Sep 23 2007
It’s simple really. Radical problems require radical solutions.
1. of or going to the root or origin; fundamental: a radical difference.
2. thoroughgoing or extreme, esp. as regards change from accepted or traditional forms: a radical change in the policy of a company.
3. favoring drastic political, economic, or social reforms: radical ideas; radical and anarchistic ideologues.
The other night I was telling my 84-year-old father (21 years career Army) about the march in Washington. I told him that we are going to have to rise up against our
government oppressors if we have any hope at all of taking our government back.
“As long as you do it with the ballot box,” he said. Of course he’s been taught this all his life…and so have I. Be patient. Work within the system.
Sep 19 2007
I’m crossposting this from dailykos, but stay tuned. I’ll post a Docudharma exclusive very soon.
Having decided at the last minute to fly rather than drive to D.C., my son and I were separated by virtue of our seat assignments. I asked the young man sitting next to me if he was going home and he said yes, but only for a brief visit. He asked why I was going to Washington and I told him to march against the war. “That’s interesting,” he replied, “I’m headed for Iraq.” Turns out he works for an NGO and had been to Iraq twice before. He had recently graduated from American University with a degree in International Relations with a specialty in the Middle East. We had a fascinating conversation for the duration of the flight. I encouraged him to write about his experiences and invited him to consider blogging at dailykos. Hopefully he will.
Sep 13 2007
I recently came across another of those simple-minded rightwing references to the outraged left offered as an epithet by those of limited cranial capacity. Ignored is the larger context, that we may actually have good reasons for being a wee bit peeved, that our anger may in fact not be irrational but rather completely and indisputably justified.
Sep 12 2007
Thank you Joan Baez!
This diary is to express my admiration for Joan Baez, to thank her for all she has done, and to draw inspiration from her for the struggles that lie ahead. Joan’s singing can fill me with the sublimest emotion and her voice and spirit have shepherded me through trial and tribulation over a lifetime punctuated by tragedy – as all of ours are. Her voice washes through my troubled soul like a river of grace and mercy. And one can’t help but admire and be moved by her personal courage and commitment to humanitarian and progressive causes. She has not only fought, but has led us through many righteous battles. She is a warrior for humanity, possessing the voice of an angel and the heart of a lion.
Sep 10 2007
Many of you have met my son Daniel. He is my only child and means everything to me. He and I along with a few hundred thousand of our best friends are marching on Washington D.C. this coming Saturday, September 15th, 2007. We are going to demand an end to the madness in Iraq, and justice and accountability for the criminal scum in the White House. The war may not end and there may never be any justice – but no one will ever be able to say that we didn’t demand it – and no one will ever be able to say that we didn’t put ourselves on the line to make it happen.
Sep 08 2007
I have recently had more than one occasion to quote from the inimitable Hunter S. Thompson, a favorite writer from back in the day who is recently deceased from a lethal overdose of harsh reality.
I was just a sprout when I read Hell’s Angels, Thompson’s first major commercial success. I found the writing extremely entertaining, the author’s skill with language uncanny. I had no idea that he was just getting warmed up for what would become a phenomenal gale of journalistic and literary hyper-excellence the likes of which the world had never seen. By the sheer power of his writing he lifted himself into a whole new category in which he remains the sole member. We’ll not likely see another like him.
Aug 27 2007
Glad to see things are cooking here at Docudharma! I apologize that I have been AWOL and probably will be for another few days. My mother passed away Friday night. The funeral is on Wednesday. I’m doing fine, all things considered and will be back before you know it. I’ll look forward to hooking back up with you then.
In the mean time, here are some thoughts from one of my heroes.