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Counter-Inaugural Gets Local

Let’s admit it: We American liberals have been feeling like crap ever since Election Day 2004. We worked hard, and came very close to winning the presidential election, but when Bush pulled it off with a mere 51 percent majority, our work seemed amount to a pile of might-have-beens.

We got angry. We withdrew. Many of us even tried to find grounds to overturn the election. It’s pretty obvious: We’re in mourning.

Admitting to mourning is the first step to moving forward. With this idea in mind, progressives all across America are organizing a National Day of Mourning on January 20, the same day that George W. Bush takes his second inauguration as President of the United States. The great thing about a public mourning is that it helps the living get come back to life. The energy that’s being poured into counter-inaugural events is proving to be a catalyst that is re-energizing liberals all across America so that they can fight the tough battles to come.

The greatest thing of all is that counter-inaugural mournings are not just being planned for Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, the two usual hubs of national protest. Local events are being planned all around the country, and they’re taking on a dramatically local flavor.

In Las Vegas, the home of Elvis impersonators, liberal activists are appropriately staging a mock inauguration. In New Orleans, a group has organized what it’s calling a Jazz Funeral for Democracy. Now, with no intention of offending any other grassroots groups anywhere else, I have got to say that this Jazz Funeral for Democracy is the best idea I’ve seen for a January 20 protest event yet. An authentic New Orleans style jazz funeral procession will be created, providing local progressive activists with the chance to purge their negative feelings about the Election, and look forward more positively to the work before us.

I’ll take this lesson from the New Orleans Jazz Funeral for Democracy: The core of progressive values is a positive outlook on life that cuts through all the fear and garbage that the Republican nationalists love to throw out on us. What better way to start a four year stint of darkness with a festival that is defiantly upbeat?

15 comments to Counter-Inaugural Gets Local

  • Steve

    Oopsa! Elvis Impersonators stymied! J.Clifford thinks Democracy is dead and should be buried? Oopsa!

  • No, Steve. George W. Bush is strangling democracy in America by ripping away our constitutional rights. You can’t have a democracy without freedom. The idea is to mourn the symbolic death of democracy under Bush’s dirty grasp.

    But, of course, you knew that.

    Why is it that Republicans bother even to come to Irregular Times these days? Republicans have never really been the sort to emphasize independent learning, and the Republicans who come here rarely seem interested in learning anything. They just seem interested in attacking.

    Also consider that these Republicans have got the entire federal government at their disposal. Don’t they have anything better to do than liberal bashing? We liberals have got to fight to survive under the ongoing attacks of the Republican elite upon our freedoms. Still, I’m not bothering to go around to conservative sites with no other intention but to whine.

    Don’t get me wrong, though. I love it when Republicans come to visit Irregular Times. It gets us higher in the search engine rankings and so makes Irregular Times more easily available to Americans who have not yet wholeheartedly accepted the Republican nationalist ideology and still have their minds open.

    So come, Republicans! Attack away! Whine often! It’s an odd thing to do, but it makes us stronger.

  • Thomas

    J.Cliffor, you’re struggling mighty hard to distract from the story of horrific nonsense by the American Liberal movement. You might say that you’re against the Exercise of Democracy, but the fact is that you spend an awful lot of time trying to divert attention away from the Solution.

  • Tell you what. You identify some kind of “horrific nonsense” from American liberals – not just nonsense, mind you, but something truly horrific – and I’ll address it. As it is, this article about liberals getting organized. I guess that must disturb you, Keep on coming, though. Every time you visit, this web site gets stronger.

  • Kevin

    “Why is it that Republicans bother even to come to Irregular Times these days?”
    It’s called freedom, J.Clifford. It’s called getting the ‘other side of the story,’ J.Clifford. It’s about putting what you believe up to the scrutiny of those with opposite viewpoints, J.Clifford. (But you already knew that, right?) Do you go to Republican forums, or do you just stick with your own kind? If you DO go to even ONE Republican forum and participate, that’s one more than I have EVER participated. (You mentioned Republican forums, but you did not make clear if you went to them and/or participated.)

    It’s only ‘whining’ when the post is in opposition to your precious Liberal beliefs, right J.Clifford?

    “Also consider that these Republicans have got the entire federal government at their disposal.”
    Then why don’t I make more than $36,000 a year and pay NO taxes, if they are so in-my-pocket?

    And as far as boosting your Google rating, hey, more power to ya. I’m glad this site gets more publicity. It’s a good site, so why not help it out a little?

  • Thomas

    Say, here below is another nice IR comment from J. Matthew, who is a person that loves to keep pointing out that NO terrorists killed any Americans today. When it is pointed out to him how stupid that sounds after a real crisis like 9/11/01 does hit, he loves to come back with some snappy sarcastic prose. Read the quote from him below, and tell me how dumb he sounds now, and relate it to his views on terrorism in America. This site does deserve more hits than the pathetic amount it gets now. People should see their level of competence and judge them for themselves. Now, his quote:

    Aaaaaagh! Tsunami!
    Filed under: General Humor— J. Matthew @ 2:13 pm
    I have to say, this is the most entertaining spam message I’ve received in some time:

    THIS IS AN OFFICIAL WARNING!

    A huge 300 ft. high ocean wave is moving towards your continent.
    Your and many other cities are in a real danger.
    Approximate wave moving speed is 700 km/h.

    Please read more about this catastrophe here: [insert name of spam website]
    We are strongly urging you to evacuate yourself and your family as soon as possible,
    even though you may live far away from your city.
    The tsunami will reach the continent in approximately FOUR hours.

    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

    Well, it’s a good thing I live far away from my city.

    Anybody got a dinghy?

  • Charles

    Fucking Fuck John Kerry Fucks Us Little Fucks
    Filed under: John F. Kerry Election 2004 Politics Election 2008 Democrats— J. Matthew @ 5:57 am
    No question – if Kerry had spent that 15 million dollars in Ohio, for persuasion or voter buying, he would have won the state.

    Heck, he could have bought Ohio, and Iowa, and New Mexico if he had spread it three ways in those states.

    This is one step too far by Kerry. He pushed our patience with his support for the war, and all the “reporting for duty” crap. No way will he get my support again.

    I’m with you, Patricia. I’ll never send a dime to a candidate again – only to good organizations that sleep on the issues year-round, year after year, not just in a campaign season.

    Kerry is a waste, and I wish he’d resign from the Senate. He ought to go slinking off in shame.

    Comment by George — 11/18/2004 @ 9:56 am

  • “horrific nonsense”?

    Public protest at an inauguration is “HORRIFIC NONSENSE?”

    What is the Republican hang-up with democracy, anyway?

  • What the hell are you talking about regarding the Tsunami message?

    What is your point?

    When I posted that, I was MAKING FUN OF AN E-MAIL SPAMMER who was trying to get people to CLICK THROUGH TO A SPAM SITE by FALSELY SAYING A TSUNAMI WAS COMING. It was a stupidly entertaining spam, and I made fun of it.

    What’s yer point?

  • Charles

    Let’s be clear.

    You advocate for war.
    You say yourself that war inevitably involves civilian deaths.
    Therefore, you advocate for inevitable civilian deaths.

    It’s that simple. It’s definitional. Why do you run from it?

    Comment by J. Matthew Cook — 11/17/2004 @ 1:33 pm

    So then, if common sense is NOT inevitable, then

    * Common sense is NOT necessary
    * Common sense will not necessarily continue
    and
    * It is possible that we CAN… …have the world join in and sing along to our peaceful song.

    If it’s possible, it becomes crucial to work for it, and it is a big problem when someone like Osama acts to undermine that work.

    Comment by J. Matthew Cook — 11/17/2004 @ 1:37 pm

    I am posting these because I cannot make a clear statement on my own…

  • Charles,

    Stop cutting and pasting. Start making posts that are germane to the topic.

  • Kevin

    Wow. The above cut-and-pastes were about me, at least the top one is.

    Hey, I don’t care what y’all do on January 20th. Me, I’m celebrating Paul Stanley’s (KISS guitarist/singer) birthday. Y’all can celebrate “Love A Koala Bear Day” for all I care.

    As long as you do it peacefully, who gives a flip?

    I’ll have to remember to do my shopping that day as well, since the stores probably won’t be as crowded.

  • Wow. I was going to try to make some kind of comment to all this here, but it’s so incoherent that I’ll let its confusion speak for itself. -Groan-

  • Kevin, I like the libertarian in you.

  • Kevin

    J. Matthew: I like the Sprite in you.

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