(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
So the world didn’t end today (yet). I bet a 6th grader a chocolate bar that we’d still have class Monday. His older brother had told him for sure that September 23 was it. Young students are all on Facebook, gobbling up and sharing every bit of fake news and conspiracy theory out there.
The eclipse, the hurricanes, and the earthquakes proved that doomsday was at hand.
My more sciencey students rushed to debunk this: “If there was a planet about to hit the earth, we would have seen it coming! Planets don’t just jump out of their orbits and go wherever they want! NASA says it’s not true. ”
I love that they’re paying attention in science class, and using evidence-based arguments.
But, no Nibiru in sight. Just another day, living the dream in northeast Colorado. Something else surprising is happening, though….Democrats are organizing in Northeast Colorado, and in rural counties all over the state.
At Octoberfest, it was chilly and drizzly. Felt like fall. The Morgan County Democrats were boothed next to the American Legion, so we had lots of opportunities to chat while we waited for people to stop by.
I quickly found that we could talk about anything as long as I didn’t directly criticize the President. They could criticize him, though, and did. “Needs to take a Speech 101 class,” said a spry old gentleman who later showed off his world-class polka moves. “He’s embarrassing us with all the tweeting,” confided a lifelong Republican.
Democrats were zeroing in on us, too. “You have a booth? Here? How many Democrats are in Morgan County?” Turns out, about 3,000 registered Dems to about 6,000 registered Republicans, with ~4,500 unaffiliated. Dems have kept rather quiet until now, what with that 2:1 disadvantage.
But those days are gone. Dems had big, loud, crowded floats in all of the recent town parades.
With Logan County Dems, Washington County Dems, and Yuma Indivisible, we have scheduled upcoming Q&A forums for Democratic candidates for CD4, Attorney General, Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Governor. We’re planning on having forums for all the candidates for these offices in the general election, as well.
What I hear when I talk with my Republican neighbors in CD4: Many Republicans are frankly divided and disheartened, embarrassed, even sickened by the behavior of the leaders of their party. They’re tired of defending the indefensible. They still feel obligated to defend Trump when he’s attacked, because he is their elected leader.
On the other hand, those who wanted to secede from Colorado in 2013 probably still want that, even in the face of resounding electoral defeat. They’ve become entrenched in their positions, isolated from conflicting opinions, and emboldened to be openly racist.
Rural Democrats are showing that there are alternatives. There are people advocating for policies that will keep small towns alive and young people well-educated. We can keep our hospitals open. We don’t have to disown our gay kids, nor hate on our Latino and Muslim neighbors. We’re showing that we don’t have to use up all of the fossil fuels and clean water in order to have a prosperous economy.
At the local level, in small towns and red counties, people on the ground are registering voters and going to town halls and sponsoring forums and getting their neighbors out to vote. That may not be Nibiru-level earth-shattering news, but in rural counties of Colorado, it is a small miracle.
Front Page of The Post this morning. I thought you and some of the other folks who live in the farmlands would appreciate this:
That's a nice article. I've seen that – judging by the membership in FFA here, many young people want to farm and ranch. They have the skills. But they've also seen the hardships and uncertainty. It's not an easy way of life.
With internet access, it's easier than ever to partake of the larger urban culture, and explore new ways of making a living and getting educated. So maybe better broadband access in rural America will allow people to have the best of both worlds.
We'll need plenty of this generation to keep on growing food, and also explore fuel, fiber, and medicine (Hey there Hemp!)
What I see now is that the distribution networks are not efficient and don't make for good food outcomes. I can buy local at this time of year, (harvest time), and do. The rest of the year, I might be buying beef from Argentina, citrus from California, and chicken that's already been to China and back.
Great diary, MamaJ.
Responding to Jason's FB comment below: I think that, rather than not voting at all, disheartened Republicans vote will be looking to vote for an "anti-Trump". Quiet, sober, statesmanlike, able to communicate clearly and coherently – that "Speech 101" thing.
It's not so much the policies as the unhinged demeanor that is putting GOPeople off.
Although, judging by the unpopularity of any policy put forward to "repeal and replace" the ACA, they're getting disenchanted with the policies, as well. Most people have someone in a nursing home /assisted living facility – they understand that, without Medicaid funds, those facilities would close.
2018 will be a pickup opportunity, in red counties like mine, for moderate, well-spoken centrists – I don't think it matters much which party. Sorry, Zappy – I'm still flying my progressive flag, but I see what I see.
And, thanks for the h/t, Michael.
Great article, mamajama, but I still think Nibiru is real.
Treelady, we're all entitled to our own religious beliefs.
I'll stick with science, though.
How do you explain Nibiru's no-show for its big day?
Are you by any chance a blood relative of mine?