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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

An underutilized resource for political change

I think Grandmas are an underutilized resource for political change.  In the right circumstances, they are the perfect protesters.

First, they are prepared for just about anything. They tend to favor those enormous purses that contain any number of emergency supplies along with enough fruit and crackers to last at least a couple of days.

If counter protesters show up and things start getting ugly, the grandmas will nip that foolishness in the bud. “Don’t you take that tone of voice with me young man!” On the other hand, they are perfectly content to dig in for the long haul and wait for a temper tantrum to blow over. 

In addition, if you have ever visited a retirement community, a favorite activity of grandmas is to find a patch of sun and sit with their group of girlfriends. So charter a bus, carry in some seating and provide coffee service. Done deal! Well until it dips below 78 degrees. Then you are toast. (OK I'm still working on that flaw

A few more points.

With the media coverage we have today, what police force is going to have the balls to arrest little old ladies? I’m guessing not many and therefore grandmas get a little more leeway than other groups.

Final point.  Most grandmas have been around the block a few times. They have seen some bad shit go down and if it looks like history is going to repeat itself, then you have some very motivated and dedicated ladies.

Am I right or what!?!

“To reform a man, you must begin with his grandmother.” Victor Hugo

“My grandmother was a very tough woman.  She buried three husbands and two of them were just napping.” Rita Rudner

“Nepotism, n. Appointing your grandmother to office for the good of the party." Ambrose  Bierce

“You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.” Proverb

So my mom, who definitely qualifies as a grandmother, is right in the middle of things and down at the Utah State Capital, protesting the Stericycle Medical Waste incinerator.

I don’t know mom. Seems like most places would be real proud having a Medical what’s it in their back yard. Maybe we could sell it to a community that isn’t using their air or water.

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