Thursday, March 23, 2006

Jimmy Carter Joins the Blogosphere

. . . with this post on Daily Kos requesting support for his son Jack's senatorial candidacy in Nevada. Is that cool or what?

If you want a fascinating read, check out Carter's book Turning Point, which recounts his first political campaign, a successful bid for a seat in the Georgia state senate in 1962. It's a story from another era. Carter had to overcome overtly racist bosses who twisted laws and committed violence to prevent Blacks from registering to vote, while also using their control of local welfare programs to keep the beneficiaries--overwhelmingly white--under their political thumbs.

Now, more than forty years later, Jimmy Carter is still active in supporting progressive change, using new weapons to fight against new forms of repression and fraud. This is a remarkable moment in history.

Welcome to the new grass roots of democracy, Mr. President.

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