by Peter Freyne
Here's tonight's sunset on the Burlington, Vermont shoreline. 'Twas kind of special, eh? And warm like a spring evening. This was taken at 4:40 p.m. - alas, the season of the early night is upon us! But the light, the light that counts, has begun to shine in America after a very, very long absence.
I've been deliberately letting it all sink in slowly. Deliberately savoring the tactile restoration of my faith in democracy. Did I ever tell you about Uncle Peter?
"Member of the IRA. Killed in Action Against Forces of the Crown, North Wall, Dublin. April 11, 1921. He Died for Ireland."
Democracy was but a dream for the 17 year old Kilkenny farm boy who became a gunman and freedom fighter in the Michael Collins IRA of 1920-21. The Anglo-Irish Treaty reached in December 1921 spared my captured and imprisoned father-to-be, Frank Freyne, 19, his execution in Kilmainham Gaol. Kind of made it possible for me to be here in 2006 blogging away about subjects like democracy!
On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 A.D., the American people, through a mechanism, a procedure, a system called "democracy" non-violently changed the political power structure of the most powerful nation on Earth - without firing a shot.
D-e-m-o-c-r-a-c-y. Use it or lose it. Ever catch the Ol' Leonard Cohen tune? Been echoing around my head the last couple days....
It's coming from the sorrow in the street,
the holy places where the races meet;
from the homicidal bitchin'
that goes down in every kitchen
to determine who will serve and who will eat.
From the wells of disappointment
where the women kneel to pray
for the grace of God in the desert here
and the desert far away:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.
Let's all take a few deep breaths. Thursday's "news" can wait,eh?
A Montpeculiar triple-header it was: Speaker Gaye Symington in the CedarCreek Room at 10: Pat Leahy in his office down the street at theMontpelier Post Office at 11, then back to the Guv's Statehouse"ceremonial office" for reelected GOP Gov. Jim Douglas' first, regular, open-plate presser sinceAugust 31.
Landslide Scissorhands Rules!!!