". . . 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

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Did Our FLOTUS Rock - Or - DID SHE ROCK! + Ted Strickland

Her speech last night in support of her husband.

Though the truth is, I always prefer her. But he does try to live up to her expectations. :)

She really was good. And so beautiful. Also, one who is as addicted to nail polish as I am could not but help noticing her choice of a non-trad nail polish color. She's the best First Lady I've ever experienced. Jackie Kennedy was adored, from all I read, but I wasn't there, you know? This First Lady -- not only am I there, but I have enough life experience to See her in her various aspects.

And boy, did former governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, tear it up and set it on fire! Nobody hates reThugs more than Ohio Democrats and activists, I swear. Having some personal contact due to our Big Name Fashion Designer sort-of-friend (it's a member of her immediate family who is the real friend) with the Ohio Democrat politicos, I can vouch for that. It's all very person to them.

The floor of the auditorium was as diverse as it could get, inclusive from yarmulkas to head scarves to bald heads and maned heads and you name it. The one group though that seemed fairly scarce in crowd filled with inter-racial couples and same sex couples, older women as well as the general over-all sense of youngish, was white men.

They seem to have a decent campaign slogan: "Forward, not back!" It kinda rolls. It tells the truth too: same sex marriage, end of don't ask don't tell so you can honestly be yourself in the military; it recognizes the reThug voter suppression activity (Ohio is a ground floor state for that, and they've been working on voter suppression and outright election stealing since the 2000 campaign), as well as the war on the settled law about women's reproductive rights.

So the Dems are rolling good convention. It's sad they can't point to more than "Saved the auto industry" re the economy. Yet that stimulus bill, which included the tax cut on small business and under $100,000 incomes really did save a huge number of us. Just not enough of us. They can do better. One hopes that they will, if we give them four more years. Because, you know the reThugs will have been so over-contributed by the 1% and even the .01%k, and the Dems will be so out-spent, that if the Dems win, they've got some serious leverage with which to break the gridlock in D.C. by The Party That Just Says NO. NO To Everything, except hatred of women and everyone who isn't a white man, and war, more war, everywhere on everything, and stealing from everyone else to inflate the obscenely bloated wealth of the masters of the financial and corporate crime syndicates.

I began my attention to the first night of the Democratic Convention with NPR, and switched to CNN on my computer for the speeches.

NPR -- as usual, what stooges and plants for the ReThugs they are. They were shocked at what Strickland included in his speech, such as voter repression and ever using the word "Lies." "That's outside the boundaries," the NPR paid stooges whispered. They even managed to sneer a bit at the First Lady's admiration for hers and the President's families. They need to be fired.

Because this is what is wrong with our politics and how it has been going wrong for such a long time in this nation. It's wholly owned by the Fat Cat Corporation of America, and refuses to even recognize a lie as a lie, much less call out a lie as a lie. Unless it is as a lie about someone like Shirley Sherrod -- a Democrat, a black activist, a woman, appointed by our first black president -- four for one!

1 comment:

Foxessa said...

Our Afropop recording engineer is also working the Democrats' convention. So we get these eye and ear up close accounts from both conventions.

Love, C.