"Just Tell Them...

I have worked 40 years to make the Women's Suffrage platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon."

Susan B. Anthony

Friday, January 30, 2009

Astroturf Does Not Equal Grassroots. Real Feminist Series Part Five: Pete Seeger

I just saw THIS FILM which I highly recommend.

While watching, I learned (and remembered) quite a bit ... about the history of the 50s and 60s. In those times, you may recall, the anti-war movement was censored. It gained great power as an underground movement. Because of people like Pete, and Joan Baez, and Arlo Guthrie. Quite unlike today, frankly, where "anti-war" has been co-opted by slick advertisers, with big budgets, to push forward their unsavory agendas and sell their "peace-wares."

I truly wish I knew a way that the young people of today could rise above all that. But, they seem so vulnerable to the propaganda spewn from television sets and radios. And, yes, I'll say it... from Youtube. ***Astroturf does not really equal grassroots. The gullible among us just think it does.*** << Click for video. Sigh.

Anyways... BIG SHOUT OUT to Pete Seeger! For walking the walk, long before he had anybody like Oprah, or Move-On, to finance his videos! Pete is part five in my "Real Feminist" series. A real American freedom fighter, who has given his life for us all.

In the words of Hillary Clinton, "Women's rights are human rights. And human rights are women's rights." Pete has fought the good fight! I think I can safely dub him "Feminist." At age 90, Pete is still a Unitarian, and an activist. And of course, a singer/ songwriter! He is still fighting for us.

Now that deserves a superman suit!

UPDATE: Uppity Woman notes HERE that only us peons are supposed to turn our heat down. Not "The One." And, probably not his rock star "spokespeople" in the astroturf video. A perfect example of the difference between grassroots, and astroturf. Pete woulda turned his heat down.... or gone without.


  1. Lawsuit filed claiming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve

    There were serious questions about the constitutional eligibility of Hillary Clinton to serve as secretary of State. The issue arises from a vote held to raise the Secretary of States salary. Senator Hillary Clinton voted for this increase. The Constitution forbids members of the Senate from being appointed to civil office, such as the Secretary of State, if the "emoluments," or salary and benefits, of the office were increased during the Senator's term.

  2. And the reason you are posting this here is???

    It's a moot point, BTW. And it is why Hillary took a paycut (from the one she voted on for Condi.)

  3. Anonymous12:41 PM

    Looks like a Botspam, I see that one everywhere :)

  4. Yep... it's a shame. But I am back on "moderate" now. Too much spamola.

    Nice to see you here, VB!

  5. What a great topic! The whole "bestest" campaign in the world has been run like a Madison Ave & GOP astroturf thinghie - I still remember when we used to laugh at the identical LTTEs praising Bush and the war.
    And a yell from another Pete Seeger fan.

  6. Anonymous7:12 PM

    Me too, that is, to see me here!

    You should see the response I got on my Jill Biden post on bloggy. Geesh, nobody's happy....lol.