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In Need Of Motivation?

Dave Neiwert and I were talking yesterday about the need for an AA for bloggers, because you get sucked in to the constant stream of information and research and debate. And the next thing you know, you’ve lost several hours on the computer or with your nose in a book or magazine. My suggestion was that there needed to be a further chapter of Blog-Anon for family members of bloggers who need to vent about their computer-addled spouses. The worst part is that sometimes it feels like no matter how much time you put in, how many hours of research, how much discussion or calls or…well, it just feels like you are running in place in quicksand some days.

And then I got an e-mail from a reader with a link to this YouTube, and I wanted to work even more. You’ll see what I mean when you watch it.

In case anyone is wondering, this is how we get more and better Democrats — better educated voters, found and nurtured one at a time, registered and ready to vote. People who, through the magic of human contact and a spark of inspiration from talking to someone else who is willing to put themselves on the line for a cause greater than themselves, aslo see the possibilities in a collective push to make things better.

Then that person goes out to do the same — to interest other citizens in participating in this grand experiment in self-governance we call the United States. And it multiplies across like-minded folks who want something better, for themselves, for their nation, and for all the generations to come — and who are willing to vote that way and do the work to make it happen.

Just imagine the possibilities. Better yet, put that inspiration to work to make it happen…just like the Patterson family. Kudos!

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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