After a day of feeling overwhelmed by all the data coming at me and posting blog article after email after email after blog post and getting virtually nothing else done all day, I've come to one conclusion: the protest marches people have been calling for just may have begun.
Today, people moan-- 'Where is the passion? Why aren't we taking to the streets?'
It looks to me like we have plenty of passion and we ARE taking to the streets-- of the 21st century.
It may not FEEL as exhilarating as marching with hundreds of people by your side -- but it can be far more effective.
Back in the 1970's we marched in the streets and held rallies because those were the only methods available to get our messages out there: get a rally going, alert the media, hope they show up, pass out leaflets, chant, scream, stomp, sing, shout.
Today, we can reach more people from behind our keyboards than we could have dreamed of reaching 40 years ago.
Protests don't HAVE to consist of kids marching in the streets yelling, 'Hell no, we won't go!' or 'Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?'
People like me -- almost 60 years old -- can be as involved as any 20 year old even though I probably couldn't keep up in a march and certainly couldn't run away from the cops like I did back then. I'd be mowed down.
People of both sides are saying the Senate all-nighter was a stunt. Maybe it was. But it was in response to something. Congress hears us and is beginning to stir into action.
I think the marches have begun.
You know --I think just maybe-- I'm beginning to feel a little optimistic about getting something done here, after all.
What do you think?
Just wondering along. . . .