Monday, September 15, 2008

A Glimmer of Hope

Okay, I'm putting myself out on a limb here, but I can't help it. This upcoming election is scaring the bejeebus out of me. I have literally lost sleep worrying what would happen to our country if McCain/Palin got elected. I'm a Democrat. I don't hate Republicans. I have friends and family members who are Republicans. We are all good people. We basically want to see the same end results, just disagree on how to get there. But, really, McCain frightens me. He is not the same John McCain from 2000. Sarah Palin...I don't know even where to begin. Her inexperience notwithstanding... her suing the federal government to take the polar bear off the endangered species list...her allowing the aerial shooting of wolves (so there would be more moose for hunters), her inquiries into banning books, etc.

So I had a little glimmer of hope today when I came across the blog Mudflats, written by a woman who has lived over 17 years in Alaska. I'm copying her latest blog entry verbatim. You can check out her blog at


I attended the Welcome Home rally for Sarah Palin this morning. Hooo. It was an experience. About a thousand (maybe) hard-core Palin supporters showed up to hear her speak at the new Dena’ina Convention Center in downtown Anchorage.

After shaking it off with a good double shot of espresso, and a brisk walk back to my car, it was time to head to the Alaska Women Reject Palin rally. It was to be held outside on the lawn in front of the Loussac Library in midtown Anchorage. Home made signs were encouraged, and the idea was to make a statement that Sarah Palin does not speak for all Alaska women, or men. I had no idea what to expect.

The rally was organized by a small group of women, talking over coffee. It made me wonder what other things have started with small groups of women talking over coffee. It’s probably an impressive list. These women hatched the plan, printed up flyers, posted them around town, and sent notices to local media outlets. One of those media outlets was KBYR radio, home of Eddie Burke, a long-time uber-conservative Anchorage talk show host. Turns out that Eddie Burke not only announced the rally, but called the people who planned to attend the rally “a bunch of socialist baby-killing maggots”, and read the home phone numbers of the organizers aloud over the air, urging listeners to call and tell them what they thought. The women, of course, received many nasty, harassing and threatening messages.

So, as I jettisoned myself from the jaws of the ‘Drill Baby Drill’ crowd and toward the mystery rally at the library, I felt a bit apprehensive. I’d been disappointed before by the turnout at other rallies. Basically, in Anchorage, if you can get 25 people to show up at an event, it’s a success. So, I thought to myself, if we can actually get 100 people there that aren’t sent by Eddie Burke, we’ll be doing good. A real statement will have been made. I confess, I still had a mental image of 15 demonstrators surrounded by hundreds of menacing “socialist baby-killing maggot” haters.

It’s a good thing I wasn’t tailgating when I saw the crowd in front of the library or I would have ended up in somebody’s trunk. When I got there, about 20 minutes early, the line of sign wavers stretched the full length of the library grounds, along the edge of the road, 6 or 7 people deep! I could hardly find a place to park. I nabbed one of the last spots in the library lot, and as I got out of the car and started walking, people seemed to join in from every direction, carrying signs.

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators). This was the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned. The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn’t honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn’t happen here.

Then, the infamous Eddie Burke showed up. He tried to talk to the media, and was instantly surrounded by a group of 20 people who started shouting O-BA-MA so loud he couldn’t be heard. Then passing cars started honking in a rhythmic pattern of 3, like the Obama chant, while the crowd cheered, hooted and waved their signs high.

So, if you’ve been doing the math… Yes. The Alaska Women Reject Palin rally was significantly bigger than Palin’s rally that got all the national media coverage! So take heart, sit back, and enjoy the photo gallery. Feel free to spread the pictures around (links are appreciated) to anyone who needs to know that Sarah Palin most definitely does not speak for all Alaskans. The citizens of Alaska, who know her best, have things to say.

Sorry the photos are so blurry. They are enlarged from little thumbnail photos. This one says, Polar Bear Moms say No to Palin.


Yes, I little glimmer of hope. Now, back to my regular blogs on cats, elephants, recipes and other non-divisive things.

P.S. I don't know when my next post will be (watch, it'll be tomorrow), as the pain from my pinched nerve in my neck has gotten quite bad. It started getting really bad a few days after cleaning my gutters when my right arm and shoulder were at a weird angle for two straight days. Having to work all day on the computer really seems to make the pain worse. I have to figure out what to do next. Do I go back to the doctor when this surfaced over a year and a half ago, who will then prescribe six more weeks of physical therapy at 3x a week? Even though insurance covers the bulk of the therapy costs, it still is about $45.00 a week for six weeks. Not a small amount for Possumlady. Then, some folks are telling me to try out acupuncture. I'm really leaning towards that, though I know it is not cheap either. I need to check because I think my insurance company actually covers acupuncture. Well, the arm pain is telling me to stop. So, hopefully, I'll be back soon.


Dog_geek said...

Hi possumlady - I know what you mean. I don't usually talk politics with many people (I generally just smile and nod at my sweet Dad's ultra-Republican views) but this election scares me as well.

Sorry to hear about your pain. My vet has recommended trying acupuncture for Z, and I have hesitated, but I think I'm going to give it a try with him.

KGMom said...

Oh Christine--sorry sorry for your pain. That sucks.
And my sentiments are ENTIRELY with you. What is wrong with people? How can they be suckered in to a small town mayor who NO WORLD experience? People around the world must think we are NUTS.

Dorothy said...

Hi Christine...
Your blog is so heartening to me.
I am so worried about the election, I agree with you and KG Mom, ...I'm an independent but man alive...this campaign is just something else!
I hope your pinched nerve gets relief soon.....I have a feeling the acupuncture will work for you.
Hope it's covered by your insurance!! Hugs!!!!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Christine! I agree about this election. I didn't know about the polar bears, but the hunting of wolves from helicopter's set me off. How can someone who lacks compassion for animals ever have compassion for the people. Well that's all I will say about politics except that I enjoyed Mudflats entry.

I would give acupuncture a try. I have heard that it has helped people. I hope you feel better. Lisa

nina at Nature Remains. said...

Sorry you're feeling sore--is there any of the PT you could do on your own and avoid the costly sessions? Exercises? With rubberband-y thingies?

I know your anxiety.
I have the same.
And although I try to keep my blog UNpolitical, I almost added the youtube clip of Palin shooting wolves.

My hope is that there's still time for her to be revealed.

Anonymous said...

Hey Possumlady,

I'm just reading your post after spending several days at our state conference. I'm guessing the fact that you have posted nothing since, means that you are still in a lot of pain. I'm sorry to hear that.

Of course, I couldn't agree with you more about the election. Thank you for posting the message from Mudflats. I am going to circulate it to some of my friends and family members. This is the kind of message that needs to be spread.

Hope you feel better soon. Cat59

Mary said...

Christine, I hate politics - I grew up in a family where political debates were an everyday activity and it wasn't pretty. I still tend to keep my opinion to myself but not right now. Parties don't matter - it's the candidate that matters. I'm a registered republican. Unfortunately, with the technological advances in media coverage, the real issues are put on the back burner and we're bombarded with crap - name calling and poo slinging. Oh, so nice, dammit.

Anyone who wants to run for president of the US must need to have their head examined. They ALL obviously have a multitude of issues.

How can a man in his seventies be open for change? I'm not prejudice on age, but give me a break.

Obama is talented and well spoken. I just hope he isn't eaten up by greedy politics and can maintain his ideas and standards in the midst of crookedness. Sarah, although I liked her during her first days as a VP candidate, will be scrutinized royally, with good reason.

It's a very sad state this country is in...


Hope your neck is better...