The Winner of our First Annual Public Punditry Contest
built a wall with the names, ages, hometowns and dates of death of US soldiers killed so far in Iraq. He sets it up using springclamps and easels at various civic gatherings and functions around Bellingham. Hell of a lot of work, and only going to get harder.
Thousands of us have had this idea of course, but this guy went ahead and did it. Crucial difference, that.
He also does a fair bit of freewayblogging, primarily using stencils and freehand.
His modus operandi is the tried and true "ladder-at-night" technique, putting his blogs fourteen feet off the ground which generally assures their longevity.
In his words:
Have you ever had a dream where you couldn't move fast enough, or couldn’t wake-up? Reasons for what I do are similar. I'm awake and it seems most of America is sleeping. I've been trying to wake as many as I can while the media keeps whispering the same lullabye that everything is fine.
It's not fine for the 3500 moms left with nothing but a flag and the memories of their sons and daughters.
It's not fine for the tens of thousands that have completed their contract of service to the US government only to find their government breaking laws they thought they were fighting to uphold, and through Stop Loss, keeping them fighting in a war based entirely on lies.
It's not fine for our children and grandchildren who’ll be required to repay the 9 trillion dollar debt the criminals in the White House have shared with their wealthy friends. (Increasing by $1.32 billion per day with each citizen’s share at nearly $30,000)
It certainly is not fine for the detainees locked up without any due process.
The list of tragic choices this administration has directed us towards is utterly unbelievable! The direction of environmental leadership, education, energy, and the war is completely catastrophic.... but the most alarming direction is that of the American Citizen! Blinded to what is happening or just plain blinded by self interest in their own greed; as long as the “Stock Market” is up (my 401K is strong and growing), my healthcare is ok, my son/daughter is not in Iraq, my meals are plentiful and affordable, gasoline is cheap enough I can still drive to work, and I can watch American Idol… then I don’t give a crap what happens.
I was quoted a while back on the front page of our local paper, “I am screaming but no one is listening.” During the Viet Nam war there was a family that stood in front of our local Federal Building every Friday protesting the war. With the conclusion of that war they continued to come to the same corner week after week. I might see them one or two times a year but I knew they were there. I counted on them to be my voice against war and other wrongs I knew my government was involved in. I was too busy with my business/family to go stand with them.
Four years ago, as I was going insane with the business of this government, I could stand it no longer. I then remembered that lone voice on a corner and decided, with much fear, to join them. That first Friday there were 40 others already there to welcome me: I’d found my community!
I want my neighbors to know they are not alone. We are a community of voices growing in numbers every day. My scream will be heard! I have a voice.
One of my businesses is buttonmaking. Two of my favorites are quotes:
“Speak your mind even if your voice shakes” -Maggie Kuhn