 2008. That is a fraction of how I imagine the Iranian people feel. Living oppressed for as long as time allows them to remember. Believing they finally live in a democracy and then having it stripped away from them.
I give my full support to the people of Iran. Like President Obama in his speech yesterday, I believe they have a right to express themselves freely. I have great respect for all of you who stand up for what you believe is right, and just. Those who fight for democracy and equality. Keep it up. You will win. We will win.
Some say I am too optimistic. I agree with Ebrahim Yazdi, “You can’t be a political activist if you are a pessimist”.