Note from the essayist: Please forgive me if I’ve deviated too much from protocol, but I’m posting only the lead-in of this essay/diary here. The complete diary is at dkos. Buhdy, I’m not yet up to speed with your dazzling blog creation skills, though I’m getting better. ; – ) Doing a complete cross-post is beyond me today, and I apologize for any inconvenience.
Bottom line: this diary at dkos is how I go about Standing. The. F. Up. and Yelling Louder!!!
Thanks, good people!
Yep, it’s true. Sen. Dick Durbin has an office in Springfield, Illinois, right in the Lincoln Home National Historic Site. It’s a beautiful, peaceful little park, with historic Lincoln-era homes. Durbin’s office is in the George W. Shutt House, and Mr. Shutt was a neighbor of the Lincolns. The house is owned by the National Park Service, and Sen. Durbin has rented office space here since he was a member of the House of Representatives.
I’m blogging away, right now, on the far right side of the porch.
And, it’s no secret he has an office here. Take a look at his Senate home page. At the bottom of the page, you’ll see the address: 525 South 8th St, Springfield IL 62703.
Well, here’s one reason which is totally enough, all by itself —– because I can.
I CAN, because this is a public place.
I CAN, because of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and freedom of peaceable assembly – actual and virtual. I call it live on-site citizen journalism. As soon as I arrived, I informed the office that I’m here, and what I’m doing…..no secret to it.
Sen. Durbin wants our troops to be in Afghanistan, and I’m questioning the premises for this deployment.
[the rest of this essay is at dkos]