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Mistress Marilyn's POV
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Gene McCarthy dead . . . 
10th-Dec-2005 08:18 pm
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Just thinking about one of my all-time political icons, Eugene McCarthy, dead at 89.

One of the most intellectual, truly inspirational men who ever went into politics (which seems impossible now). After Bobby was assassinated (one of the low points of my life), I got politicized by McCarthy (one of the high points). I was years from being able to vote (13?), but I'll never forget going downtown and working at his campaign headquarters. I looked too 'hippie-ish' to be handing stuff out on the street, and they were trying to keep his image more mainstream.

Charlie and I went to see McCarthy speak, and we had his campaign song on a record: "If you love your country, and the things for which it stands, vote for Gene McCarthy and bring peace to this our land!"

Peace.

Vietnam.

Iraq.

What a crock.

The 1968 Democratic convention was one of the most bitter times in American politics, and it ruined me for years and years. I just didn't give a damn anymore (even though my well-to-do grandparents in Minnesota were crowing; they used to get a Christmas card from Humphrey every year).

Have I mentioned that I wouldn't give up even one year of my life and experiences, even if it erased every wrinkle from my face . . . and if you're a troll and looking at this entry and thinking how old I must be, you're absolutely, completely fucking wrong. And I feel sorry for you.
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11th-Dec-2005 04:37 am (UTC) - Wow...
I can't get over the things you've seen and done. Very cool, MM. I remain impressed. (Sincerely.)

Have I mentioned that I wouldn't give up even one year of my life and experiences, even if it erased every wrinkle from my face . . . and if you're a troll and looking at this entry and thinking how old I must be, you're absolutely, completely fucking wrong. And I feel sorry for you.

No shit! Go YOU! (And give 'em hell, girl. Give 'em hell!)

I really love you.

Love,

Bri (who can't begin to imagine what those memories must be worth to you... and is giving you a GOLD star...)
11th-Dec-2005 04:59 am (UTC)
You know, I don't think of you as old - you're ever so much more interesting than most of the people I know. Old is a state of mind, and really I don't think that is a word that will ever describe you. Anyone who dismisses you based on a number is an idiot and it's their loss, really.

I had a 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Norris. Probably in her sixties, I don't know. But she had this long gorgeous gray hair, a face full of wrinkles, and she wore tight jeans and platform shoes. She was cool as hell, not old. That's you - cool as hell.

Fuck anyone who doesn't think so.
11th-Dec-2005 10:18 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. I never consider you old, but I wasn't born yesterday myself :-)
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