In a big country

(Not a complete post, but what the hey, it’s been sitting as a draft for a long while.  Also, gives me a chance to tell everyone reading that the latest episode of my podcast contains an interview with a Presidential candidate, Mike Gravel.  Go have a look!)

George Carlin had a great routine (among many) where he described being a class clown.  The whole idea of the exercise was – he shifted into a grandly projected voice at this point – “ATTRACTING ATTENTION TO YOURSELF!  Yes, that’s the name of this game: ‘dig me!'”

This of course was also the whole point of the recent spectacle that my sister discussed on her blog.  Briefly, everybody used the event of the Olympic torch relay going through San Francisco to protest any number of causes, from those directly related to China’s hosting of the Games to those having nothing whatsoever to do with it – such as a bunch of nudists calling attention to the fact that many Olympic events used to be performed in the nude and they want to, well, bring that back.  (Given, as an example, women’s beach volleyball and sumo wrestling as two events, this could be considered a double-edged sword if there ever was one.)

The problem is that we are in a country of 300 million people.  Even if we didn’t have the problem of a massive concentration of wealth and power, getting heard would be extremely difficult; with it, it’s damned well impossible.  The Green Party is a perfect example: not counting how many usually vote with us, which is often from two to ten times as many as we have registered in a particular district, we are in fact the largest Green Party in the world in terms of membership – there are about half a million registered Greens.  However, in the grand scheme of things, according to the elite, that’s chump change.

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3 Responses

  1. I’m about to listen to a bit of the podcast, but I’m nervous about my blood pressure level… hopefully, it’ll be ok, but if I drop dead, you have only yourself to blame…

  2. Still listening to the podcast, but wanted to make one comment already:

    The whole loyalty oath thing in some states? That actually started back in ’64 when the Mississippi “Democrats” were trying to keep the Freedom Dems from being seated at the convention even though they had already indicated that they (the regular MS Dems) were ultimately going to support Goldwater. The liberals in the Party wanted to make sure that the party couldn’t be hijacked by people in direct opposition to their values. Maybe it’s archaic now, but that’s the origin, and it’s not quite as malicious as you make it sound.

  3. “to those having nothing whatsoever to do with it – such as a bunch of nudists calling attention to the fact that many Olympic events used to be performed in the nude and they want to, well, bring that back”

    and honestly that has MORE to do with the torch relay than any of the other crap being protested

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