Luv Doc Recommends: Texas Freedom Network's 15th Anniversary Celebration

Bullock Texas State History Museum, Thursday, October 7, 2010

Luv Doc Recommends: Texas Freedom Network's 15th Anniversary Celebration

In the world of politics, activism beats apathy every time. A small, well-organized group of complete nut jobs has a much better chance of forwarding its insane agenda than an unorganized multitude of like-minded, reasonable, uninvolved intellectuals. Don't believe it? Consider Hitler. People are every bit as likely to vote with their guts as they are with their minds – even smart people. More importantly, intellectuals are much less inclined to do the dirty work of politics: the canvassing, the mailing, the sign posting, the cold calling, and the fundraising (which involves more knee pad work than most intellectuals are willing to endure). To be fair, intellectuals are also disgusted with the political process itself, which inherently undermines the integrity of its participants. Anyone who has campaigned for anything – be it PTA second vice chair or assistant county clerk – knows that politics involves a humbling amount of compromise, and very often the first thing that gets compromised is ethics. Politicians who start out on a march toward truth and light sometimes lose their way in the dark forest of financial necessity, public opinion, and political cronyism. What begins as a "means to an end" becomes all about the means with no end in sight. Politics can be very rewarding – especially for those seeking rewards. Thus the ongoing American fascination with "political outsiders." The problem with political outsiders is that in politics, there aren't any. Even if you want to somehow subvert the de facto plutocracy of the American political system, you're still going to have to get on the cock of a whorish number of needy special interest groups in order to get elected. As the Bob Dylan song goes, "You're gonna have to serve somebody." Ideally it's your constituency. Sometimes your constituency is a corporation that funnels millions of dollars to your campaign through a fictitiously named bank account in the Caymans, and sometimes it's a group of senile, xenophobic old timers with nothing better to do with their time than show up at the polls on voting day. Feeling jaded? You should be, but that doesn't mean you should abandon politics entirely. Far from it. As mired in bullshit as American politics may be, things are not going to get any better with you sitting up there on your high horse. You're not going to get rid of Sarah Palin, tea baggers, or even Rick Perry's spectacular head of exquisitely styled hair by simply bitching about it or wishing it away. You're going to have to drop some coin … or if you're financially strapped like most big thinkers, you might even have to do some shit work. Either way, you have to get involved, otherwise you're going to wake up someday and find the lunatics are running the asylum – just like they were two years ago. Rest assured those crazy bastards always try to get the keys. Thankfully there are sensible, hardworking people like the folks at Texas Freedom Network who make it their daily mission to keep the crazies out. This Thursday TFN is celebrating 15 years of being Texas' watchdog against the political far right with its Let's Shake It Up! fundraiser at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. Enjoy dancing, drinking, and silent and live auctions that include, among other things, VIP passes to The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as well as platinum badges to South by Southwest 2011.

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