I Live in a Small Town
This morning I walked in the parade down mainstreet, holding signs for a couple of the local Democrats running for office. Then I put in a shift manning a booth at the county fair, a booth set up by a group trying to pass a size-cap ballot initiative in an effort to limit the big-box stores that are hoping to move into our pretty little valley. I feel like a regular liberal, getting caught up in all this "progressive " activism but believe me , I am not. That is,I have no illusions this type of organizing will affect the necessary change but I like to help these sincere people with their sincere efforts. I'll knock on doors and do lit drops and make the calls, and maybe even beat out some of these scary-ass reactionaries that have been running this place since the "Reagan revolution." The county fair has whole buildings full of rabbits and chickens and prize vegetables and such. Big rodeo.
The fun part is listening to the conversations around me, especially the ones coming from the booth next to me occupied by the local Libertarian Party rep. Talk about some confused people, the angry white males that stopped by to rant have absolutely no idea what they think is really wrong or what needs to be done about it but they all have personal anecdotes which serve as metaphores for their general unease and strong opinions on everything. They all had camoflauged caps on. They all listen religiously to Hannity ,OReily, Savage, and Limbaugh. One guy called me a communist. ( I was not wearing the red and black, I swear, I was just promoting regulation.)
Speaking of Montana politics, there is a four page article in the Missoula Independent on the effect Montana bloggers are having, primarily, around the Senate race between Burns and Tester. Burns is actually taking a lot of the fun out it through his penchant for self destruction. Today old Conrad gave a speech warning all them big city folks that their taxi driver could turn out to be a terrorist. My name wasn't mentioned as one of the influential bloggers. Shocker.