The hard world has many names for these lovely ground-breakers in social justice and Democratic activism: pinko-commies, bleeding hearts, Lame-o-crats, Nanny State Makers, Free-Thinkers, Tree-Huggers, Clintonites, Dirty Hippies, LibTards, Obama Mommas, College Pukes, Obamabots, Moore-Ons, Socialist Do-Gooders, The Party of Hug, Welfare Queens, Hollywood Progressives, LeftyLous, Dumb-o-crats. And those are just the slams without the swears.
Netroots Nation isn't just any conference, though. It's full of the hardcore, folks who don't mind standing up in a breakout session and asking how we can do more for whores, for example (not to name any names).
We strive to be the people of inclusion. Our parents taught us to share and, danggit, we share--maybe to a fault. Okay, we overshare, but only for the betterment of the human condition. We blog, we report, support and strategize-- we network and tweet, we rally and march, we strike and boycott and organize and undermine and infiltrate. We care and encourage and speak out and door knock. All and each to the best of our ability. No one is asked to do more than that at our party.
We work to build up, not tear down. And in case you haven't noticed, this last one--yeah, it's in the Bible. And it's pretty big on God's agenda. Truth is too, and there's plenty of that.
So, this week, thanks to the generous help of an employer and fan, I will be gathering by the river with my kind. Bloggers, authors, mothers, labor and health rights activists, teachers, politicos, friends of the disabled, protectors of children and veterans, supporters of animal welfare, guardians of the environment and civil liberty and human rights and free speech. Women of integrity, men of action, God's own social justice army. We make for one badass tent revival.
So, say a little prayer that the boy's autism will be in check, that brain-boiling hot weather will not prohibit my ability to travel outside my cryobubble, and that the medical impediments that are plaguing me don't shut down the party of yes.
And wish us luck. This world really needs a revolution.