What Happened To Dennis Kucinich?
I remember attending the Accent sponsored Dennis Kucinich presetation at the O'Dome like it was yesterday. I found myself agreeing with almost every word this man had to say and I was so ecstatic that my lofty bureaucratic status allowed me VIP seating and a chance to meet a US Presidential candidate -- to be honest I kind of wanted to jump in front of a train, "why should SG get special seating? Why did I have 100x better seating than the average student and why did Jamal and Jenn have seats front stage, while I was in row 3?" Any way you cut it, bureaucracy SUCKS!
But then again I was the only photo op of the day, as the good Congressman and obliged to a photo op. Nonetheless, all deja vu aside, I was disturbed to see Kucinich apolgozing for the Democrats' boycott of the Fox Presidential Debates and his gum-work, trying to sell himself to neo-cons. Kucinich was the Mike Gravel of 2004 and has become the seasoned progressive in moderate's attire. By 2012 Kucinich may be in Biden's shoes and if he doesn't get any uglier, by 2016 he may be in a top tier stance. I predict one day, Dennis Kucinich will get the DNC nomination -- mark my words. Sadly, I think our dear friend Dennis is a sell-out.
Planning Periods RocK!
Time to think out loud. I love this new setting. As I move away from SG I can talk about so many other things, for instance, I'm raking my brains thinking who my next guest will be. There's a few SG heavyweights that have made it known they want to be interviewed, others want to see a Ken Kerns Q&A (and I agree it needs to happen, especially since 2/3's of the 2001 Voice leadership has already participated), but then there's local and county government -- someone needs to cover this fiasco. And a fiasco it is!
Why is that government's only seem to include the people during states of revolution or cataclysmic disarray? Why is it that right now, citizens can't get so much as an email from Sheriff Sadie Darnell or get even a generic-generated response from the Gainesville City Commission -- and this when the Mayor knows you on a first name basis!
Did you guys know that I applied for three citizen-at-large positions within the Alachua County government. How many call backs have I received? Zero. Upon emailing the County Commission in reference to whom/who/we Sadie Darnell was held accountable to, only Lee Pinkoson replied, none of the other elected officials even bothered to reply. Upon calling the County government headquarters I was treated INCREDIBLY and the staff personnel seemed to really want to help. Why is it that we often elect bureaucratic slugs that do nothing but populate their resumes with useless titles and squander away tax money on frivolous projects that either never see the light of day or wind up being of no significant value to the community. Why don't we start electing secretaries, custodians, cashiers, pizza delivery people, why don't we start electing the personnel and give it a rest with these Haile Plantation snobs and polic-sci-yuppies and elect some no nonsense blue collar workers?
I've thought about going to these commission meetings and publicly shaming these assholes, but what good is that going to do? They'll just have me removed or arrested and I for one am not at the point of becoming a Charles Grapski ringer, though at time the thought is tempting. It's really sad just little the citizens count for. I mean you always hear about people saying get involved in local politics, that's where it's at, but believe you me, that's also where you have to get past the most bullshit.
In nat'l politics, sure you can get involved, I mean there's millions of people "invovled" to one extent or another, but in the local game, everyone knows everyone and while some people want to help to actually make a difference, most people are in the game for a contract, a subsidy, a favorable marking from the appraiser, favors in code enforcement, a blind eye to a home addition, etc, etc, etc. Anyway, I've hardly given up and will let my readers know what happens. But as you read this, whether you like me or not -- you're my reader, so deal with it! LOL
Well it's time to learn about the American Revolution and why we fought it. Let me put my best serious face on and talk about how the founding fathers would be happy to see their constitution and their democratic republic intact some 200+ years later...