Sun Feb 26, 2012, 01:31 PM
Alan Grayson (435 posts)
The Zeitgeist Award
Tonight are the Academy Awards. We would like to nominate Alan Grayson for an award that doesn’t exist. But if it did exist, he would win it. It’s the Zeitgeist Award for 2011.
The German word zeitgeist means the spirit of the times. And although we admit to being somewhat biased, we can’t think of any other candidate who so captured the spirit of the times during the past year.
For sure Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul have not; it’s hard to believe that any of them even can win their nomination, because they are so completely out of touch with the spirit of the times.
Ask yourself, which public figure’s articulate and succinct explanation of the Occupy Wall Street movement earned the first standing ovation for a guest in the 10-year history of Bill Maher’s show Real Time on HBO? Which became the second most watched news video in the world during the following week (beaten out only by a clip of a bullfight gone terribly wrong)? That was Alan Grayson.
Ask yourself, which public figure’s stirring words about inequality in America were literally made into a popular song? That was Alan Grayson.
Ask yourself, which public figure had the courage to point out on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC that America has the fifth most unequal distribution of wealth in the world? And who then documented that for Politifact, resulting in Politifact’s most viewed fact-check of 2011 -- not to mention Politifact’s third most-viewed fact check of 2011 as well? That was Alan Grayson.
Ask yourself, who had the guts to document what the Bush tax breaks for the rich are worth each year for Rush Limbaugh ($2,689,135), Glenn Beck ($1,512,352) , Sean Hannity ($1,006,352), Bill O’Reilly ($914,352), Sarah Palin ($638,352), Newt Gingrich ($247,352) and George W. Bush himself ($187,552)? That was Alan Grayson.
Ask yourself, which public figure collected over 100,000 signatures on a petition to oppose any and all cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and then personally delivered that petition to the White House? That was Alan Grayson.
Ask yourself, which House candidate, understanding how fed up we all are with lobbyists and PACs and $5000 checks, has turned to ordinary people to support his campaign, and as a result has received contributions from more people in the last six month than any House challenger in the entire country, and more than 434 out of 435 current members of the House? That was Alan Grayson.
Alan Grayson, winner of the Zeitgeist Award for 2011. He says the things that we are all thinking, but no one else is saying. He focuses on what really matters. He speaks for all of us.
Now let’s get him back in Congress. Click here to show your support.
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Mon Feb 27, 2012, 11:10 AM
bluedigger (12,528 posts)
2. You have my vote, Alan!
For the Zeitgeist Award, only. You'll have to be content with the money I donated last week, for now, though, as it will be a cold day in the Four Corners when I take up residence in Florida. ( And thanks for the OccupyDenver video - I hadn't seen it and it was great! )
My vote is still available in 2016.
Now, can we talk about DU jury duty?
You have civic obligations, you know.