Netroots Nation: “I Was a Highwayman”
The real Rock Stars of this weekend’s Yearly Kos 2007 convention were not the candidates or the “Big Bloggers” who turned up for the annual blogger meet and greet but the hordes of revolutionary attendees who, fed up with an administration rife with institutionalized corruption traveled across America to make a difference, determined not to be buried any longer in that" great tomb that knows no sound."
In the wake of the Highway 35 Minneapolis bridge collapse just one day prior, the “real people” who the “Big Bloggers” and the candidates are wooing for support came back one year later, after the first successful convention and demonstrated the timeless and unique determination of a people battling the collapse of our constitution and our infrastructures...to say that over the past thirty years our government has gotten away with murder would be an understatement, and the mix at this year’s convention (which may be renamed NETROOTS NATION for future conventions) proved that the immortal soul of this country will be back, again and again to right the wrongs of “the bastards” that hung them in the stolen election of 2000.
This weekend’s second annual Yearly Kos convention was held at McCormick Place in my hometown of Chicago, where over one thousand bloggers and activists stormed Lake Shore Drive to count themselves among a united community of collective, progressive voices determined to take back America. Hats off to the attendees, many who traveled all across the country and put down $300 (excluding hotel, airfare etc.) to be heard and to hear the top Democratic front-runners weigh in on the issues, quite arguably the most important, being Washington D.C. “K” Street lobbyist influences. Care to listen and watch the awesome John Edwards just say “NO” to lobbyists as he hits one out of the park? Click on link below
John Edwards did not disappoint, as Hillary shamelessly sung the praises of lobbyist money when Edwards challenged her not to accept it. Yet, one way or another, money finds its way into the coffers of candidates campaigns -- whether it is deposited by the lobbyists or directly deposited by their constituents from all sectors including Big Pharma, Wall Street, Insurance and increasingly High Technology --- which may be one reason that the wildly charismatic John Edwards so fearlessly disavowed taking money from lobbyists with a ‘let’s cut out the “K” Street middle man’ approach which admittedly makes you want to go to work for the guy and makes Hillary look like an old beltway insider school marm.
This second convergence of the Yearly Kos 2007 attendees at a time when our nation’s infrastructures are indeed crumbling both literally and figuratively
is the soul of America’s revolutionary spirit seeking poetic justice, affirming “I’ll be back again, and again, and again…”
I was a highwayman. Along the coach roads I did ride
With sword and pistol by my side
Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade
Many a soldier shed his lifeblood on my blade
The bastards hung me in the spring of twenty-five
But I am still alive.
I was a sailor. I was born upon the tide
And with the sea I did abide.
I sailed a schooner round the Horn to Mexico
I went aloft and furled the mainsail in a blow
And when the yards broke off they said that I got killed
But I am living still.
I was a dam builder across the river deep and wide
Where steel and water did collide
A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado
I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below
They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound
But I am still around..I'll always be around..and around and around and around and around
I fly a starship across the Universe divide
And when I reach the other side
I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can
Perhaps I may become a highwayman again
Or I may simply be a single drop of rain
But I will remain
And I'll be back again, and again and again and again and again..