Friday, August 12, 2005

Christy Cole: Keep Fighting For Red States

I get a lot of e-mail. It started as a trickle when the Yellow Dog Blog debuted and now, with hard work and the support of some wonderful fellow bloggers, the site has grown and the volume of correspondence has increased just as quickly.

Some are nice e-mails, some are hateful and a few really make me think -- this was one of the latter.

Christy Cole is one of the writers at ReBelle Nation and she sent me an e-mail in response to my recent column on what the future direction of the U.S. Supreme Court may mean in the growing demarcation between blue and red states. In this piece, "Preaching to the Choir," Christy talks about the difficulty in being a liberal in a solidly red state and the extent to which they need us Blue Staters to keep the faith and continue fighting to transform those states.

An excerpt:

"When the rallies that electrify the blue states are over, and the choir goes home, there will still be a quiet sense of desperation in the deep south. As a region we are the poorest and most illiterate, even now. You could get it all back, and win the very heart and mind of the country.

"But you can not take what you refuse to touch."

Christy tells me she's gratified by DNC Chairman Howard Dean's 50-state strategy and that it gives her hope that the South can, if not forgotten, be turned blue. "The fight here was never finished and it can not be completed unless the entire nation wills it to happen. I pray that happens soon."

She's a good writer, with a worthy point of view. Please take a look.