Monday, August 25, 2008

Another Fairy Tale/My Confession/Silence


(P1) Poetical


(by Eddie C.)












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(P2) Political

Proud To Be Working Class & My Confession

I have a little confession to make. Coming from a working class background (my father was a New York City fireman and my mother an elementary school teacher) I, for quite awhile, attempted to put that all behind me. You see, my parents, stretching their budget considerably, sacrificed and sent me to Georgetown University.

I arrived wearing a lime green poncho shirt and was immediately schooled by my patrician classmates in how to dress (blue blazer, blue button-down Gant shirt, khakis, and brown Bass Weejun loafers). Once in awhile, I'd be invited to stay over at friends' houses ("mansions" to my way of thinking) in Scarsdale, Boston's North Shore, etc. Ultimately, I felt the need to reciprocate, and my friends came to stay over at our exceptionally modest house in Queens. I was very nervous about this, but they always loved the Italian food, openness, good humor and warmth of my folks. Still, for a long time, I felt that I had been "found out."

Later in life, I did vocational rehabilitation counseling with industrially disabled workers under California's Workers Compensation system. In this capacity, I developed a new affinity for the salt of the earth, blue collar workers. It brought me back to my roots and a respect for those who the patricians in our government, but for their platitudes, sadly neglect.

So, at this time, with Barack Obama and Joe Biden leading the way (and let's also hold their feet to the fire), let's join in proclaiming anew and with feeling, "All power to the people of this great nation!"

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Most Hypocritical List


I was going to refer to this quotation as "The Most Hypocritical Quotation of All Time" when I reigned myself in, "Whoa! There's a lot of competition out there!" How about us all compiling a "Top 10" list of hypocritical quotes. Here's my first nominee.

From David Bonior, former Michigan congressman, after the Edwards revelation:


"You can't lie in politics and expect to have people's confidence."

But, David, something like a mind-numbing fifty percent of the population still believe Cheney's big lie that Iraq was involved on Sept. 11!

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(P3) Philosophical

Noise Drenched Lives
by William Edelen - August 3, 2008

The distinguished anthropologist Loren Eiseley wrote that, "Never in the entire history of our species, homo sapiens, has one generation been subjected to so much chaotic noise." He writes that , "We will not know the damage it is doing for years."
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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I didn't know you were a painter, nor did I know that you have moved to the left because the public has moved too far to the right. You might be referring to the press moving to the right, if true where would you place MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS in light of their unfettered support of the second coming of the saviour?
Bob F

patti antonaccio said...

Good for you! I love your confession. You are just you and no one else. love, patti

Chiara said...

What a delightful posting, bro. "We," your bird, the political cartoons, your memories of our growing up ambivalent about our "class."

Since last Tuesday, I find myself caught between wanting to dance naked in the streets and wanting to be totally alone with my joy and awe. Like most of us, I don't have stars in my eyes about our new president; I just want to work with him and help him fulfill his extraordinary potential in an extraordinarily difficult environment.

There's an interesting piece in the Nov. 9 New York Times -- "Generation O Gets Its Hopes Up" -- and I recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by what has just happened in our country.

Here's how I knew for sure that we had won and won big: On Election Day, the last day of my challenging two-months of campaigning in Lackawanna County, Pa.-- a white, Catholic, quite poor, working class county -- an elderly white woman came to the door, looked at my Obama button and said, "He's my son.

Chiara