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Shaula Evans

Maura, I am greatly looking forward to an update from you after the training this weekend.

Hats off to everyone whose hard work went into making this training happen.

Jim W

Notas por La Casa Politica

It is Raining Democrats in Virginia

By Steven J. Ybarra, JD

April 30, 2005

I love flying at midnight. It is an unusual group of people who get on a plane to go someplace in the middle of the night. There are professionals, vacationers, students and those in search of sleep.

This weekend, I got on a midnight flight to Dulles and then drove to Charlottesville, Virginia to help train Democrats in this important red state. It is amazing to me that 90 folks will show up on a Saturday and Sunday to figure out how to become involved in the process of overthrowing a fascist regime. OK, so not all Republicans are fascist, they are just mentally challenged. Last week when I was in South Carolina the important issue to Republicans was whether it was the fault of women that they were getting beat by abusive husbands.

I am amazed that Americans are not paying attention to what is going on in Afghanistan! We are seeing news every day on Iraq being bombed by dissidents and “insurgents”. Hey, who does not remember the Whiskey rebellion? America has a great history of insurgency. We do the “bomb the other side” because they are schmucks and we do not like what they are doing to us.

The problem is that we are not mad about what Bush is doing to us. So let us look at what is going on in America what Bush the lesser is so good at! Bush the lesser has managed to divert the discussion about how America has become the biggest opium drug producer in the world to educating our kids in private schools. Afghanistan is now sending more opium out to all of us than any other country in the world! Talk about democracy in action!

Here is the question of the day - What are you doing to talk about our failure to attack the issue of drug production?

We have spent 200 billion dollars on a war to perfect drug production! If we are going to make sure that democracy works, we need to first deal with Afghanistan, after all they are the enemy! It was Afghanistan where the war on terror started. It was Afghanistan where ol’ sam ben layden trained his folks. It was Afghanistan where women were property and still are. It is Afghanistan that is our greatest failure in this war.

It is time to recognize that the reason why we have no money for schools, social security, health care, roads, water and sewer systems is because of George W. Bush and the evil triumvirate of Candy Rice, Cheney and Rumsfeld. These people have no clue on how to run the government so they keep coming up with enemies we need to attack. [Pogo was right.]

One of the things that I learned during the Dean Campaign was that there are lots of Americans who want to be involved in the political process. These are people who have jobs and work to feed their families and find out that the skills that they have are transferable. Washingtonian types are afraid of these folks because they do not follow the rules, including the one that all money must go into media campaign coffers.

These Americans want to talk to the people who live near them, and as neighbors, pray with them and play with them. Ordinary Democrats have frustrations because they have no real outlet to get local state and county parties organized nor can they figure out how to run their local political lives. Democracy is all about the basics.

So what is the answer? Let us get on the road and get Democrats working to take over school boards, county commissions, city councils, and parks and recreation boards, and then we will get rid of these incompetent people at the top.

All politics are in fact local. So get on the midnight flyer and talk to America about democracy.

©Steven J. Ybarra JD is a retired civil rights attorney who operates a consultant company in California. He is a member of the Democratic National Committee and a long time political activist. Contact Steven at: sjybarra@aol.com. This article is copyright by Steven J. Ybarra JD, originally published in www.Hispanicvista.com but permission is granted for reprint in print, email, blog, or web media if this entire credit paragraph is attached.

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