We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Pope and Hillary Rodham Clinton are on the same stage in front
of a huge crowd.
The senator and His Holiness, however, have seen it all before. To
make it a little more interesting, the senator says to the Pope,
'Did you know that with just one little wave of my hand I can make
every Democrat in the crowd go wild?'
He doubts it, so she shows him. Sure enough, the wave elicits
rapture and cheering from every Democrat in the crowd. Gradually,
the cheering subsides.
The Pope, not wanting to be out done by such a level of arrogance,
considers what he could do.
'That was impressive, the Pope says, 'But did you know that with
just one little wave of MY hand I can make EVERY person in the
crowd go crazy with joy? This joy will not be a momentary display
like that of your subjects, but will go deep into their hearts, and
they will forever speak of this day and rejoice.'
The senator seriously doubts this, and says so. 'One little wave of
your hand and all people will rejoice forever? Show me.'
Several years ago, I attended a conference about how to bring peace to the middle east. A wonderful scholar from Israel stood up to speak, and during the course of his presentation, this strong man said with a tear in his eye:'You have almost lost your democracy--when that is gone you have lost your freedom--the sweetest gift of all."
I remember the terrible, and genuine sadness in his eyes and on his face.
First: we must demand a one human/one vote/go to the polls in person and vote system. We MUST take back our vote!