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Rocky’s High Road

By City Weekly Readers
Posted // January 11,2012 -

I found Jerre Wroble’s editorial about Rocky Anderson’s declaration for president and founding of the Justice Party overly harsh [“Windmill Drill,” Dec. 13, 2011, CityWeekly.net].

As a member of the board for High Road for Human Rights, I witnessed Rocky’s untiring dedication to the cause of social justice. The organization attempted to fill a significant gap in the global human-rights movement by establishing a framework for productive advocacy against abuses by employing social media and grass-roots networking. Although it was not able to accomplish much of its ambitious agenda, High Road did make impressive inroads and established a lasting model for other better-funded organizations to emulate. During much of High Road’s existence, Rocky did not draw the salary he more than earned with his 80-hour workweeks, deciding instead to devote these resources toward the organization’s fragile operating budget. It’s difficult to launch and to continue a nonprofit during a major recession, but Rocky gave it his all, as he does with everything he takes on.

Agree with him or not on specific issues, there is no better example of someone who possesses the courage of his convictions. Cynics may view this as tilting at windmills, but cynicism fuels, and is fueled by, the political impasse destroying our future. Living one’s ideals and speaking truth to power are absent virtues we so desperately crave in our leaders. It’s refreshing to consider an alternative, no matter how impractical or impolitic.

Robert Newman
Salt Lake City

 
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Posted // January 11,2012 at 09:32

Tim, somewhere between 'electability' and 'long-shot,' are candidates like Rocky who will only dilute the votes we need to re-elect Obama. I am disappointed in Obama for a number of reasons, but to help throw the election to Mitt Romney to make a fucking stupid statement about Obama is insanity on display. Sure, you'll 'feel' better about your handiwork, but you'll have absolutely nothing tangible to show for it and one of the biggest corporate-harvesting, job-killing creeps with 5 military-aged sons who will not serve a day in uniform will be deciding really important things about how your life is going to play out until you are dead.

 

And at what point did you decide that racist hatred of this president and an obstructionist Republican congress was the same as Obasma wentn from 'hope to hype?'

 

What fucking planet do you live on?

 

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Posted // January 11,2012 at 03:10

It took just 7 months for Barack Obama to go from "Hope" to "Hype" and president in 2008. There are 10 months left to do something courageoius with our votes. You too can resign form the Democratic, Republican and Independent parties and re-register with the Justice Party. If you research Mr. Anderson, you will find he has sacrificed much in his service to the public but stood the high ground for truth and justice at every chance. Give Democracy a chance at surviving. Register with the Justice Party and vote or write in Rocky Anderson for President iin 2012. You will not be sorry.

 

 
 
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