8 de Mayo, 2007
ALLIES is one letter away from ALIENS
ONE MORE METALICIOUS post referencing la unidad, allies, and blogando, and then I'm headed for algunos rayos de luz. I think, anyway, it will be a few days processing the recent post I wrote on us "Lefties" joining together for what I see as today's Civil Rights struggle—bringing humanity to the ALIENZ in our midst. Many thoughts, reactions, non-reactions, and growth happening. So we'll get to that soon.
Meanwhile, here's a look at Matt Stoller's post called "Building Power":
3) Complaining about how nobody cares about your pet issue: This is often a subset of whining about linking. Here's the real truth. It's not that nobody cares about your pet issue, it's that it's not a priority for most people. That's why it's your pet issue. You have to explain why your pet issue is worth prioritizing and how by doing so others can have an impact. Until you do, it remains your problem. Don't take it personally if people don't share your priorities. Instead, convince and lead the way.
Don't feel insulted by "the real truth," my friends. This is not, remember, a response to my post. Matt and Chris just happened to be "tag-teaming" in posts designed to remind us why they blog (including Whining Link-Thirsters just makes sense when talking about why one is blogging).
Easily. Because First Amendment rights are what we all care about here in the good ole U.S. of A.! Yup, even young, white, male vote-machine bloggers. And amplified police powers and disproportionate police force are something we are all wary of nowadays, I would hope—what with all the talk of authoritarianism and such. Reporters getting beat by riot cops for daring to report, getting bossed into their vans with the doors shut, well. If this is a "Pet Issue," then call me Lucky Nez, and drag me by my leash over to that crazy geezer on the corner with dog food in his pocket, pennies in his dixie cup, and his wind rattling through an old harmonica and in-between bursting huffs of a Martin Niemöller poem for spare change.
Now. I'm going to bring my plate of freshly-picked fruit out into the sun. Enjoy the clean air, and the bounties of the earth (another Pet Issue of mine). ¡Disfrute el dia!