THE MACHINE BREAKS DOWN
DEMOS INSIST ON THEIR CRATIA
I stood in line for almost three hours tonight, waiting to caucus. I had no idea what that was, nor did most of my fellow attendants. But we waited, together. Alone, as Nazim Hikmet says, like a single tree, in the brotherhood of the forest.
Every sort of human being was there on that winding, doubling-back, seemingly endless line of raw people-power, like a crackling chord of electrical potential, winding in upon itself for ever more power.
I have not experienced such power, such joy, since the late, lamented Sixties, when Prague and Paris, Berkeley and Columbia were in open exstatic rebellion. Viva la fuckin' Revolucion, hermanos y hermanas.
Yes, worthy siblings, the time of our lives has come again. What we do matters, by goddesses it does. Now is the time for all good men to serve their country. Clackety clack. DO talk back.
That sweet, ineffable effing smell is freedom. Yes, its back. So the times, they are a changin', at last, again. Change with us.
No bunch of Party hacks & apparatchiks can stop us. No determined rednecks dare gainsay so many. Open your mouth, and ye shall receive an affirmation a long time coming. It's time. Hurry up, please, it's time.
Thirty-five thousand Hawaiians can't be wrong!
Even more so than Washington and Wisconsin, look for an Obama landslide in the Aloha State, Diana, despite the frantic Machine effort for Billary. The lines were around the block multiple times, everywhere. Caucusing went up from an historical max here of 5k to more like 30k, I'd guess. (Returns not in till morning.)
It's our Party, and we'll vote if we want to, vote if we want to. You would vote too if it mattered to you! Da-da-da-da DAH! : )
Not a "HILLARY" button in sight! You never saw a more orderly yet joyous crowd in your life. I think everyone knew that they were making real history by the simple act of taking their lives in their own hands. It was truly a Sixties moment. Democracy, baby, it's a beautiful thing. Democrats oughta try it more often!
Other than sex, food, water and air, I've never seen so many people want something so bad. Old, young, rich, poor, students, workers, blacks, whites, Latinos, Asians, Polynesians, gays, straights, Vietnam Vets, Iraq Vets, WWII vets, Korean Vets, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Confucians, Animists, Wiccans, agnostics, atheists, Locals, Haoles, Hawaiians. Patiently, we waited, together, to change the world.
Prague Spring, anyone? No Russian tanks coming, no matter what McCain says.
I stayed in line for almost 3 hours, just to write "BARACK OBAMA" on a tiny scrap of paper after the ballots ran out. I haven't felt so righteous, politically, since the time I had to go to Court to vote against Bonzo! But that's another story .
I was too conservative: The turnout was up not by a factor of five or six, but 7.4364.
Read it and weep, Powers That Be:
HONOLULU ADVERTISER Wednesday, 20 FEB 2007
"Obama wins Hawaii in a landslide"
"Obama had 28,347 votes, or 76 percent, to U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton's 8,835 votes, or 24 percent, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting."
"The caucuses have typically drawn fewer than 5,000 people in the past but got more than  times that figure last night."
That's 37,182 caucusers instead of 5,000. That's 32,187 "New Democrats." And that's just the hard core that braved balmy tropical breezes and temps in the mid-70s to "caucus" (?). The arab-street here says there will be a similarly huge and enthousiastic turnout for Barack here in November, breaking all records, as noted by even Clintonite old-guard local-Japanese-elite Machine Democrat-in-Chief Senator Daniel "Watergate" Inouye, who single-handedly won WWII, and should know.
The local Democratic Party will never be the same. It's the biggest event in Hawaii politics since Inouye & Co took over the Democratic Party in the 1940s-50s. It could be the beginning of the end of their monolithic, self-serving, ethno-centric, anti-progressive stranglehold on the Party, and the State.
HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN Wednesday, 20 FEB 2007
"Neighbor island polls draw thousands"
"Nearly 1,000 people stood in line for about an hour to vote in one of the three districts at the center. People brought their dogs and their children, caught up with neighbors and, in general, tried to figure out exactly which line to stand in.
'This is the best party in town,' said Judy Louie, a Kilauea resident voting in her first caucus.
While Louie said she voted for Barack Obama, her friend, Toni Childs, was a Clinton supporter. The two said that the important thing was voting to make a difference.
'We finally have hope for change,' Childs added."
If, according to the local papers, the Hillary vote was regular "traditional" Dems, and the Obama vote was us irregular and "New Democrats," then we have done exactly what I've been exhorting people to do here: Rise up and take over the Party by sheer strength of numbers.
The real test will be how many people really get involved and stay involved, to keep the Party and its' candidates out of the pockets of special interests who do not represent the rest of us, the real majority.
This is what US pol's since Jefferson and Adams have feared: That the great inchoate mass of the people, the 60-80 per cent who opt out or are left out in every election, should suddenly coalesce into a real force for change.
For the comfortable Powers That Be, of course, change is never good. For the rest of us, it all depends upon who manages it. If it isn't us, it won't be to our benefit.
We've only just now taken Step One here in the Aloha State. Step Two requires hard work and a willingness to stay on the job. But if last night's glorious turnout was any indication, not only can we do this, but it might actually be fun!
However, if we let go of the wheel now, someone else is already waiting to grab it. And who knows where we'll end up then? As the fellow in Pere Lachaise says, keep your eyes on the road, your hand upon the wheel.
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