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Show up. Dive in. Persevere.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Last night, President Obama eloquently expressed one of the wonderful things about being in a democracy (or at least as close to a democracy as we will achieve).

We are free to engage.

We are free to participate.

Yes, by all means, if something rankles you or angers you, or you think that you can do better – do something about it! Engage!

Volunteer!!!!!

I whistle that tune to anyone who will listen to me. Ask my kids.

So of all of the words that the President said last night, these words about civic engagement and the responsibilities of citizenship – well they rang the clearest for me. Thank-you, Mr. President.

It falls to each of us to be those anxious, jealous guardians of our democracy; to embrace the joyous task we’ve been given to continually try to improve this great nation of ours. Because for all our outward differences, we all share the same proud title: Citizen.

Ultimately, that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you. Not just when there’s an election, not just when your own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life. If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Persevere. Sometimes you’ll win. Sometimes you’ll lose. Presuming a reservoir of goodness in others can be a risk, and there will be times when the process disappoints you. But for those of us fortunate enough to have been a part of this work, to see it up close, let me tell you, it can energize and inspire.

President Barack Obama, Chicago, January 10, 2016

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Here there be dragons…

Sunday, March 13th, 2016

… are words that you can find on old sailor navigation maps that are meant to say: “Hey fools! Stay away from here! Like, don’t even THINK about it!”.

The American people would serve themselves well to heed these warnings. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC outlines a solid case that the escalating violence around the Trump supporters has been deliberate and planned. If true, our southern neighbours are headed full-steam toward those dragons… and they may not find it that easy to escape them.

Those are pretty dangerous beasts, those dragons. They have a nasty bite.

Be careful, my American friends…

Dragon

 

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That point when you know that something has gone too far…

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

You know, extreme fashion like bell bottoms and clothes made from meat, a practical joke that pushed the limits of good taste, Boy George…

That kind of too far.

Sooooo, America?

You have now and officially gone too far.

Stop the stupidity.

Now, please.

trump

 

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John McCain…

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

… and Republicans like him?

They are unquestionable, prime, grade A assholes.

Yup. These morons are even more partisan than the Harperites.

Democracy sucks, eh Tea Brains?

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I should feel sorry for them, right?

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Naaawwwww!

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What was really an earthquake not far from Ottawa…

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

… Was first mistaken by me to be the thundering feet of millions of Americans heading to Ottawa en masse in the event of a Romney win tonight. I suspected the border guards were overridden!

But no, it was just an earthquake.

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My prediction…

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

For what it’s worth…

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My nightmare scenario for Wednesday morning…

Monday, November 5th, 2012

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Obama

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Unscripted.
Cares.
Warm.
Praised by GOP Governor Christie.
Firm leadership.
Sincere.

Words written around this pic today.

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First time a hurricane has propelled a President back into office, I reckon.

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Yes, there are wackos on the left as well as the right, but…

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

… those on the right sure as hell seem to be coming out of the woodwork more often these days.

We in Canada have the pride of Saskatchewan, Conservative MP Maurice Vellacott who thinks that rewarding and praising women who are clearly part of the lunatic fringe and even more clearly, convicted criminal.

And meanwhile, in Illinois, batshit-crazy GOP Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock believes it is “God’s will” if a pregnancy results as a result of a rape!

Wow. That’s all I can say.

Wow.

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