This past weekend, I attended an all-day, all-weekend seminar called ?Grassroots Activist Training.? The class was run by a mixed group of organizations that would most likely raise a Republican's blood pressure to explosive levels just on account of their names of their names alone (never mind, just trust me on this). I figured that a fairly recent convert like me could benefit from total immersion in all this, to learn how to be a good Democrat after all those restrained and proper years as a nicey-nice Republican lady.
More importantly, I had become completely fed up with all of the Bush Lies -- an especially virulent sub-form of the Lie Species, and one of the main reasons why I?d turned my coat. I had decided that I needed to mingle with a bunch of like-minded folks who might help me figure out what to do about that.
The seminar opened at 8:30 AM on Saturday morning in the cafeteria/auditorium of a local high school. It was a glorious summer day outside, where most normal people were mall hopping, golfing, going to kids' sports or the swimming pool, and participating in other fun activities. Sitting in the cafeteria/auditorium, we grassroots activists trainees were clearly not normal people. Yet here we were, some hundred and seventy-five masochistic souls, clutching coffee cups as we willingly sacrificed our precious weekend time for a (hopefully) higher purpose.
I knew instantly I was NOT in a staid Republican gathering, as I did not see even one coiffed and manicured, mascara-tipped lady; even one self-important stuffed shirt of any kind, sucking up to more important stuffed shirts. In contrast, I saw a magnificent cross section of today?s America -- all colors, all ages, all kinds of dress (except no buttoned-down shirts). If this was the ?liberal elite,? I recall thinking, then Ann Coulter needs to do a bit more field research.
Out bounded our super-charged leader and head honcho of the seminar: a Bangladeshi-descended Muslim from North Dakota who spoke machine gun colloquial American English, ate bacon, and did not pray 5x a day. The day?s schedule was hand lettered on a strip of butcher paper held up by an assistant, and it was dense and intense. Nothing was scheduled on the hour or the half-hour, it was all like ?8:35-9:05. 9:05-9:40.? And away we went at breath-taking speed.
To be continued....