The Road We Must Travel

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Many of us spend hours each and every day on progressive blogs.   I know I do.   It’s important, we keep each other informed about the latest events in the world and developments in politics.  We debate the issues, we take action together by contacting our senators and congressmen, we contribute money to deserving progressive candidates through ActBlue and help other Americans in need by donating what we can as often as we can.

Our blogs have been vital sources of mutual support and friendship.  For years, on progressive websites large and small, we’ve helped each other make it through another day, and then another week, and then another month, and then another year as we’ve endured the abuses of this obscene travesty of a government.      

We’ve supported each other all the way through this, and we’re gaining political influence at the state and national levels.  But we have to build upon what we’re accomplishing on our blogs by defending democracy where it needs defending the most, in the corrupt corporate media.  We have to be the truth tellers in the pages of America’s newspapers.  We have to publicly condemn the bought and paid for politicians in both parties who claim to be defenders of America, but defend nothing but their sordid careers as they betray us time and time again.      

I managed to quit blogging long enough to write an LTE, and successfully e-mailed it to the Fargo Forum, so readers of my state’s largest newspaper have just seen the public condemnation of a treacherous politician who isn’t even fit to be an American citizen, much less fit to be representing 400,000 of them:  

Conrad’s Telecom Vote is a Betrayal

Published Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., betrayed us all on Feb. 12.  He betrayed you, he betrayed me, he betrayed every American soldier who ever fought and died to defend our freedom and liberty.  Conrad no longer believes in the Constitution and the rule of law.  He told us so.  He told us that when he tossed the Constitution and the rule of law into the nearest Dumpster, put on his politician suit and tie, combed his politician hair, and walked into what used to be the Senate of the United States to help criminal telecom companies and a criminal president destroy American democracy.

For years, big telecom companies conspired with George W. Bush and the National Security Agency to engage in massive, pervasive, illegal spying on Americans in violation of the Constitution.  That’s just fine with Conrad.  He told us so on Feb. 12. These powerful telecom companies believe they are above the law.  Conrad agrees.  He told us so on Feb. 12.  They don’t want spied on, lied to, abused, betrayed and victimized American citizens to be able to defend their Fourth Amendment rights in court.  That’s just fine with Conrad.  He couldn’t care less about the Constitution, the rule of law or our civil liberties.  He told us so on Feb. 12.

Terrorists can never destroy America, but they don’t have to.  They can just sit back and watch Conrad, Bush and the most corrupt pack of Beltway politicians ever to cash congressional paychecks destroy America for them.

If you still believe in the Constitution and the rule of law, call Conrad and ask him why he doesn’t.  His number is (202) 224-2043.


Have you written a letter-to-the-editor lately?

Most Americans don’t read blogs, but millions of them regularly read what other Americans are saying in the Op-Ed pages of their newspapers.  Thousands of people in North Dakota and Minnesota read that letter, Conrad the Treason Enabler and his treason enabling staff read it, and I advise them to brace themselves for another one, and then another one, because I have plenty more to say about hypocrites who betray America for a living and call it public service.

Why aren’t we all doing this?  Several million of us regularly read, comment, or post content on progressive blogs. We’ve spent hundreds of thousands of hours informing each other that America is being destroyed by a pack of criminals.  Meanwhile, as we keep ourselves fully informed about the latest destruction, that pack of criminals keeps right on destroying America.  

So . . . perhaps it’s time for Mr. Zuniga and Ms. Huffington and other leading proprietors of Progressive Blogdom to quit admiring their traffic stats, take some initiative, and organize a nationwide LTE Campaign so the 250 million Americans who don’t read blogs can open their newspapers and finally see what the truth looks like.  If the Illustrious Ones among us organize this, if every progressive who spends hours on blogs every day sets aside just an hour or two once a month for writing an Op-Ed letter, and speaks out in defense of American democracy in their newspapers, millions of us would be heard by tens of millions of Americans from now until Election Day.

Restoring American democracy is up to us, America’s future is in our hands:

So what are we waiting for?  

We are the leaders we’ve been waiting for isn’t just a slogan, it’s a fundamental truth we need to recognize and act upon.  Every one of us.  Every day.  So every American will realize that We the People isn’t just a slogan, it’s the ultimate truth of democracy and a moral imperative we all need to recognize and act upon.            

2008 can be the year we finally understand what the Hopi Elders understood, even though they had no laptops, no blogs, and no DHinMI to learn from and admire.  This year, if we heed their wisdom, we will understand what needs to be done, we will know who needs to do it, we will become the leaders we’ve been waiting for, and together, we will provide the leadership America so desperately needs:  

You have been telling the people that this is the Eleventh Hour.

Now you must go back and tell the people that this is The Hour.  Create your community.  Be good to each other.  And do not look outside yourself for the leader.

There is a river flowing now very fast.  It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore.  They will feel they are being torn apart, and they will suffer greatly.

Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.  See who is in there with you and celebrate.

At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally.  Least of all, ourselves.  For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey comes to a halt.

The time of the lone wolf is over.  Gather yourselves!

Banish the word struggle from your attitude and your vocabulary.

All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

Our government has been hijacked, our country has been stolen from us, our rights have been taken away, so we must gather ourselves.  We must reclaim what is ours.  America doesn’t belong to the deceivers and criminals who have shamed us all with their treachery, it belongs to us, it belongs to you and me, it belongs to our children.

The Hour has come to take back our rights, our government, and our country:    



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    • Rusty1776 on February 22, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Taking action IS leadership, so take action, be the leader you’ve been waiting for.

    • pfiore8 on February 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    strikes chords in us

    as OPOL said yesterday, inspiration matters

    inspiration is not only compatible with our fears, but perhaps born in reaction to them… driving us to act despite them

    huzzah, Rusty

            one of my favorite pieces of music…

    • Alma on February 22, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    I haven’t sent in anything to the papers in awhile.  I did send in a few in the past few months, but they weren’t published as far as I know.  I had to write them myself as my LTE writer hasn’t sent me anything lately. LOL

    • OPOL on February 22, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    and your LTE rocks.  Way to go dude!

    • KrisC on February 22, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    What you say is so true.  And like Alma, it’s been a while since I’ve written a letter to my local papers.  There was a wonderful letter to the editor of “The Cape Codder”, which is a local weekly paper and I thought at the time that I read it….”I need to do this too!”


    The results on Cape Cod of a U.S attack on Iran could be $6 to $10 a gallon gasoline and fuel oil, fuel shortages, escalating food prices and maybe food shortages. Also, Daniel Ellsberg (who disclosed the Pentagon Papers), sees as a possibility the threat of Iranian terrorism in the U.S. bringing martial law and the cancellation of the November election.

    We can wait and see or we can call Rep. Bill Delahunt through the Congressional switchboard (800-828-0498 or 800-340-9281) or locally (800-870-2626) and ask him to support Judiciary Committee hearings on whether Vice President Dick Cheney should be impeached. Such hearings might help head off the above scenarios.

    John N.

    East Orleans

    Thanks for the nudge, and your LTE is excellent.  

    • Edger on February 22, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    435 Reps in the House. There are 100 Senators. There are Bush, Cheney, Pelosi, Reid, Mukasey, Rice, Hillary, Barack, McCain, and there are a few Conrads…

    …riding on the backs of THREE HUNDRED MILLION Americans.

    What’s the holdup?

    Shrug,  already!

  1. How you manage to be so inspiring, so consistently is a mystery — but thank you for doing it!! LTE — quick and easy, and you’re right, people do read them. Great, great idea!!  

    • plf515 on February 22, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    but my local paper is the NY Times, and they are a hard nut to crack

  2. little or nothing. So, this is a really important message and I hope that it will be read by many.

    Thanks for speaking out on this need for action via LTE’s.  Your LTE re Conrad was dynamic, leaving no room for argument.

    I really like the video, the music and OUR buildings, etc.

    I’ve been thinking of an LTE to come up with the past week and you just gave me ‘nuther nudge!  Thanks!  😉

  3. tried for real. Before coming on line I used to get all riled up and write them in my sketch books , but never sent them as I’m not a writer and am a hot head to boot. I was worse then they usually went in a longer version:  Dear sirs, fuck you, you lying war mongering assholes! not likely to get printed nor very helpful. Perhaps I should give it a shot after two+ years on the blogs I can even type and sort of spell/ punctuate. Thank you Rusty for spreading the news. It’s always seemed to me to really work we need to get the truth out in every venue possible.    

  4. time available to write LTE’s like I did before, but my new job allows me to meet many people on an individual basis. And it’s usually for a few hours at a time.

    I have a pretty good road show. DuPont and the economy have supplied me with all the ammunition I need.

    You are right Rusty. It is important to reach Although it is not a new idea, it is one who’s time has come again. We probably should have started it months ago when it became obvious that the DEMS were complicit with the war criminals and I could kick myself for not suggesting it earlier. But it is better late then never.

    Perhaps there is enough time to make the last few months of this miserable congress intolerable for those representatives we write about.

  5. I am working on a story – but not to the local editor of the LA Times – won’t go into details here but a recent experience I had had unearthed a mind blowing amount of information about how truely broken Medicare is and I intend to go as wide as possible. Thanks for making me get back to work!

  6. I saw this in a field today & had to stop for a little time. It`s my little letter.

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  7. Your last blockquote — “You have been telling the people…” …the contents of this quote are so fabulous, so right on,  YES  YES  YES!!!


    Yes, we should all write Letters to the Editors of our papers.  I do this regularly to the SF Chronicle and will continue.  Whatever way we can reach out, extend our sphere, we need to try.  

    Thanks Rusty, for this inspiring and Poetical writing!  

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