Wednesday, August 10, 2005

What I'm Trying to Say is:

Direct enough. Simple enough.

I received some excellent ideas from everyone. Although, Daniel, if everyone moved to Canada, where would that leave us, we'd just be importing all our problems. There were some passionate opinions given as well--about education, abortion rights, sexual predator laws, a whole gamut of ideas.

For example, Polanco Consulting wrote
I think we need to organize people like us in our communities. Instead of protesting all of our various problems, we join together on one issue:

I didn't include the issue on purpose. Because her issue is education. Which is a good issue, and one that needs some serious attention. But, while every one can agree that education reform is necessary, if you get three people in a room to talk about it, you're guaranteed to hear at least two diametrically opposed views on what constitutes education reform.

So I took a step backards. And what I came up with--no, what YOU came up with, was Accountability and Transparency.

I think this should be our starting point. This is as nonpartisan as an issue can be.

And you are all welcome to copy my little graphic and use as you wish.



Anonymous Boni said...

Sounds good to me. I'm on board.

9:35 PM, August 10, 2005  
Blogger Jessica said...

Nice graphic.

5:33 AM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

Oh Jessica...
I'll bet you say that to ALL the burned-out paranoid bloggers.


5:49 AM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger ticharu said...

Northern Minnesota is pretty close to Canada

6:04 AM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

So go.


7:29 AM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

You should prin these as bumpersickers and sell them. You're right, education is anothe diametric issue and we really need something we can all come together on. Education reform is something that must be done on a local scale. I'm still going to work on it and push for it. And I could use some help.

But, since we've come up with a slogan, now we need to decide how to use it. I think posting it everywhere so that people see it is important. I also think we all need to write about why demanding these things is important. We're all burned out and paraniod, but there are still things we can do.

11:31 AM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

what she said.


1:05 PM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger ticharu said...

No, I'm preppin' for the end right where I'm at dude, besides, Canada is too l-l-liberal! (coughgageweeze)

2:07 PM, August 11, 2005  
Anonymous Boni said...

Cindy Sheehan is already demanding accountability from Pres. Bush in the most dynamic and powerful way.
Check out this link

If you sell any bumper stickers don't I get a royalty?
(Just kidding.)

4:16 PM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger mal said...

is accountability non partisan though? right now it seems as if "accountability" is for whoever the "other" party is. eg, the Clinton perjury mess, the Rove mess,,,it seems who ever is "clean" is great about holding the other folks accountable but not thier own.

Now if we can figure out how to make accountability and responsibility an absolute rather than a relative

5:11 PM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger mal said...

Ticharu, you folks on the Tundra are too busy protecting Canada from Iowa to worry about much else *G*

5:14 PM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Accountability is definitely non-partisan. I wrote about it on my blog. We need to demand accountability from everyone. We have stopped asking why for some reason and as a society, we've started to accept what's fed to us. There are those of us who know it's all bullshit, but unless we all come together and demand o know wha the hell is going on and how we got this way, we're never going to be able to make anything better.

5:44 PM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

boni: sure. i'll send you half of what i make from it--which will be nothing.

Mallory: Transparancy has been the cover word for Republican attack machines since Nixon resigned. It needs to be taken away from that context. It needs people from both sides demanding it from not only the other party, but their parties as well.

That's why I welcome Patrick Fitzgerald's investigation not only into the Valerie Plame 'outing,' but also the growing scandal involving teachers' pensions in Illinois.


9:43 PM, August 11, 2005  
Anonymous Boni said...

One way we can demand accountability is to support the groups that actively pursue it. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is a non-profit, progressive legal watchdog group dedicated to holding public officials accountable for their actions. CREW drafted the complaint against Tom DeLay, filed by former Congressman Chris Bell, for which DeLay was admonished last year. Go on their site where they have a hair-raising story about Jack Abramoff and Ohio Representative Bob Ney (Republican) and their involvement in the purchasing of SunCruz gambling ships for which Abramoff was recently indicted...the story involves 23 million in unpaid debt, an unsolved murder, and...connections to organized crime. Here's the link:

8:47 AM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger United We Lay said...

Bonu - Thanks for the link

9:11 AM, August 12, 2005  
Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

I agree. But it's easier said than done. In Florida we have The Sunshine Law, which demands more accountability of our government than most states do. Of course we still have corruption, but they have to work harder at it.

8:28 AM, August 13, 2005  
Anonymous Boni said...

This is a direct quote from a CNN article about Jack
Abramoff's indictment on wire fraud:

"Abramoff's lawyers have said he did nothing wrong and that he and partner Michael Scanlon are being singled out for activities that are commonplace in Washington."

Exactly why we need more accountability and transparency...

8:49 AM, August 13, 2005  
Blogger Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

Move Canada to you.

12:58 PM, August 19, 2005  

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