March 04, 2004

The Green Mountain Boy

I went to another Dean2004 Meetup the other day. There weren't as many people there this time, of course, but the ones who did show up were there because they believed that this movement wasn't just about one candidate or one election. At the end of the meeting, Ron, the group's organizer read us something he had heard on The Chris Mathews' Show on MSNBC:

CHRIS MATTHEWS, host: As I've said before on this show, the greatest thing about politics--being in it, covering it, caring about it--is to be out there all alone, then some day be proven right. Maybe I'm a maverick and maverick-lover by nature. I find that there's nothing so ennobling as the leader who risks all to stand for what he or she believes, to speak out when it seems everybody in the world is saying, `You're wrong. Go away. Shut up. Give up.' Say this for Howard Dean, the five-time governor of Vermont, he took a stand that the occupation of Iraq was wrong with American history and wrong with--for America's future. He asked Americans to say so.

I know a lot of people disagree with Dean's tough position, but somewhat smaller numbers still do. They had their say; he's gone from the race. The people I want to talk to here and now are those whose hearts once soared at the very notion of this man, this former governor from one of the original 13 colonies, showing all the passion and ideals of an early American revolutionary, a real Green Mountain boy come out of the Vermont hills to fight the good fight. To those who joined Dean's rebel cause, I salute you. From the time of Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine and, yes, John Brown, and Martin Luther King, the people who have moved this country have not been those marching to the American band, but those gutsy few out ahead. You Dean kids of all ages can now take your place in that proud tradition. You can tell you kids that you were with Dean.

While serving as a foot soldier at Valley Forge, Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet series, The American Crisis, which began with the memorable line, "These are the times that try men's souls." His words still ring true today. I heard a song on the radio today that said, "it's times like these you learn to live again." I am trying — trying so hard to learn.

I also discovered a fun new toy.

Posted by thom at March 4, 2004 07:13 PM
Comments

Had no idea you were busy supporting Dean. I certainly wish that I had a little more than a passing knowledge of the candidates, since I will be home for the elections this time around.

Was kind of bugged that evidently he thinks that what I risk my life for every day is "wrong" and that you apparently agree. I had people I know get hurt- some even die- over here and I personally think that it wasn't just in vain. Maybe I'm "wrong" too though.

Posted by: Everyone's Favorite Soldier at March 11, 2004 11:12 AM
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