Getting the Message Out

I just passed a woman standing at the corner of Union and West Main in Portsmouth holding a home-made sign reading:

Try the REPUBLICANS for Change

Now, I don’t know if she intended just to buck the national mantra or if she’s referring to state and municipal elections, to which her message is more clearly applicable. But I love the idea that she had a thought and set about conveying it to hundreds of people, with no apparent direct personal benefit.

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Erik D.
Erik D.
12 years ago

Republicans for change… if you’re referring to the size of future American paychecks maybe.

Ken
Ken
12 years ago

Maybe she was indicating Republican VP candidate Gov.Sara Palin who has been hailed as someone who has fought against corruption needs to change! 1st Troopergate found her guilty and 2nd Troopergate is ongoing now she has Travelgate. It’s reported Clothinggate charges are under review. Latest story: “Palin faces new ethics complaint over kids’ travel 30 October 2008 By RACHEL D’ORO – 18 hours ago ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A new ethics complaint has been filed against Sarah Palin, accusing the Alaska governor of abusing her power by charging the state when her children traveled with her. The complaint alleges that the Republican vice presidential nominee used her official position as governor for personal gain, violating a statute of the Alaska Executive Branch Ethics Act. It follows a report by The Associated Press last week that Palin charged the state more than $21,000 for her three daughters’ commercial flights, including events where they weren’t invited, and later ordered their expense forms amended to specify official state business. In some cases, Palin also has charged the state for hotel rooms for the girls. The complaint released Wednesday says Palin charged the travel costs for events her children were not invited to and where they served in no legitimate state purpose or business. “Governor Palin intentionally secured unwarranted benefits for family members, improperly used state property to benefit her personal and financial interests, and illegally altered documents that were the subject of a Public Records request,” the complaint states. Earlier this month, a legislative report found Palin violated state ethics laws when she fired her public safety commissioner. The state’s Personnel Board also has hired an independent counsel for a similar investigation. Under Alaska law, it is up to the Personnel Board to decide whether Palin violated state law. The attorney general’s office… Read more »

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

Ken-I didn’t realize palin was running for president

Ken
Ken
12 years ago

Joe,
She is not running for president but maybe starting to be a drag on McCain and the party.
As I indicated above:
“Republican VP candidate Gov.Sara Palin”

Andrew
Andrew
12 years ago

The only way to promote change in RI is to elect members of the opposition party. That means the Republican Party here in RI. Now i know people around here have to wear garlic around their neck and sprinkle holy water on their ears if you utter the word “Republican”. But if you truly want to change things you need to elect the person with the R next to their name. Vote Republican in RI on Tuesday, November 4th.

Ken
Ken
12 years ago

Andrew, You want me to blindly vote for every (R) without question for “Change”! Sara Palin (R) in a speech was trying to make a case linking Senator Obama (D) to a PLO spokesman named Rashid Khalidi trying to cast doubt on Senator Obama loyalty to America. Guess what according to an article at Abcnews.com, ties exist between Rashid Khalidi, who has been identified as a “PLO spokesman” by the McCain-Palin campaign, with the International Republican Institute (IRI), where Senator McCain (R) is chairman, having served in the position since 1993, providing funding to the organization, Center for Palestine Research and Studies, which was co-founded by Professor Khalidi. In 1993, McCain became chairman of the International Republican Institute. He still chairs that respected organization. According to tax returns, the McCain-chaired IRI funded the organization Khalidi founded and served on to the tune of $448,873 in 1998 The IRI continued to give money to the CPRS after Khalidi left the group as well. Rhode Island might have lost its title as the smallest and most corrupt state in the nation because Alaska may be the second youngest state in the country, but it’s also one of the most corrupt. The state’s entire congressional delegation — Sens. Ted Stevens (R) (GUILTY) and Lisa Murkowski (R) and Rep. Don Young (R) — is now embroiled in a series of scandals and criminal investigations that threaten to topple Alaska’s oil industry-friendly political leadership. Much of the corruption involves Alaska’s largest oil-field engineering firm, Veco Corp., which is entwined in a broad federal investigation that has led to the indictment of four current and former Alaska politicians and ensnared former Alaska Senate President Ben Stevens, son of Ted Stevens. There are 4 current ethics violations filed against Gov. Sara Palin. 1 has found her (GUILTY).… Read more »

Monique
12 years ago

Damn. We need to beatify her. Or at least take her picture and post it.
Go, woman!

Ken
Ken
12 years ago

Monique,
Do you prefer milk, cream, lemon, or none in your tea during afternoon high tea?

Phil
Phil
12 years ago

Justin
The woman in question is most likely deranged. Your duty as a passerby should have been to stop and engage her in enough conversation to determine if she was aware of her surroundings, if she was coherent, if she knew the date, who was president etc.. In short you should have tried to see if she was a danger to herself or anyone else in the area and then called 911.

James L.
James L.
12 years ago

It constantly amazes me how when people think of politics, they get tunnel vision and only think of the national stage. There’s more to politics than Washington. As Tip O’Neill famously said, “All politics is local”. I’m pretty sure the woman was referring to local politics. I’ve been trying to tell people the same thing. I hear all the Obama supporters in RI talking about “Hope” and “Change”, but then they also want to vote Democrat in RI. That’s not hope or change, that’s hopeless and more of the same. If you truly want change, go ahead and vote for Obama, but in RI, vote Republican. Our problems in RI are not because of the Republicans, as we have so few in office. Vote out the Democratic incumbents. They’re the ones who have gotten us into this mess. They’re the ones causing the problems in RI. If you truly want local change, then yes, try the Republicans.

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

Phil-Biden is change?And change is overrated if it’s the wrong kind of change.

Anonymous
Anonymous
12 years ago

This is off topic, but I just visited RIFuture.org for the first time since I-can’t-remember-when. I am posting here because in order to have my thoughts posted over there requires a registration card, and I frankly don’t want any of my personal information to wind up in the ether. That being said, after scrolling around for a bit, I quickly remembered why I haven’t visited the site for so long: It’s because I can’t. It’s negative, biting and ripe with personal attacks. What’s more frightening — on this All Hallow’s Eve, no less — is that despite their obvious bias and unabashed propagandist tactics, they are positioning themselves as reporters. I noticed Ian over at Not For Nothing has a similar post up at the moment wondering if blogs will represent a golden age in journalism. With sites like RIFuture and DailyKos representing the blogosphere, I for one, frankly hope not. Let me also say that I also hope Anchor Rising does not become our state’s “paper of record” either. It’s one thing to make fun of the news. It’s another to dissect and discuss it. But to act as a de facto media outlet of a particular ideology on one hand and then turn around and somehow hold yourself above legitimate news organizations is disturbing and goes to illustrate just how close we are to obliterating the line between news and propaganda. It is a shame what is happening to our Providence paper. Perhaps if they were doing a better job providing more comprehensive local coverage, ideological bloggers wouldn’t be on the verge of claiming the mantle of “reporters.” Do blogs take out libel insurance? Do they protect themselves from suit the same way as news organizations need to? Are there any measures to ensure that they are not… Read more »

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

Well said, Anon.
As much as we all love to hammer newspaper and the rest of the MSM, what would bloggers have to chew on without them?
As that plaque on Patrick Lynch’s desk says, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Bloggers, talk radio hosts and callers, etc., love to wield the power, but is it acceptable to shirk the responsibility?
Do we want a nation without libel and slander laws?

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