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Anne Lamott at TPMCafe

Another reason to like it: Anne Lamott is blogging at Talking Points Cafe also...Here are excerpts from her first post....

"I was so honored when Josh asked me to be part of the TPM Cafe, but have been trying ever since to get him to toss me overboard. Believe me, I do not fit in at all: I am a Christian, which if you ask me, is right up there with people who believe in pyramid power. Also, I have little college education or ability to frame political arguments in ways that might be useful or galvanizing; and furthermore, menopause has not helped my clarity and focus as much as I had been hoping.

However, I do feel passionately about a couple of things right now, so I'll just share those things.

One is Jesus, and his message of peace and love and kindness and taking care of the poor: I cannot reconcile my faith with that of the theocrats in the White House, because I think they have gotten it so wrong. For instance, I read the New Testament nearly every day, and yet cannot find anything about handing out guns to everyone, especially to the angriest and most bigoted Americans. Also, I cannot find anything about tax cuts, imperialism, or destroying the forests. But then, I do not claim to be a good Christian, and in fact, have been referred to in the press as being a crabby believer, and this is true. However, I do know that Jesus always, a hundred percent of the time, stood up for the least amongst us, not just the stock and bond traders.

Jesus always maintained that hitting first was the mark of evil, and yet, our country and Iraq are both being destroyed by America's pre-emptive war. Hasn't this administration ever heard of the word 'karma'? And I've said this way too many times already—but not to you, so maybe it is—but you KNOW that you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people that you do. Yet Jesus didn't hate anyone.

I can actually say that after 4 1/2 years of therapy and intense spiritual healing, I no longer hate George Bush. But at the same time, I have committed my life to his overthrow. I mean 'overthrow' in a loving, Christian way: I believe there are some perfectly good jobs out there to which his unique talents and interests are uniquely suited. But this President thing is not working out.

This brings me to a second point about which I care passionately: How does a nice Christian girl like myself help foment revolution? My son is two years away from draft age, and I am wondering if it will take a reinstatement of the draft for the anti-war Movement to roar back to life. Nixon—who seems like such a nostalgic simple cloth-coat kind of despot now, compared to Bush—was smart when he ended the draft. Demonstrations stopped about an hour later, because two thirds of the young were suddenly off the hook. This is one reason there are not mass demonstrations on college campuses now—also, because it is not in students best interests to rise up, what with gigantic school loans and terrible job prospects ahead of them. So if they aren't going to lead the movement, who is?

... But where are our leaders? There's Move-on.com and Codepink, but where are the loud voices from the Senate, like that ethereal poet, Eugene McCarthy? I cried for days when Wellstone died—he was my guy, and Feingold may become a great leader, but is not electric yet. And where are our Berrigan Brothers? Our Dr. King?

People after the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 said the most frightening thing of all was the deafening silence afterwards, and that is what's most chilling now. The right has terrified so many good and brave people into submission and silence, into caring about Mark Petersen and Terry Schiavo and the finger in the Wendy's chili. But as we Christians like to say, Now is the day of salvation. It is really time to begin anew; now. "

Amen.
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