Cyndi McCoy: Too many primary colors come out black
November 7, 2008
I wouldn’t really want MAD magazine mascot Alfred E. Neuman to be president, but I never thought the light-hearted joke would raise the judgmental eyebrow of friends.
Always known for my feisty rebellion and humor, I don’t like to talk politics ” never have. Now, I know this column could be considered in the general neighborhood, but I assure you I’ll be taking the scenic byway.
Politics are complex. I question whether picking the lesser of two or more evils is what’s best for me, for mine, and for the country. I’m not saying I’m pleased or not pleased about the outcome of this year’s election. I vote for change, for tolerance, for open eyes and open hearts, for equality, “for liberty and justice for all.”
To me that means I can feel free to question American politics (and I hate dirty politics almost as much as I hate dirty politicians). I like that I can choose not to talk about who I will and won’t vote for and why or why not. I can fight, for the right, to be in any party. I have a poetic license to ill over the state of the states, if I may so extend that Beastie Boys reference. And when I feel there’s been an injustice, I can speak my mind about it.
For that privilege, I am proud to be a U.S. citizen.
I’m all for everyone just getting along for a greater purpose. Let’s mix the parties up, let’s vote for the vice president, let’s focus on the big picture for all of us, all nations ” things like the environment and world hunger and poverty.
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OK, I’ll step off my soapbox (or two since I’m vertically challenged). At least the election is over for the next four years, but the aftermath of this one is just beginning.
I could use some positive grooves from the Ohm Tribe after all that venting. Speaking of local bands that deliver us from the evils of the daily grind, Grand County band fans may want to clear some time on Sunday. Many of our talents will be playing at
Craigstock West in Denver. Tickets are $10.
The lineup, at Owsley’s, starts at 4 p.m. and includes performances by Matt Petty, Jed Henry, One Time, Stereomaid/Oly, Hunker Down, the Empty Suits, and Jamie Lunde. Other performances include Gravity, Big Richard, James Stinger, Dirty Happy, Swedish Missile Crisis and Midnight Ultra. A portion of the proceeds will go to the National Gene Test Fund to help fight cancer (which took the life of One Time keyboardist Craig Thompson last year).
When you’re out and about, ask Willy if he’s gotten that eyeliner off yet, congratulate Adam Lynam on his new position as Open Mic Night emcee at the Creek, and wish the fourth grade Green Girls LEGO Team from Granby Elementary good luck at their upcoming competition at the Colorado School of Mines.
On a side note, I’d like to thank our readers all the way in Moses Lake, Wash. who wrote in to give kudos on the Larry “DJ Normski” Norman feature. I also learned Hilltop, where Norman started spinning, is a community in Tacoma rather than a town itself.
Food for thought: “Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.” – Richard Armour. “A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.” – Leonard Bernstein.
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