Radically wrong

July 15, 2011 by barbara

barbara writes

It's a darkly dreary, humid (as in thunderstormy) day in the land of Wellstone. Been seeing Facebook posts, emails, op-eds from folks who are feeling temporarily beaten down by the deceit, lies and bully-boy tactics of the radical right -- in Minnesota and throughout our country. Oh, yeah, I said "our," and that's an essential point.

This all takes a humongous toll. But days like today allow for reflection about what comes next.

What happens now that Governor Dayton has been more or less metaphorically beaten into submission (temporarily) by the radical right?

What happens when we kick Minnesota's budget woes down tobacco road, living out Scarlett O'Hara's "tomorrow is another day" delusion?

I don't have answers -- in part, because no one asked me to produce them. And also in part because I'm not smart enough to figure this out.

What I do have, under the momentary cloak of despair, is a measure of dogged determination. We know who they are--the leaders and the followers of the radical right. We know what they've done.

Sometimes memory is short. But not this time.

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Jean (not verified) | July 15, 2011 - 9:35pm

OMG Wellstone seems like centuries ago. How do Minnesotans go from electing a Wellstone to choosing this current right-wing lot?
I couldn't agree with you more. I decided this week to start my own little "memory fund"; ya seen my $$$ has a memory too and will be releasing my memory fund in the right (oops I mean "left") direction in the fall of 2012!!

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barbara | July 15, 2011 - 11:15pm

I love this idea! For starters, I have loose change hither and thither around here, so that's seed money for my memory fund. I'll keep dumping my change into it and as much more as I can. People! Remember that mighty oaks/little acorns thing?! :)

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