So I went to the Howard Dean meetup tonight, and — well, let me put it this way: I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room with that many people I wasn’t related to whose politics were so similar to mine. :)
There were 16 or 18 of us — and that, for Alaska in the summertime, is a genuinely remarkable number. Everyone expressed the same frustrations with the state of the nation, with our terrifying so-called leader, with — well. You guys know the drill.
There was, of course, a lot of talk about Dean’s politics and our general hopes and the state of the art determination to do *something*, because we just cannot let Bush get back into the White House. Somebody said, “If he gets a second term,” and a full half of the people said, “I’m leaving the country.”
I’ve registered alaskansfordean.org, and I’m planning on putting an MT blog on it and encouraging people to use it as a repository for information that’s going on locally (state-wide) about the Dean campaign, and hopefully to start an online community around here. That ought to be up and running sometime next week.
So yah. I’m glad I went. I’ll be going to more of those.
One cool idea that came up: since 9/11, every time I’ve seen a flag blatantly pinned on somebody’s car, I’ve gone, “Mutter rassle right-wing bastard…” Well, somebody said, y’know, the right’s hijacked the flag and the left should hijack it back. Go ahead and put a flag on your car. Right next to a Howard Dean bumper sticker.
I really like that idea. A lot. I might actually *do* it, and three hours ago I’d have said you’d never get me to put a flag on my car. I think it’s a really great idea, though!
Marith has just suggested a fundraiser in which everybody is supposed to show up in denim — “Jeans for Dean!” I think that’s a really good idea, too!
Chanti and I went for a walk (in non-political news) this evening, and I’m glad. Like Jai, I should remember that I feel better after walking.
miles to Rivendell: 128.5