Saturday, November 15

If You're Out There

Once again it's been a long time. I miss you guys. I miss this - the act of typing my thoughts onto a clean sheet of virtual paper and starting a conversation with my minions. It is good to be back.
So here we go:

Everyone is talking about the President Elect. They're talking about everything from his choice of cabinet members to puppies. People are interested and that's great. Here's what I'm interested in: PEO (Pres Elect Obama) has talked about new national service initiatives and I cannot stress enough how important I think they are. Now you may think that in a time of global recession when violence and disease are on the rise worldwide that expanding the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps or trying to duplicate the success of Teach For America is something that should be shuffled into the background - at least until we can more readily afford it or until we are more safe.

BUT

Now is the time. This is when we need each other most. We need not just inspiration but perspiration if we are going to dig ourselves and help dig the rest of the world out of the hole we're in. The basic plan is to exchange up to $3000 in college scholarships to state supported schools for service. The service can be completed before or after college and would cover everything from military service to Peace Corps, fire, police or teachers, doctors and nurses, home builders and community organizers here and abroad.

If this comes to pass a student looking for help with college tuition could build houses in New Orleans for a couple years. Or distribute mosquito nets in Kenya. Or teach in rural West Virginia. Or work as a nurse in New Mexico...Liberia...Bosnia...literally anywhere people need nurses...so hmm... that would be anywhere. We're talking about a massive amount of Americans going out into the world not with guns but with help. We're talking about a worldwide makeover for our country.

What this offers is help to our citizens who are hurting - we provide services for the poor and disenfranchised and educational opportunities (higher and real world) for our young people. We, as a country, learn to give to each other again and to see some good in government again.

What this offers is a new face to present to the world. Not only citizen soldiers, but also citizens, mobilizing to help fight in new ways. We can help fight malaria. We can help bring clean water to new regions around the globe. We can help educate, we can help heal.

What this offers is validation to entire generations of Americans. To all of those 25 and under who are tired of being told that they are the 'Me' generation or slackers or that they aren't living up to...whatever...well, here you go. Here's your chance. To all the Baby Boomers looking back on their lives and wondering what legacy they'll be leaving behind - how about a second career in service?

Let's regain some self respect as a nation. Let's gain some respect as a leader in the eyes of the world. Let's start to foster an ideal of service to this nation. Let's redefine what national service means. Let's not even wait for Inauguration Day - let's start today.

Commit yourself to doing something in your community. Take action. Volunteer. Drop off food at a food bank. Bet your friends and neighbors to see who can find the most stuff to donate in their houses. Call your local City Hall for a list of volunteer organizations in your town. Go to your church, synagogue or mosque. Go to your child's school. Go to any school. Become a volunteer firefighter or a child advocate with the police. Form a neighborhood watch. Coach pee wee football. Become a big brother or sister. Donate to Toys for Tots. Email me with a list of things you like to do and get personal volunteer suggestions from your very own G!

My point is that there is something that everyone, at every economic, social and free time level can do. So get excited about PEO, I am. But could we also get ready to do some work? Could we also get ready to explain and defend, pass and enact, oversee and evaluate a domestic agenda? It's up to us to make sure that the things we care about happen - and happen in as pure a form as is possible in politics. In electing PEO we elected ALL OF US because he cannot do it alone. My hope is that he will tell us that and ask us to work with him. I think there are millions of Americans waiting to be asked.

Now - In case any of my minions are still waiting here you go: Email me now! We will make a plan for you to start doing one thing each month - either volunteering or gifting. Let's get to work.

Friday, November 14

New Sponsor!!!

Hey minions - guess what?

We have sponsorship! Yes, people do love your very own G. Please be good little minions and check out our sponsor links to your right...

and feel free to do a little happy dance...

be back soon!

G

Tuesday, November 11

HEEELLLPPP!!!

OK minions, you profess your love for the G, but now I need you to step up.

Five members of the Cali contingent of the Family of G will be in the DC area from Jan 19-22 for the inauguration and are having serious trouble finding a place to stay. Seriously, there's a house renting for $35,000 for the weekend...this is some craziness. So - if any of you could host them - or know someone who could (they'll pay, they aren't as broke as I am) that would be terriffic and would earn you a free Minion t shirt at the VERY least.

Email your G today!!!

Thanks minions!

and once again

I have slacked off. I'm sorry, BUT your very own G will be back soon with daily posts. Things are just slightly more insane than usual right now.

As always, I am reading your guys and secretly watching you with my superpowers...so shape up!

PS - might have a blog sponsor soon, and should that happen I will expect ALL my minions to go check out the sponsor site!

Wednesday, November 5

YES WE DID!

I can't talk right now. There's too much. Just too much.

Thank you Lord. Thank you minions. Thank you America.

Monday, November 3

battleground

"What's it like living in a battleground state?" Monty asked.

In one word? Insane.

90% of the commercials on TV all day long are political in nature. The DNC, RNC, DNCC, RNCC and every candidate from dogcatcher to Presidential is featured. Eventually you get really good at working the mute button on your TV.

I have had conversations about this election in the bathroom at Target, in the checkout line at Food Lion, at work, at home and just about everywhere else in between. The highs are when you see 11,000 people standing outside a stadium to listen to speeches on loudspeakers because they didn't get there early enough to beat the 12,000 who fit IN the stadium. The lows come when you watch the dirty ads and hear people on the street repeating them.

I feel almost like the kids in Chicago in 68. A little battered and sore, but totally sure that 'The whole world is watching' and determined. If we lose Virginia it will not be for lack of trying. I went to a GOTV rally this weekend and saw Chris Rock. I got yelled at the next day by a grandma when I was going door to door.

What's it like? I'm still in it, I have no idea.

Ask me next week.