Greetings from Madison, Where the Palm Trees bloom lush in the warm subtropical sun! (fantasy-world tunnel-vision people are scratching their heads right now…the politically astute know exactly what I am referring to, tongue-in-cheek.)
I keep thinking how the past several months have been One Big Clusterf***. My dog died at the end of May. My eye doctor suspected I have Glaucoma, so I get sent to a specialist who says no, it’s just the scarring (I could’ve told them that…) We find out in August a good friend from college died in June. My computer dies while I’m out of town, and then I get horribly sick while my dead computer is being worked on, still out of town, in August. I get diagnosed with fibroids in the Fall–they’re benign, but they want to check it out further. November brings disastrous election results for Wisconsin–we lose Senator Russ Feingold and gain what will be proven to be the WORST GOVERNOR IN THE WORLD. Our good friend Tim goes into the hospital with a bad infection. Dictator-elect kills high speed rail. I need to be biopsied for uterine cancer. Tim dies on New Year’s Eve. Scott Walker assumes dictatorship. I get biopsied the day before Tim’s funeral. Good news? I don’t have cancer. But the celebration is short-lived: Dictator Walker unveils the Budget Despair Bill which will completely screw us all. One right royal Clusterf***.
Stan and I weren’t able to make it to the protests this weekend, and probably won’t get to do it again until next weekend when he has off. He’s been putting in a lot of extra overtime due to the lack of bodies at his job–they’re having tragedies in their lives too…one co-worker of his lost her husband and her father all within a short time…others have been out on injury leave…it’s a mess…a big clusterf***.
I really wish I could’ve been there to see Michael Moore. I don’t think this protest was as publicized as the one last weeked that we went to, so it was only about 50,000 (ONLY!) at the most compared to about 70-100,000 last week, and Moore’s appearance wasn’t publicized in advance. Also, from what I noticed following the tweets on Google Realtime was that a lot of people were out gathering signatures for Republican recalls, so they weren’t at the big protests.
Even if I can’t go to the protests every day, I’m doing what I can…I’m working on bumperstickers and protest items. I saw one of my bumper stickers on a car parked in our neighborhood the other day…that made me very happy! I noticed my prices are a lot lower than other people’s. I’m keeping the prices down and only using the minimum markup that Zazzle allows…I’m not doing this for profit–the few pennies I make on a sale doesn’t even cover my time–I want the message out, I want our voices to be heard, and I want the bill canned, Walker recalled, and the public all over the country to take notice of what is happening in our state and also in the entire nation. We are being divided and conquered by a despot bought and paid for by corporate interests. The Republican mission is only to promote the interest of corporate profiteering…they use the tea party to advance their own agenda, pitting private worker against public worker, rural against urban. This is the imaginary class war they are fabricating, “the union guy wants part of your cookie” joke. The Corporations want you to think taxes are bad because they don’t want to pay their fair share…they also hold out the wishful motivational, yet unrealistic carrot…some day you too could be rich like them…would you want to pay all that tax? Once the anti-tax working-class tea party types realize it’s not unions that are the enemy, instead it’s the Fat Cats–the ones with all the tax breaks, then we will be united against one common enemy: The Moneyed Elite. But until then, it’s divide and conquer. And one big Clusterf***.