'Tis the Season
Wishing a Happy Holiday season to my ePluribus Media family & friends. I hope each and every one of you have a stellar Christmas and that 2012 is the best year yet! Put Kenny G's Holiday album on (nothing better than good sax), pour a glass of wine and let's toast the end of 2011.
In retrospect, this year has pretty much been "bah-humbug", in other words, it sucked and I will be glad when it is over. For me, the most entertaining part of 2011 was the Republican field of contentders for the nomination -- some of them make Baby Bush look like a scholar. I admit, I got some good chuckles from Rick Perry, Michelle Bachman, Queen Palin, etc., but, entertainment aside, it is pretty damn scary to think that somebody like one of these chuckle-heads could be president. Yikes!!
The direction our country is headed makes me fear for my grandbabies. What will be left for them, other than a huge national debt and a job market that is more and more resembling servitude? Is it even possible, in our current political climate, to elect a true grassroots candidate. True progressives never make the "primary" cut.
Which brings me to Rocky Anderson and the Justice Party. I have been "out of circulation" for the past few months, but managed to catch the transcript of his interview with Amy Goodman.
After reading the interview, my fingers were quickly Googleing "Rocky Anderson" and what I found was very interesting. (Can I leave this paragraph with only one sentence? I would hate to break any editorial rules. Whew - the aside fixed that little worry. Insert smiley.)
Rocky Anderson (formerly a Democrat) is a progressive and the former Mayor of Salt Lake City (2000-2008). Here is a quote from Wikipedia:
As Mayor, Anderson rose to nationwide prominence as a champion of several national and international causes, including climate protection, immigration reform, restorative criminal justice, GLBT rights, and an end to the "war on drugs". Before and after the invasion by the U.S. of Iraq in 2003, Anderson was a leading opponent of the invasion and occupation of Iraq and related human rights abuses. Anderson was the only mayor of a major U.S. city who advocated for the impeachment of President George W. Bush, which he did in many venues throughout the United States.
If you want to learn more about Rocky, here are some linkys:
- Justice Party Website
- Wiki article on Rocky Anderson or ThinkRocky (Kinda weird how they have these domain redirects to a wiki page)
- From the Guardian: "US history is littered with failed third parties, but the progressive populism of Salt Lake City's ex-mayor might just break the mould".
What do you think of Rocky Anderson? The Justice Party? Will they be able to garner support from the Occupy movement? The Tea Party?
Could we perhaps get 2-3 volunteers to help me put together a dossier on Rocky and the newly formed Justice Party?
Drop a comment or email me .
Happy Christmas to all ... and to all a good night.