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Are We Alive

I have worked very hard this week. The pain in my body reminds me that I am alive. Yet as I work to motivate people in Mississippi to come together to make a plan for the progressives in the state, I wonder if our cause is a lost one. I wonder what does it take to keep the energy alive.

The people in Wisconsin have been ordered home by a judge. The governor of Wisconsin plans to arrest the Dems who fled the state. Ohio legislature has passed legislation to nullify unions. The Republicans in Mississippi run for public office unchallenged. I however am having a very hard time getting people in Mississippi to host a planning party.

I wonder if I am alone in feeling a sense if urgency? If I am alone then why? Am I the only one not willing to just rollover and take what the Tea Party lead GOP is handing out. When do we come alive?

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