It's Important to Rescue the Frog
by Jerome Armstrong, Fri Apr 21, 2006 at 06:30:33 AM EDT
The CA coast portion of the CTG tour is on now. Today we'll be in LA for events, and them moving up the coast to Santa Barbara on Saturday, Pacific Grove & Santa Cruz (in some local bar) on Sunday, and Menlo Park on Monday, check Crashing The Gate for details.
Last night, a bash at Norman and Lyn Lear's house, with help from Ariana Huffington, and my main selling point was to let the people there (many of them influential funders) know that if they want to see a change in the way Democratic campaigns are waged, they've got to start demanding it from the candidates, especially in dealing with the gawd-awful commission racket. Otherwise, the Gravy Train is going to keep on continuing, because in large part, harkening to the Ghandi quote, the business as usual consultants are just ignoring us, and hoping the call for change goes away. Also, I got the chance to meet with Ned Lamont, whom needs no intro around here, but his commitment to rekindling the Democratic cause in Connecticut was great to see firsthand.
The later part of the evening included a viewing of Al Gore's new movie, An Inconvenient Truth. At some point soon, this nation has got to awaken to the awful truth that we are changing the planet radically. There's a stellar point in the film when Al Gore talks about decisions reaching the point of having real life consequences, and we are clearly at that point.
The other point that struck me about the film, was Al Gore saying that after the election was unconstitutionally given to Bush by the Supreme Court, that Gore reflected on 'what to do', and he then "turned back to the slide show" about the environmental situation we face. It just made me think, why wasn't this matter pushed forward more during the Clinton years Al? And it's probably precisely because it was the "Clinton years".
I am not a determinist, and have real hope that we can find it within ourselves to take the sort of transformative vision that Mark Warner blogged about the other day on DailyKos, defeat the blindful conservative agenda, and put the enviro-minded changes needed into practice. If it takes 20 feet of rising sea levels to awake this nation to the consequences of not participating in politics to make the change happen, then Democrats, not just Republicans, will have failed.