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I am newly unemployed thanks to the Hostess hedge funds. I married into a top notch gene pool and have two genius daughters to show for it.
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My political story
I vote Democratic because I want to bend the arc of history to the left. I don't care about the Democratic Party itself. I voted 3rd party for years and even served a year and a half as a full time volunteer at the Natural Law Party headquarters in Fairfield, Iowa, starting in 1996. We made the ballot in all 50 states just like Perot. They were nuts and I was young so what the hell. I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000. Looking back, not voting for Al Gore is my most regretted vote. By 2004 I had come to terms with the fact that 3rd parties face too many ballot access hurdles to ever affect policy. My fears of a 2nd GWB term made me a Democrat. My youth in Iowa made me addicted to politics, constantly surrounded by the circular and never ending Iowa caucus. My interest in Howard Dean introduced me to the Kos. I lurked for years at the Great Orange Satan until I just couldn't be quiet anymore. Now that I have spent a decade in Kansas, up close and personal with the Koch brothers, I feel that stopping the Republican Party may be the greatest humanitarian cause in the world. The Democratic Party is the only realistic and immediate way I see to slow them down. Unfortunately, less and less Democratic politicians are capable of delivering. I seek "more and better Democrats" for that reason.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
Because I am a Union Thug and if you don't give it to me I will SHUT THIS FUCKING PLACE DOWN! Besides, someone has offered to help find a way to pay my travel. If that falls through I would make sure the administrators had plenty of time to give my spot to someone else.
What first inspired me to get involved
There is no starting point to my interest in politics. My feminist mother and libertarian crazzzzy man father talked politics with me on a regular basis. Living in Iowa meant there was no shortage of politics or politicians. I got into blogging in November, 2012 when I couldn't stand the lies being told to me- about me- by every news source on Earth.
The blog post I am most proud of
In November I wrote "Inside the Hostess Bankery" about the contract offered to the Bakers Union at Hostess. I posted at 5 am and laid down for a few hours. When I woke up it was on the front page of Reddit and CNBC asked me to go on as the voice of a Hostess worker. A day later I heard it read out loud by my favorite Tweeter/Kossack David Waldman on Kagro in the Morning. Thank you DKos community. It would have never had legs without you.
More about my political involvement
I am not currently a member of any political groups other than the Bakers Union. I have tried to keep the truth caught up in media reports about the Hostess hedge funds and the methods and motivations for what they did. I feel a real responsibility to my former Baker friends who need their story told, even if they themselves aren't sure how to tell it. I co-produced a 26 minute documentary about Hostess on Youtube to give our allies the weapons to fight on our side. Two weeks ago I participated in an educational panel about Hostess and the effects of the closing on the city of Biddeford, Me at the invitation of the Southern Maine Labor Council. It went very well and I believe the local media and residents have a clearer understanding of the Bakers point of view, not to mention the TIF money the hedge funds left the city hanging on.
How I've gotten others involved
I am new to this and still learning. Currently I am working to host a similar event to the panel in Maine, but here in Kansas. If it goes well I will seek to do other Hostess home towns. Mostly I want to make sure that everyone understands that the Hostess hedge funds profited 100's of Millions while crying about being bankrupt and eliminating 18,000 jobs. I also participate in UniteBlue on Twitter, which I believe to be a potentially powerful weapon for the left if it stays true to form.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
I believe that I will learn a great deal about spreading my message about hedge fund hijinks and the importance of Union membership. I need to find more effective ways to skip over the media and get the truth out there. I would also like to see if there is any interest in creating a Union version of UniteBlue.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
If you don't push back, then you have lost ground. The comment sections of online posts are the new placards of the picket line.
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
Libertarian-Conservatives Are Republicans With Excuses.
My wild idea for a cool new action
Democrats need to hijack the language of libertarianism. What is the reason public opinion shifted so fast on marriage equality? Who are the people who switched opinions? Didn't they change because they can relate to the idea that the government should not limit rights? I am not saying compete for the crazies with the Koch brothers. But definitely compete for the average voter concerned about government overreach, don't let the Kochs mislead them.
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