Billy the Blogging Poet wonders, if we live in a democracy, why can't we elect a Poet Laureate? Well, thanks to Billy, now we can. Go to the link and find the World's First Blogging Poet Laureate nominees!
The nominations thus-far, for the World’s First, Blogging Poet Laureate are listed below:
- Mr. Sun of Mr. Sun - Billly's only question is how will we ever get a photograph of him wearing the Laureate's Crown?
As others find out about the election, Billy says he's sure the list will continue to grow so please check back often so you can make up your mind by the time voting begins on April 30th. Bloggers, if you want to link to this contest then please link here.
There are times we have to take a step back and look at ourselves in a different light..through someone else's eyes. We are not being untrue to ourselves by taking such action, for it is in the hope of examining ourselves for the goal of improvement. We must see our democracy in the same light, for we are the people who are represented in the halls of Congress. Taking a step outside our geographic isolation to listen to the views of well-educated people who have spent a good part of their lives in other lands is one of the best ways to improve the health of democracy and the protection of our own natural freedom.
Bora aka Coturnix has compared Bush to Milosevic in the past, but he now says he thinks Bush may be more dangerous than Milosevic because of a growing atmosphere of anti-intellectualism and miseducation in the U.S. He comments that he saw a quick slide into fascism and civil war in his native country (once Yugoslavia), where he says, "if you go to a dim smoky bar and sit next to a local drunk, he is likely to have a book with him." He thinks it can happen even more quickly here because "the Right is unified in many ways: politically, financially and emotionally." His post is well worth the time to read. See my own post on the "F-Word".
Another post I recommend by Coturnix is a question about what we should call Republicans, if we wish to accurately frame their political goals for America. His answer is to call them 'regressives', which he admits may "invoke the idea of developmental regression (i.e., something like a potty-trained child pooping in his pants again), or even retardation." (Great wording, Bora).
If the orthopedic shoe fits, why allow them wear it while telling you it's a priceless crystal slipper?