Armchair ActivistSep 15, 2008
Barack Obama has me paying attention. When I started paying attention, do you know what I discovered? I still care.
I have ignored politics for eight years. It’s the only way I could cope. After George W. Bush stole the election from Al Gore, and squeaked through again in 2004, I gave up on politicians. Between that and the subsequent abysmal leadership Bush gave this country, I withdrew into my work. I figured there’s nothing I can do about what’s going on in Washington.
Barack Obama has changed that. For the first time in a very long time, I feel like I can make a difference. I am campaigning for Obama and am an active donor to the Obama campaign.
I keep up with the blogs on Obama's website and am very active on DIGG. I receive Obama e-mails and text messages. I am an armchair activist, doing much of my campaigning on the Internet while writing my next book.
Yesterday, the New York Times published an article that everyone should read. Here is the link:
As a writer, this passage in particular gave me pause:
The new mayor also tended carefully to her evangelical base. She appointed a pastor to the town planning board. And she began to eye the library. For years, social conservatives had pressed the library director to remove books they considered immoral.
“People would bring books back censored,” recalled former Mayor John Stein, Ms. Palin’s predecessor. “Pages would get marked up or torn out.”
Witnesses and contemporary news accounts say Ms. Palin asked the librarian about removing books from the shelves. The McCain-Palin presidential campaign says Ms. Palin never advocated censorship.
But in 1995, Ms. Palin, then a city councilwoman, told colleagues that she had noticed the book “Daddy’s Roommate” on the shelves and that it did not belong there, according to Ms. Chase and Mr. Stein. Ms. Chase read the book, which helps children understand homosexuality, and said it was inoffensive; she suggested that Ms. Palin read it.
“Sarah said she didn’t need to read that stuff,” Ms. Chase said. “It was disturbing that someone would be willing to remove a book from the library and she didn’t even read it.”
“I’m still proud of Sarah,” she added, “but she scares the bejeebers out of me.”
For those of you who read erotic romance, what do you think would happen to our First Amendment rights in a McCain/Palin administration?
Think about it.
Vote Obama / Biden 2008