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June 18, 2008


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We decided, in advance, how far we could go, and when confronted with the reality that the road stretched out for miles beyond that point, we closed our eyes to it and said, "This I know, we stop here." We made our fears into roadblocks and our worries into walls, and we closed ourselves in and we sat very still so nobody would hear us inside. We looked around, and all we saw was a prison. And we wondered how we got there, as if the marks of our trade weren't evident in every brick.

Yep. And there are people in our lives who are very happy to articulate our fears back to us. Here are a few that I get from friends and family.

"Quit! They are vicious and they will crush you like a bug! They have smarter people on their team. Stay small. Don't you care about what they will do to you and your family? Look at what they have done to others! Ignore them. Who are you to challenge them? They have the money, the power and the status. They are serious professional adults, you are a kid, stop trying to play in their league. They will destroy you financially, emotionally and physically."

How do you defend against that? And Brooks says, you don't. You attack it.

And one thing that they have in Miracle is, a team, other people who say, "Do this, we will be there with you. We have your back."

When people helped me I thanked them with two phrases. "This is important. This counts."
Because it is and it does.

What perfect timing. I'm going to use this post in my Leadership class tonight. We're talking about Articulating a Vision. It's a great example.

One irony, of course, being that Obama probably STILL doesn't regret refusing to have his picture taken with Newsom back in 2004. Smell the Leadership, baby.

This message applies not just to gay marriage, but to universal health care, to becoming a fascist, war mongering nation, to the movement of American wealth into the pockets of only a very few Americans, to the Military Industrial complex, to torture, etc. In every case Democrats need to stand up, articulate our positions, which are the right positions, after all, and attack anyone who questions those positions. Obama seems to be shifting gears towards that attitude, but he still has a long ways to go.

No Democrat should ever fudge his position on torture - it is wrong to torture, something our country must never do under any circumstance. And, any backing down from that is not leadership.

Similar strong positions must be taken on all such issues.....we will get single payer universal health care in America if it is the last thing we ever do. We will never again attack a sovereign nation unless we are under immediate, unquestioned threat of an attack by that nation. As president, I will never, ever violate any word of the US Constitution under any circumstance. Etc.

As a wise teeshirt I saw once read: Hockey is Life...the rest is just details.

And we are in definite need of a "Miracle" to bring this country back from the perilous brink it has been brought to...


What ever happened to the incontinence products supplier manufacturer that used to blog here, you know - tena?


polls are evil. dr. who showed me that. WHO CARES WHAT PEOPLE THINK. PEOPLE ARE IDIOTS.

Is that why obama ran from debating Hillary? Ballless Barry?

This message applies not just to gay marriage,

And yet, that's what's strongly implied in the photo, specifically stated in the linked article, and all over the news yesterday.

And it's an area where Obama is appalling. I noticed his name was nowhere to be found there. I like the implication, though. For some things which are beneath the Obama to make happen, get yourself busy.

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