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Across From the Kennedy Center - De File
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cbertsch
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Across From the Kennedy Center
The only thing that tempered the gloom that followed November's election was the possibility, however slight, that George W. Bush would eventually follow in Richard Nixon's footsteps. While a repeat of the rounded office complex is still a long way off, a few hopeful signs are peaking out from behind the clouds. First the Government Accountability Office determined for a second time that the Bush Administration had engaged in the distribution of covert propaganda, this time for news segments about drug use. Now Clarence Thomas-protegé Armstrong Williams has come under fire -- and been fired from one media conglomerate -- for accepting money from the Bush Administration to promote the No Child Left Behind Act. Although the pessimist in me worries that Bush's minions will now target the rules against propagandizing, I'm still heartened by the news. Remember: Don't spend a dime on January 20th and tell everyone you know that you're engaging in the symbolic boycott.

Mode: hopeful?
Muse: (Drawing) Rings Around The World - Super Furry Animals - Rings Around The World

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chefxh From: chefxh Date: January 9th, 2005 09:03 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Of course these days I see everything through the lens of transportation. While I can agree with the idea of halting the economy insofar as we are capable of doing so on a given day, I still need to take the bus to and from work that day. Generally those two bucks are the only cash I spend on a workday, but there's really no way around it. I suppose I could buy a stored-value bus card so that I wouldn't be handing over cash, but wouldn't I still be spending the fare? Won't most people still be spending gasoline and electricity and whatnot and yes, I know it's symbolic...

Pissed off as I am about Goober being elected, the symbolic nature of the protest and the inevitability of spending bus fare on Thursday the 20th leave a bad taste in my mouth. Yeah, okay, Not One Damn Dime. Try putting it into practice for real.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: January 9th, 2005 04:35 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't think it's an all-or-nothing proposition, necessarily. For my part, I have the sense that folks are being a little more realistic about this sort of symbolic gesture than they would have been, say, in the late 1960s. Just be sure not shop at Wal-Mart!
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