It's the kind of gloomy sunless day when, if you walk into a little Main Street Oregon boutique and the cheery proprietor comes up and says, "It's a beautiful day, huh?" leaving you and your spouse exchanging glances in between glancing outside where's it's lightly drizzling as you look at her and try to respond without laughing. If you're not from Oregon which I happen to be, you probably haven't a clue what I'm talking about. If you are, you know. (Please web foots, no nasty responses in the comments section, okay? I know what you endure and love and admire you for it.)
So now it's a post-nap late afternoon of a totally sunless Monday. It's the kind of day that probably inspired Fats Domino to write a song that made him millions of dollars. As I finally got back to the computer to finish my blog I decided to check others blogs to see if anyone had posted that great Jon Stewart video yet! "Oh my God!" From the small circle of blogs I regularly visit, I see several have all ready "scooped" me.
My spirits sink for the moment. So, okay, I'll just post it anyway as an afterthought, a kind of, "In case you haven't already seen Stewart's 'call to arms' somewhere else, you can still catch it here" (below). So there. There is my preamble (and amble and amble) to today's blog. What follows is just as originally written almost 12 hours ago before distractions, late breakfast, nap -- all under gloomy gray skies.
In Dada's never ending search to bring you the greatest lines of Hollywood's best (and worst) movies ever, I am pleased to upload the latest excellent excerpt in the tradition of "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room" line as spoken by U.S. President, Merkin Muffley in the movie Dr. Strangelove (1964).
Today, another "Great Lines" (No. 37): "Did you know in 1985 Gorbachev tried to eradicate vodka in Russia? People wouldn't have it though." (as spoken by a supermarket checkout clerk to Henry Poole from Henry Poole is Here, 2008)
******************So why was I impressed enough by the above line from Henry Poole is Here to post it? Well, apparently Russians take their vodka seriously enough to get really mad when it's threatened by their government. Fortunately for Americans, there is nothing so dear to us as vodka is to the Russians that would cause us to get all huffy, making our government shrivel and recoil.
According to Naomi Wolf, the daughter of San Francisco Flower Children and 60's protesters, that's because for Americans to take a stand for something they feel impassioned about (which isn't a whole lot as already noted) it's gotten more and more difficult over the past 30-40 years. For example, just to 'walk the walk' today you need a parade permit. You can no longer walk in the street, block traffic and, "God forbid!" hinder commerce without one.
Likewise, to 'talk the talk' using your right to free speech as your Constitution (formerly) guaranteed, you need to confine yourself to a pre-approved designated *free speech* zone, which most often is far removed and out of sight of the people for whom your message is intended. No longer can you "voice" your opinion within earshot or egg throwing range of your 'targeted audience.'
As protesters, your rights to meaningfully demonstrate, even peacefully, have been gutted. I suspect during Bush's pre-Iraq invasion build-up where millions who protested were ignored, nothing more than amusing chuckling points resulted for the elite powers that be.
But take heart Americans! There are signs that may all be changing. Real policy affecting protests may soon enjoy a revival if Jon Stewart, Rick Santelli and their supporters are any indication. And it won't be over the future of vodka by hordes of Russians. It may be over something the politics of the last 30years haven't succeeded in reigniting. Nay, the protests ahead may be over the result of harsh economics. Econmics now biting at the asses of all Americans.
"In case you haven't already seen Stewart's latest
rant somewhere else, you can still catch it here."