Home     Writers     Op/Ed     Book Reviews     News     Bookstore     Photoshops     Submit     Search     Contact Us     Advertise  
  You are here: 

Thu

29

Mar

2007

The American Dream - A Road Trip with Mike Palecek 2
Thursday, 29 March 2007 14:04
by Mike Palecek
EDITOR: Mike Palecek is currently on a road trip around the United States to read from his books and fight the Bush government... while tuning a cranky radio, steering a brown '91 Honda, and reading his MapQuest printouts. He's writing a column for Atlantic Free Press along the way. Palecek lives with his family in northwest Iowa. He is a former federal prisoner for peace, former seminarian and former small-town newspaper reporter. In the 2000 election, he was the Iowa Democratic Party nominee to represent the Fifth District in the U. S. Congress.
Tomorrow I give Ruth a hug and drive away to Kansas City for the first stop on my book tour, a meeting of the K.C. Drinking Liberally group.

It’s been one hundred years since I really went out and socialized. I think this trip will be a learning experience for me.

Just finished updating the itinerary. There are seventy-eight stops between drinking with the liberals in Kansas City to drinking with the liberals in Colorado Springs on July 3.

Got my car worked on, tune-up, oil, two new tires. Cost about fifteen hundred or so. And so, of course, this afternoon I’m going back to the shop because the windshield wiper fluid still doesn’t spray. And maybe I should have got that driver’s side window and the radio to work, I don’t know, maybe.

I did figure out the iPod, with the help of my kids, Sam and Emily. Ruth bought me a map and Lisa Casey at All Hat No Cattle and Bart at Bartcop.com sent me T-shirts. Awesome.

At 51, it’s been awhile, almost thirty years, since I took my last road trip in my dad’s 1959 Chevy with the wings, and my dog, and cowboy hat I bought in Fort Collins after visiting my sister. I always called her derisively “my rich sister.” I shouldn't have done that. That’s maybe not fair, but her husband, once the manager of KCOL radio in Fort Collins, was up on the dais when President Gerald Ford visited Fort Collins in the 1970s. I don’t like Gerald Ford. He’s dead and I don't like him any better. He was supposed to be a man’s president, football player and all. If he was half a man he wouldn’t have lied to us all with the rest of the Warren Commission. Oh, well, what you gonna do with rich bastards? About all you can do is holler. They’re still gonna do whatever it is they do.

Anyway, dad’s brown and white Chevy, my dog, Nicki, sitting in the front seat, ears flapping in the breeze, looking around at me, out the window with Buddhist detachment. Headed out west, to Oregon, to find the sun, the truth, the girl of my dreams, my ass with both hands, I really don’t know. Dad died in 1981 in an Omaha hospital, of kidney failure, the day before Ruth and I got married. That has been awhile, too. Wish I still had the white plastic Jesus we used to have on the dashboard of the Chevy. It might come in handy.

I never did want to do this, take a book tour. In my mind, that’s the reason you write books, because you don’t or won’t talk. But my books are good, really, trust me, and they deserve a chance to live. So I’m going to give about eighty speeches more than I have ever given in my life — and I think it will be a blast. When it’s all over, after you get back and sit with a quart of beer in both hands on the back porch, that kind of a blast, not necessarily while, oh, well, that’s enough.

I need to just go do it. Right. I hear you.

First, I need to put this letter to the IRS in the mail.

see ya'

Mike


March 27, 2007

Internal Revenue Service
Kansas City, MO 64999-002


Hello,

Enclosed is a crossed-out tax form.

I will not cooperate with the murderous regime of George W. Bush.

President Bush and his administration planned and carried out the attacks on the United States on 9-11-01, in order to attack Iraq and steal their oil.

In the eyes of Bush and Cheney and Rove, the war is going according to plan. They and their friends are making millions, billions, from the oil, from the defense industry, while the poor go without, while social services are cut in order to pay for more war and killing.

As a Christian, I cannot go along with this.

I must protest.
More from this author:
The American Dream - A Road Trip with Mike Palecek (3931 Hits)
by Mike Palecek EDITOR: Mike Palecek is currently on a road trip around the United States to read from his books and fight the Bush...
The American Dream - A Road Trip with Mike Palecek 3 (4920 Hits)
by Mike Palecek EDITOR: Mike Palecek is currently on a road trip around the United States to read from his books and fight the Bush...
The American Dream Book Tour & Protest Across America (3791 Hits)
by Mike Palecek SHELDON, IOWA — Hello all. I am home this weekend for Easter, watching the Red Sox and Rangers on Sunday Night...
The American Dream Book Tour & Protest Across the USA (2595 Hits)
The American Dream Book Tour & Protest Across the USA by Mike Palecek HEADED TOWARD ROCHESTER, MN — What if you went underground...
# 6 - The American Dream Book Tour & Protest Across America (3223 Hits)
The American Dream Book Tour & Protest Across America "You open up their hearts, and here's what you'll find ... some humans ain't...
Related Articles:
American Manifesto (9099 Hits)
Steve is a New Englander, an educated man. He's been released from jail just a few hours before the rendezvous with the camera, late at ... all »...
Catapulting the Propaganda with the Washington Post (11508 Hits)
by Chris Floyd The ever persipacious Angry Arab, As'ad AbuKhalil, plucks out the hidden (or not-so-hidden) propaganda in a passing...
American Voters Must Not Reward Failure (9164 Hits)
By Ramzy Baroud How critical is the situation in Iraq? It depends on who you ask and when. Common sense tells us that the situation there...
US-Latin American Relations: Ruptures, Reaction and the Times of the Past (10340 Hits)
by James Petras Introduction Numerous writers, journalists, public officials and academics on the Right and Left have noted changes in...
Baghdad is Surrounded: “The American Era in the Middle East has ended” (8263 Hits)
by Mike Whitney Don Rumsfeld is not a good leader. In fact, he is a very bad leader. Leadership is predicated on three basic factors:...


Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Trackback(0)
Comments (0)add comment

Write comment
smaller | bigger

busy
 

adsense

Top