Some of you might have seen the MoveOn petition that’s going around to rally folks behind the idea of recalling Brownback. I’m not going to lie, I’d love to see him out. But the reality is, we had our chance barely three months ago, and failed. To petition it now is painfully useless, in my opinion. Even if the legislature cared about the petition, which they won’t, the votes certainly aren’t there for it. It’s a waste of energy and an exercise in futility. I’d much rather see us working together to find opportunities for victories in spite of him. That would be much more productive, and certainly more rewarding.
The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.
Martin Luther King, Jr., 1967
To get the ball rolling here, I thought a local matter – of limited conflict – would be a good thing to start with. Brought to my attention recently was the debate brewing within the population of the SEK Art Fest. For the past couple years, the Art Fest has worked with the City of Pittsburg to bring a sculpture competition to downtown Pittsburg. They put together a theme (visualized through the common sculpt the artists use), and then businesses sponsor artists to decorate and present the works for an extended period downtown until a point where they then auction off the works to raise money to support the arts in Crawford County. All in all, A Good Thing™ (save the bit of vandalism that took place, because some people are just dicks).
The issue at hand deals with folks who apparently bought footballs (the subject of the sculpts) this year, and have or intended to repaint them. The question being: is it right or wrong? The answer is yes.