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“Why Glenn Beck, and Fox News, can’t escape the ‘racist’ trap” (http://mediamatters.org/columns/200909010007) recounts the corner that Mr. Beck has painted himself into by calling Obama a racist, and then reaffirming it on his national Fox News broadcast.  50 advertisers and counting have now left his show, including a who’s who of corporate giants that most shows only dream of.  I posted the following comment on Digg and Stumbleupon.

I smell a Saul Alinsky moment here. Saul is the 60’s community organizer who figured out that if you organized the neighbors to, say, get together and call the city to clean up the vacant lot down the street, that this would create functional units of organized community that would naturally come together to address bigger and bigger community problems.

I believe it’s good that we start with the cases that are most egregious in the public’s mind, such as Beck. But this organizational moment is very precious and should not be wasted. Saul’s leaning were decidedly to the left, but his methods have been embraced by many on the right. Ultimately the net effect here may be to take more power away from big money corporations and we will be less at the (self-perceived) mercy of heartless organizations that we all unwittingly support. (That’s my fairy tale for today anyway.)

A standing round of applause for ColorofChange.org! Bravo!

Here is letter addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid prompted by a Ryan Grim article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/01/banks-favorite-dem-set-to_n_273237.html)

Dear Senator Harry Reid,

I am writing with great concern regarding the prospective opening of the Banking Committee chairmanship in the coming year, and the practice of assigning such positions based on seniority.  I am particularly concerned that Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota NOT get the chairmanship.  Given his state’s status as a home to many credit card giants and “liberal” state laws on banking, I believe that Mr. Johnson has an effective conflict of interest.  My concern is reinforced by Mr. Johnson’s poor legislative history on consumer protection and credit card regulation issues.

As you know there is a push through sweeping financial regulations`reforms in the coming year, including the creation of a government panel that would regulate financial products with an eye toward consumer protection. All of that would go through the Banking Committee.

There is a very inappropriate arbitrariness to assigning power positions purely based on seniority.  While I do not support the practice in general, I think the results would be particularly egregious in this case.  Please do not destroy this historic opportunity to advance major financial industry reforms by assigning the fox the chairmanship of the henhouse.

Many thanks for all your hard work promoting progressive reforms for America

Best Regards,
Paul R. Frank

IN MEMORIUM, SENATOR EDWARD “TEDDY” KENNEDY, 1932-2009

Senator "Teddy" Kennedy
Senator “Teddy” Kennedy

We will march for the the public option in health care reform in honor of  Senator Teddy Kennedy on Grandparent’s Day, Sunday, September 13th in Washington, D.C. and in other major cities around the country.

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“When Teddy Comes Marching Home Again”

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When Teddy comes marching home again.  Hurrah, hurrah.

D.  C. on  Grandparent’s Day,  Hurrah, hurrah.

We’ll take to the streets in a silent storm,

Our cause is Teddy’s health care reform.

As the church bells peal on that Sunday morn.

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If Teddy is more than his body then he is here with us today.   He is marching us with step by step, heartbeat by heartbeat, mile by mile.  Teddy described health care reform as “The Cause of His Life”

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When Teddy comes marching home again,  Hurrah,  hurrah.

The place is here and now is when,  Hurrah, hurrah.

A father’s tear, a child’s smile,

As we join hands for the last mile

We will retire the no-treatment  strife,

….for the joy of the loving wife,

……..The Cause of Teddy’s Life.

(To the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”)

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See “The Cause of My Life”  by Edward M. Kennedy at http://www.newsweek.com/id/207406/

(Photo from AP @http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/08/26/ted-kennedy-dead-legendar_n_268978.html)

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