The troubled march skies are finally here: Part 1

26 Mar

Missoula, Mont – March 8, 2011

Evening:

I watched the WI protests live tonight on my computer. And while watching them I finally feel, after 25 years, that I’m watching Democracy in its true form. I was unaware that American’s still knew how to practice Democracy, or were still empathetic to its principles.

After three hours I realized I was watching the same interviews over and over, this upset the viewer. The protests couldn’t have been live. So when were they taped? And why was I not watching live WI protests? Did everyone go home?

What’s this I hear about a Labor Movement? And why does America only have two political parties? That seems wrong at times like this, especially when everything seems wrong. Do either party represent the people? Well, yes and no. Depends what kind of a person you are. At least it’s night, so I can’t see the sky.

I go to sleep thinking about how I was just reminded that St. Partick’s Day is coming soon. I used to live in Butte where it’s quite a celebration. Or a drunk fest. Or are they the same thing? I humor myself when I think of wearing my green jeans with my orange t-shirt on that day – I’ll do this because I’m not Catholic or Protestant and I believe that things would be better if God didn’t exist in the hateful form of the Bible.

But I continue on.

March 9, 2011

Morning:

I’m reading an essay by a man with the last name of Gorski about multicultural education and it’s possible oppression if taught the wrong way. This has caused me to think about Paulo Freire. How does this actually relate to my future students in Montana?

Talking about union busting? Watching WI crumbling, rise, crumble – depending on whom you talk to, or whose side you’re on. How does this relate to my reading about oppression? Who’s being oppressed?

Watched a clip with Michael Moore on the Rachael Maddow Show on Huffington Post. Thinking about how Michael Moore said that Republicans (I call them neo-Republicans) have called a class war over their anti-union, collective bargaining stripping bill. Then read some comment about how the word ‘war’ was used by Mr. Moore and the person related it loosely to the Tucson shooting and how liberals were hypocrites. Then I think of two wars being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, or is it Iran? How many Middle Eastern countries can we fight? Oh, wait…. U.S. Battleship on way to Libya.

I read more from Gorski on oppression and how all the major news outlets, newspapers, and film studios are now owned by the same five conglomerates (such a monstrous word with a pejorative tint). In this context I think of Rachael Maddow on MSNBC. And then of NBC. Then of Vivendi Universal. Oh, god, it’s true. Where does Rachael Maddow fit in? And wait. Shit, damn. Huffington Post was just bought by AOL, which was once called AOL/Time Warner. And HuffPost readers are told this buyout is a good thing. I don’t buy it. Everything is owned by a few people, people who don’t seem to like unions. Time to watch Wisconsin protests not-live.

Afternoon:

I again listen to the greatest band of the past year: Foals. They’re from Britain and they soothe my bones when the sky looks as ominious as it does in early March in Montana.

St. Patricks Day comes closer and closer and

The big rigs rolled through Missoula last night with the big oil drums. I read that. I don’t know what to think of them. They’re big, like much of everything in this country. So don’t they fit in? Aren’t they culturally acceptable? Oil and big? That’s the ideal U.S. economy isn’t it? No answers, just questions.

“But far too often these experiences are facilitated—controlled—in ways that assume that all participants sit at an even table,” Gorski’s essay continued on. He says that when people negotiate oftentimes both sides go in thinking that they’re equals. But typically they’re not and the dominate group dominates. That’s typical.

What makes a man/ what makes a man like Gov. Walker think? Does Walker think? Have we created intelligent monsters? So intent we are on mastering reading and math and science – but where are our ethics courses? Our humanity classes? Our classes that bridge us towards one another instead of making us all feel like we are one man, one island, and the biggest wave will win? No answers, just questions.

Evening:

Yesterday in my ethics class a student showed up drunk. He was shouting out random things, like ‘lent!’ – this was not ethical. And he’s supposed to be a future teacher, because it’s a teacher prep course. Prepping for what? For the public beat-down of teachers and their overpaid nonsense? Oh, I just said ‘beat’. Am I a hypocrite because I don’t think people should be beat? Are there not class wars? Are we not fighting wars at home and abroad? Is it not a war to simply get up and pretend the world is sunny in early march? Is humanity not losing?

The middle class is disappearing and there’s nothing we can do about it. We buy Brawny, and Kleenex, and all those products that pay for the attacks against us. No one seems to care. I do though.

Jon Stewert had a great logical conundrum. My head is trying to wrap around it still – I’m looking for a way out, a way to answer logic. Luckily, the question wasn’t posed to me because I think Obama is an American citizen and I also think it’s important for equality that women have control over their own bodies. I watched his conundrum on Huffington Post – we have no diversity left.

I’ve been getting into arguments with friends lately about this Obama character. Here’s a word-for-word excerpt of one of his 2008 presidential campaign promises: “If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner.”

The White House issued a release saying, “We’re not getting involved in WI politics.” But Obama is the president and is involved in politics all the time. It’s okay to get involved in Egyptian politics, or Libian politics, but not Wisconsin politics? I voted for a man who ran away when the White House opened its doors to him. My friends are fighting me on these points. Say I’m wrong, he’s done a lot, inherited a mess, yabba yabba. I’m apathetic to those talking points. I’m definitely buying his campaign promise, yelled loud and clear, Change We Can Believe In. I believe it, because nothing has changed. The powerful and rich continue to cling to those ladders. And why wouldn’t they?

Who owns Jon Stewert? Who owns Comedy Central? Who cares what they say as long as they make money, right?

Greek man Diogenes is holding up a lantern during the daylight. When asked what he’s doing he says, “Looking for an honest man.” I’ve paraphrased the entire story. Someone once told it, but I read it. That’s how oral tradition has continued on.

In one of my Foals songs the lyric is, “Let’s disappear until tomorrow.” I believe that everyone should do this on occasion.

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