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Copland’s Fanfare For The Common Man A Strong Choice To Begin Arizona Memorial Service

The Tuscon memorial service for the Arizona shootings began with a rendition of Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.

(Above–Mr. Copland.)

This dignified tribute of the day-to-day work of democracy, is a strong way to note the work of politics and freedom. This was the work taking place at the constituent meeting Congresswoman Giffords was holding at the time of the shooting.

We are all equal citizens.

Here is a brief history of this work from National Public Radio. You can also hear Fanfare at this site.

This work was commissioned for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 1942.

Here are facts about the great American composer Aaron Copland. Mr. Copland lived 1900-1990.

Mr. Copland is also well-known for his famous work Appalachian Spring.

Dignity is found in the creative and hard-working response to the challenges and opportunities of daily life.

The playing of Fanfare for the Common Man to begin the memorial service was appropriate and hopeful.

Without  for a moment forgetting the part that circumstance and dumb luck plays in life, we all have the ability to make the best of who we are in this existence. We all have the ability to make each day a day of great value.

January 13, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Impact Of Tea Party/Republican Party Conduct And Policies Becoming Clear For All To See

The alleged shooter in the Arizona massacre was in court today, as the heat continues for Sarah Palin and the Tea Party.

Texan Tom DeLay has been sentenced to three years in jail.

The State of Texas has a massive budget deficit, as our Republican-controlled legislature prepares for the upcoming session.

This problem was caused by Republicans running Texas and now they will have to fix it. Regretfully, they will likely balance the budget on the backs of the poor, and on the backs of working people in Texas.

I’m ready to get back in the fight. However, I’m on the road in Cincinnati, Ohio. The picture below looks something like a country road, but it is part of Cincinnati’s East End. This is an area near the Ohio River, and in the vicinity of the first white settlement in Cincinnati back in 1788.

We need to keep fighting and, also, we some time off in life.

Stay informed and stay politically active as the true impact of Tea Party/ Republican Party conduct and policies are made plain for all to see.

The hard work of freedom and justice is the work of each and everyone of us.

January 10, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Where Is Houston Mayor Parker On Arizona Immigration Law?—Where Are Houston Hispanic Political Leaders?

The new immigration law in Arizona has prompted a strong response across the nation.

Under this new law, American citizens could be asked by law enforcement officer to prove that they have a right to be in Arizona.

Based on your race, you could be asked for your papers by a police officer.

President Obama and Attorney General Holder are deciding if the federal government should sue Arizona.

The Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, Chris Coleman, has ordered a ban on city travel to any event in Arizona.

Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain, has said she opposes the law.

There were protests against the law in Chicago that lead to arrests.

However, regretfully, we have heard little of substance from Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

This silence is despite the fact that Mayor Parker began her rise to the Mayor’s office by championing the human rights cause of justice and fair play for gay folks.

And this silence is despite the fact that at least 40% of people in Houston are Hispanic or Latino.

My fellow Houston blogger Stace Medellin of Dos Centavos is also waiting to hear more from Mayor Parker on this important human rights concern.

Congressman Duncan Hunter of California says he would support deporting Hispanic children born in the U.S. This even though being born in the U.S. makes you a citizen.

Republican Texas State Representative  Debbie Riddle says she will propose a law similar to the Arizona law.

In an election year—In a political climate where Tea Party people are running around with all sorts of far right-wing views— we don’t have the luxury of silence.

Mayor Parker, who knows as well as anyone that people can be deprived of human rights and basic justice, needs to speak up.

Beyond the Mayor, where are Hispanic political leaders in Houston?

I’ll tell you where they are.

They are sitting in low-turnout districts happy to have a clear path to re-election, hoarding campaign war chests, and doing nothing of substance to increase Hispanic turnout in Houston, Harris County, and Texas.

If this low turnout makes Hispanics more vulnerable to being accosted for the crime of existing—So it goes.

The freedom of all people is connected. Yet many of our local Democrats in Houston would have folks go it alone against the forces of intolerance and against police state tactics.

The good news is that there will be a march in Houston on May 1 in favor of the human rights of immigrants. Please click here for the details.

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Three Observations On Arizona Immigration Law Where People Can Be Asked For Documentation As If We Live In A Police State Run By A Dictator

In Arizona, U.S. citizens can be asked for their papers if a so-called law enforcement officer has an alleged reason to believe that a person is an undocumented resident of the state.

(Above–Writing this post about the new police state law in Arizona allows me run this nice picture of the Grand Canyon. Here is the link to the National Park Service Grand Canyon web page.)

This has been all over the news. Here is a New York Times story about the new law with some of the details.

From that story—

“…Ron White, 52, said he felt a sense of relief that something was finally being done about “the illegals” — whom he blames for ills like congregating on the streets, breaking into homes in his neighborhood, draining tax dollars and taking jobs from Americans..“I sure hope it does have an effect,” Mr. White said of the new law as he packed his car with groceries. “I wouldn’t want to show proof of citizenship, but I also don’t feel it is racial profiling. You are going to look different if you are an alien, and cops know.”

You don’t want to be caught looking different in Arizona.

I have three observations about this new law.

1. The people of Arizona have no doubt been happy enough to take advantage of low-wage services offered by  undocumented folks.

2. As we all know—though you can’t say enough—our land here in America was taken from the original inhabitants in what was little more than a genocide. None of the yahoos who ran all over Indian land had to show any documents.

3. If President Obama had signed a law allowing for police officers to ask for the documents of people legally in the United States, he would be called a fascist or a Hitler by the right. However, when far right-wingers actually do enact such legislation, that is okay with conservatives.

April 26, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 7 Comments

Mitt Romney Not First Mormon Running For President To Rack Up Second Place Finishes

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney finished second in the Republican New Hampshire primary yesterday. This comes after his second place finish in the Iowa caucus last week.

Governor Romney had invested a great deal of money in both states, but was unable to win. The people did not want him.

Governor Romney is not the first Mormon candidate for President to run up a string of second place finishes in the Presidential nominating process.

In 1976, Democratic Representative Morris K. Udall (photo above) of Arizona finished second in six primaries without winning a single one. He finished third in seven primaries.

Rep. Udall was a Mormon.   

In New Hampshire, Rep. Udall lost to Jimmy Carter 28% to 23%. Birch Bayh of Indiana ran third with 15%.

Morris K. Udall was a great liberal.  

However, running second does not get the job done—As Governor Romney is finding out.

As far as I can recall or read, Udall’s Mormonism was not an issue in 1976.

This may have been because religion was not the same kind of issue it is today, and because the Democratic primary electorate in 1976 did not have a religious litmus test for candidates the way the Republican electorate does in 2008.

Udall’s brother Stewart was Secretary of the Interior for President Kennedy.

Two Udalls serve in the House of Representatives today.

Democrat Mark Udall, son of Mo, represents the second district of Colorado. This district is focused on western suburbs of Denver and on Boulder.

Mark Udall is running for Senate to win the seat of retiring Republican Senator Wayne Allard.   

Stewart’s son, Democrat Tom Udall, represents New Mexico’s third district in the U.S. House. This district includes Santa Fe, Clovis and much of the top one-third of New Mexico.  

This Udall is also running for the U.S. Senate. He is running for the seat being vacated by Republican Pete Domenici.

A Udall cousin is Republican Senator Gordon Smith of Oregon. Senator Smith will hopefully be defeated for reelection in 2008.

1/16/08—Update—Romney has broken the Udall/Mormon curse and won the Michgan primary.

January 9, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments