We saw the writing on the wall. We took all we had and like the early pioneers set out. But instead of going to California we went to Red States.
At first we were well received. The little Nebraska town we moved to seemed happy to welcome us. They had never seen people like us up close, but we soon convinced them that we meant no harm. Money was declining in value, but a little goes a long way in most Red States, particularly in the most depressed rural areas.
The first trouble came in 2016 when all of us registered as true blue Democrats. The local papers ran stories saying that Democratic registration had increased by a staggering rate. We began to feel serious heat.
It got worse when the Democrats won the House that year.
We began to note another phenomenon. In a migration game, two can play. There began to be a sort of gerrymandering volkerwanderung. GOP sorts began moving to Alabama.
When the New York Times ran a two page spread on this movement, speculating on the possibility that there might be permanent end to divided government, I knew that we had arrived. Which is usually the signal for a new plan.
It was not hard to figure the next iteration. Fracking had proved to be the exact bust we all said it would be. We decided to create new communities, combine our resources to enable sustainability to become a reality via community purchases. We had learned from our elders that there were things that work and things that don't work. We held our breath and moved forward. As the weather forced more and more to consider where they would go.
Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.
This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.
Later, when Irene joined our group to form a travelling company performing "New Rain", I learned to pick out a …
To counter the invidious efforts of Karl Rove and the Brothers Koch, simple videos of everyday people expressing gratitude for specific results from specific things that the President has achieved will create a signature response that will turn the tables on the Super PACs.
There could be an intro that flags lies distortions and anonymous attacks as unreal and even criminal and a cut to what is real, recognizable and not anonymous I am (name). I have lived here in (name) for (time). Thanks to (President Obama's (name) Act ... and so forth for ten seconds. Close with a continuation of the story narrated over evocative images and simple acoustic music.
This would be a fantastic way to counter the attacks on the President. For every specific attack, a video that shows the truth. And grass roots people who intend to vote for the President.