The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Thanks for Christopher Hayes’s “Tuesdays With Rahm” [Oct. 26]. It was insightful, even though Hayes had to keep his sources anonymous. I worked in four states for the Obama campaign. As rugged as that was down in the trenches under the grassroots, it was much simpler than trying to deal with the entrenched conservadems/Blue Dogs in our community Democratic Party organizations. Now that we progressives have segued to become OFA (Organizing for America) community organizers, it’s eye-opening to see how far to the right the Democratic Party is. The conservadems are so delusional as to believe that it was their efforts that got Obama into the White House. These people are so obstructionist, we should write them off as DINOs (Democrats in Name Only) and hand them over to the Republicans no matter what Rahm Emanuel says. Be it known that OFA and the progressive groups are now a well-honed organizing machine, and our voices will be heard.
ANDREW J. Di LIDDO JR.
I was glad to hear a little positive news about the coalfields of Appalachia [Jeff Biggers, “The Coalfield Uprising,” Oct. 19]. I spent a year in eastern Kentucky and saw firsthand the devastation of mountaintop removal. It seems the people of Appalachia are seen as a commodity to be used to dig out the coal and then removed when they get in the way. Most of these families go back nearly two centuries, and many have their ancestors buried on their land. One man showed us that the sludge that was pushed down the mountains had unearthed the coffins of family members buried on his hillside. These “hillbillies” are some of the most beautiful people, living in a beautiful part of the country that is being destroyed by greedy coal companies.
I have recently done a project for a class on the subject of mountaintop removal, and through my research I have discovered much of the ugly truth about it. I am really excited that people are finally starting to publish the truths and are bringing people into the light about the destruction of our beloved mountains. We can only hope that others will read this article and help all of us to take back our mountains, and our well-being. Thank you so much.
Turning on a Dine
Helena Cobban’s profile of Tom Dine, “Confessions of an AIPAC Veteran” [Nov. 2], should’ve been titled “Encomium for an Unrepentant Careerist Pol.” It’s sour grapes, I guess, but, probably like other Americans without steady jobs or healthcare, I found it hard to relate to a guy who takes a big gig at one of the most notorious lobbying outfits, gets ratted out and skips to a series of cushy jobs. An epiphany follows; after eight years of dealing with “these people,” Dine “could look with fresh…eyes and sensitivities at the Palestinians…and ask what was this hate all about?” Learn while you earn. WTF?