Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Mighty Voice

“There’s a dangerous culture of obedience throughout much of this country that’s worse in Utah than anywhere."

Hello fellow liberals, progressives, and other readers of this blog,

With this post I am introducing you to a political maverick and a strong voice for change in this country. His name in Ross C. Anderson, but he goes by Rocky Anderson, and he is the outgoing mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah (the mayor-elect of SLC is Ralph Becker, a fellow Democrat, whom Rocky supported). Mr. Anderson announced last July that he would not seek a third term, saying he wanted to devote the rest of his life to grass-roots organizing involving human rights and global warming. Although at the time of his announcement he did not have specific plans.

I know what you all are thinking - isn't Salt Lake City just a right turn away from Colorado Springs, Colorado (home of "Focus on the Family" and other stinky right wing morsels)? Well, yes and no, SLC is the capitol of Utah which is the state among the fifty that lays claim, outloud, to be founded by Mormons, but it also is a city that boasts one of the most progressive mayors on the western side of the Rockies. For evidence I offer up the text of Mr. Anderson's riveting speech that he delivered only a couple weeks ago (October 27, 2007). I defy any of you to read that speech and imagine those words channeling through your ears and into your head, and not agree that Rocky Anderson is a voice that should be heard loudly and proudly across our aching nation.

In the few pages of this amazing speech, he summarizes all of the crimes, lies, deception, greed, arrogance, and sheer incompetence that is and will be the legacy of the Bush/Cheney administration. And he does it eloquently, and in doing so he speaks for the many of us who feel discouraged, spent, and downright impotent to speak truth to power and have it make a lick of difference.

Here's a clip of flip-flopping Mitt Romney singing Rocky's praises.

Here are clips of Rocky Anderson debating Sean Insanity of Faux News:
Part One / Part Two / Part Three / Part Four / Part Five

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