Monday, January 07, 2008
Democracy in Action
Saturday night I spent 2 hours at St. Anselm's standing amongst hundreds of candidate and issue supporters. Despite the relative warmth (40 degrees), which we had experienced during the daylight hours, it was still very cold once the sun set, but, we had hot chocolate and enthusiasm to keep us warm. I was delightfully pleased with the showing of young citizens. I stood near a 16-year-old who was there to protest federal budget imbalances (defense spending is more than everything else combined). It warmed my heart to see a girl who won't be able to vote for another two years, standing up for her beliefs!
You can't really see it in the photo above, but the global warming people had quite a showing including costumed representations of Santa, Frosty, and a Polar Bear. I envied the warm costumes! The youngish group had fun with their chants, too. When Huckabee supporters would yell, "We like Mike," there would be a counter yell, "We like ice!"
I'm proud to be part of the grassroots effort, and to be an active participant in democracy. This book in our collection explores the new role of grassroots efforts: Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots, and the Rise of People-powered Politics by Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas [324.7 ARM].
Think about getting involved. The best way to participate in democracy is to vote!
Posted by KURIOUS KITTY at 10:00 AM