I voted two weeks ago, just after the early voting period opened, in this western North Carolina county and am now eagerly awaiting the evening's returns.
There is a whole slate of local races which will be tight, this town being an island of blue in a sea of rural red. County commission candidates are fighting off a wave of zoning-fright and the scandal-plagued incumbent Republican sheriff has all his forces revved up and rabid to beat his opponent, an exceptionally well-qualified candidate and good friend.
If our congressional candidate beats the Repug incumbent, it would be a clear sign of a sea change in the country.
We are witnessing a significant and magnificent societal shift. The 'red wave' which washed over the country was driven by church-based communities. Of course they think it is perfectly proper to expect everyone to feel and believe exactly as they do and are quite comfortable with a commanding hierarchy. What we are seeing now is that tide moving back out to sea.
A new era has dawned in which the reach of each person goes far beyond their workplace or congregation. Now, like-minded people can easily meet, get together and exchange ideas in our personal cyber-agoras.
The same forces driving the Progressive Era are at work today. The workplace may have changed but the core issues of safety, health and fairness are very much at the fore of our concerns.
Frankly, that is just too too chaotic for the typical conservative mind.
Want a challenge, GOPer? Think of a society where reward is based not on aquisition but contribution.
I would love to see Joementum free to spend most of September and October stumping for Democratic senatorial candidates in closely contested races. Start with Jack Carter in Nevada then hit places like Montana, Missouri and Tennessee.
Public money (thank you, President Gore) went into making the Internet and some people found a way (good for them) to make a profit from the opportunity. The corporatists are now seeking to keep that goose from becoming public domain as I feel it rightly should be.
Personally, I think the 'communications companies' defaulted on any special considerations when they blocked the allotment of frequencies needed for emergency communications.