". . . But the past does not exist independently from the present. Indeed, the past is only past because there is a present, just as I can point to something over there only because I am here. But nothing is inherently over there or here. In that sense, the past has no content. The past -- or more accurately, pastness -- is a position. Thus, in no way can we identify the past as past." p. 15

". . . But we may want to keep in mind that deeds and words are not as distinguishable as often we presume. History does not belong only to its narrators, professional or amateur. While some of us debate what history is or was, others take it into their own hands." p. 153

Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (1995) by Michel-Rolph Trouillot

Thursday, January 31, 2008

The Last Angry Man

'They' took him out, just as 'they' threatened / promised. (See my post of January 8, 2008, "The Chamber of Commerce Talks Like the Wise Guys here.)

The last, the only, angry candidate, angry on behalf of the little guy (to quote my farmer dad, a Dem and Populist in a state that appreciated neither), Edwards went out a class act.

Just as he made his announcement to run for the dem party's nomination for POTUS in New Orleans, he and Elizabeth made the announcement that they had to drop out in Music Village, in the Lower 9th, in New Orleans. On his way to the press conference, he stopped to talk to the people living in a homeless camp under a bridge.

We've been blinded by the smoke&mirrors, faux Prez Campaign '08 since 2006. By the time I get to vote in a primary the guys I would vote for happily are gone -- the election's in November, and it's still January. My first choice would have been Dodd, who supported an intelligent approach to Cuba, scrapping the embargo and who speaks Spanish. We were not going to be allowed to have that! Clinton's married into a Miami Cuban ruling family, so is more likely declare an invasion of the island. Obama says that he would allow some people to visit family in Cuba, but not allow people like me to go there. My second choice was Edwards, who talked some truth and spoke of and to veterans and other homeless people. We were not going to be allowed to have him either.

Edwards ended his campaign where he began it: in New Orleans. Then he and Elizabeth picked up hammers and went to work rebuilding the city. A class act, both of them, all the way.

The pull quote:

[ He started his address about 30 minutes after stopping at an interstate underpass to talk to homeless people at an encampment of about 200 people. "One woman said to me, 'You won't forget us, will you?' Well, I say to her,we will never forget you. We will fight for you, stand up for you," he said. ]

Courtesy The Black Agenda Report:

[ Through fourteen Republican Debates, no moderator has asked any Republican Presidential candidates a single question about rebuilding New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. ]

Edwards drops out of presidential race
The Times-Picayune
Wednesday January 30, 2008, 7:34 AM
By Bill Walsh and David Hammer Staff writers

[ Ending his presidential bid in the city where he launched it 13 months ago, Democrat John Edwards told a crowd at the Musicians Village in the 9th Ward on Wednesday that he is giving up the political chase, but not his advocacy for New Orleans and the nation's poor people that was a focus of his campaign.

He told a crowd at the Musicians' Village in the 9th Ward today that he is giving up the political chase but not the battle against poverty that had been the theme of his campaign.

"We joined together in this city that had been abandoned by our government and had been forgotten, but not by us," Edwards told about 250 people who gathered in the chilly early afternoon. "Someday, one day, the trumpets will play loud in Musicians Village, where we stand today."

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