There is a new poet laureate out there in America tonight. She is the very first Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere. Billy Jones announces:
Ladies and gentlemen, bloggers and citizens of the world, please allow me to introduce you to Jilly Dybkla, Poet Laureate Of The Blogosphere, and writer of the Poetry Hut Blog Congratulations Jilly, I’ll bet folks over in your neck of the woods are smiling and cheering for you.
I would have loved to have attended the Personal Democracy Forum Conference taking place at CUNY tomorrow, and I think I could have contributed much to the conversation and gotten a lot out of it..... but I couldn't afford $295 plus the expense for traveling to New York.
I do look forward to mini-conferencing with my blogging friends in Greensboro, NC later this week. It's too bad the Chapel Hill blogging group meets the exact same night/same time. Sigh. If only I could be two places at the same time.
"There is no such thing as the United Nations..if the U.N. secretary building in New York lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference."
"It is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law even when it may seem in our short-term interest to do so because, over the long term, the goal of those who think that international law really means anything are those who want to constrict the United States."
"...most skilled diplomat...." "....I am honored...."
Does the GOP Value American Freedom and Democracy?
When the state becomes the church, we no longer live in a free country. The government becomes similar to the one that spurred the American Revolution.
Congress has the lowest public approval rating that it has seen in years. The far right pundits will lead you to believe it is the fault of "Democratic obstructionists", but the reality is that moderate, liberal, and progressive citizens are disgusted with the radical right holding the reins of leadership in Congress - pandering to the Religious Far Right.
John McCain denounced the Religious Far Right's influence today on ABC's This Week, yet he aligned himself closely with George W. Bush at last year's Republican Convention with fear-mongering rhetoric and an obvious ommission of any talk about domestic issues. I don't see Bush denouncing the GOP leadership that is coddling the religious extremists. So, isn't McCain a hypocrite or a pathetic dodger, at best? In his Convention speech, McCain said "We have to love our freedom not just for the material benefits it provides, not just for the autonomy it guarantees us, but for the goodness it makes possible." What goodness comes of enriching the richest and creating a Godzilla-deficit with which our poor children will be enslaved?
The state of the American faith-based conscience is sickened with worldly interests that are not 'good faith' approaches to Christian action. The secure harbor of the promise of increased wealth, which is guaranteed to the richest Americans by GOP policies, bars the way from their heresy to the Christian truth.
It is sad irony that the GOP should try to co-opt God and Christianity in their politics, while in reality, they perpetrate the roadblock to Christian truth. At the same time, they run against the U.S. Founding principles.
We cannot allow their lies and deceit to destroy our free and democratic country.
Watch the GOP in the next couple of weeks. They will not be able to blame the Democrats for any obstruction on the "nuclear option" issue because the Democrats aren't the ones who hold the power to make or break the filibuster rule. This, my friends, will be a fight for the soul of the GOP...by the GOP.
In the next couple of weeks, we'll see what value the GOP places on the American freedom and democracy which was purchased by the blood of our ancestors.