koralleen (koralleen) wrote,

Potemkin village town hall meeting

Remarks by the President in a Conversation on Strengthening Social Security
I'm no good at estimating crowd size. I think there might have been 200 people, tops, protesting the "conversation" this morning. Even though I don't believe that Bush's privatization concoction will fly, I couldn't shout along with the Ain't broke / Don't fix it group, it felt too disingenuous. Progressive Maryland had prepared some things to yell. The favorites seemed to be Privatize what? / Privatize this and Hey Bush / Hey Cheney / Hands off / My granny, although my favorite was used a lot, too: Tell me what democracy looks like / This is what democracy looks like. This morning it looked pretty puny. I did like when some of the students--some of the actual, current students who attend the school in which the pr bit was being played out--started to shout Get out of our school. Yeah, I know that was the best part.

Went to work and lookit what popped out of the newspaper at me: Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes. This is just astounding. Did you read the remarks linked above? Here's a quote: "What I like more -- even more than statistics is the notion of an ownership society. We want more people owning something." Really. What does that even mean? You know, I had a nice little bike ride on a beautiful day. I was prepared to think positively today despite the horror of having a dullwitted bully heading the government of my country. But this is a real kick in the teeth. This can't be right. This can not be right. Feeling a bit gloomy now.

Not just gloomy. Gloomy and confused:

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