If a tree falls...
the thought that occurred to me which transcended the noteworthiness of charlie's foray into "enemy territory" (i.e. the D-dominated city of lowell) was the irony of his recent absence while tens of thousands of registered voters were roaming the streets of the city during folk fest. seriously, i get why pols prefer to play primarily to their ideological constituencies, but there would seem to be little explanation other than rank opportunism (i.e. the photo op presented by the sex offender in the library episode) that would bring him here to play to exactly four reporters, a republican committee chair and two erstwhile candidates for national office (who were eager or could we say desperate to ride charlie's republican-message coattails) while ignoring the largest public folk festival crowd in north america that was here only a few days ago.
but, don't get me wrong. i liked charlie well enough. he's thoughtful, well-spoken, and on the right side of a good issue here. of course, i didn't think so well of one of the coattailers, who was thumping the law-and-order rulebook just a bit too disingenuously for my preference. (while charlie was rightfully referencing past deliberations on fair treatment to all, including those bearing their just punishments as offenders, this not-so-thoughtful public office wannabe was playing the "but they're PUBLIC RECORDS" rant that thoroughly misses the point of what's public, and what's pushed out there via things like google that make historical referencepoints all but worthless, and the whole registry thing SO important to get right, but, of course, i digress).
i did get to ask sam meas directly about his anti-illegal-immigration position, in light of my opinion that we are cutting off our own economic noses to spite our xenophobic faces to be erecting fences and policing borders, and we agreed to disagree on what our first priority should be. (sam says arming the border, and arresting and deporting people everywhere they can be found, while i say finding ways for those who want to be here for all the right reasons to ALL be here for all the right reasons, just like it says on the statue of liberty and in our "all men are created equal" declaration of independence, and keeping effective tabs on them (i.e. ensuring our own security), and collecting all the fairly-owed taxes, but, once again, i digress).
quote of the day, from one of the folks on the crew who has worked for both D and R political campaigns, to my expressed disappointment that party politicians these days seem to spend the majority of their time and resources opposing the other party and it's people regardless of the positions taken, was "you're not wrong".
nope, i'm not.
edited to add: i got the "public office wannabe" part wrong--she's not running for office, despite all indication of being a palm-pressing pol on the trail--she's laurie meyers, of chelmsford, who gives every impression she would be perfectly happy if we were painting door lintels with six-pointed stars. excuse my insensitivity, and please understand i'm a father who puts the safety of his children behind no effort spared, but there's public safety, the public's right to know, and somewhere, SOMEWHERE, there remains the right of every citizen to have their own interests at least considered before the match is set to the pyre beneath their spot on the lynching tree. or maybe laurie can tell me why my daughter and sons are safer once all the offenders are driven from every aspect of responsible society--from their jobs and their homes and their families--and into the street derelict and looking for "something to do".