The bewilderment I saw in so many faces astounded me. I knew I had an audience that was "open to suggestion". I went on. I talked about what a difference one might make in the life of a child. That's a universal thing. I talked on about the difference we make in lives as we nurture our pets, our dogs, cats, and how some nurture their iguanas, pot-bellied pigs, gerbils, rabbits and how some can even directly effect the attitudes and life qualities of their fish. I'm satisfied it all made sense to more than a few of them, my audience. I laid before them the historical propensities that mankind in general has to provide comfort and relief to those less fortunate than themselves. I explained, as best I know it to be, how propaganda clouds our natural generosity. In other words, I quite properly described Republicanism as it relates to fascism. I may have lost a few on that comparison but I'm quite happy that I got the attention of a few. In this case, I got the attention of many. As a genuine US veteran, not one of those fake ones like some like to claim such, as a retired elected official but still active in the message of Democracy and true Freedom, I am quite proud of my speech tonight. My crowd was not hand-picked or scrutinized in any way. My crowd was just plain small town meeting type and yes they questioned me. I'm very proud that I both understood their questions and responded in a fashion with which they could relate. Racism, sexism, nepotism, and the republican accusasions of classism will not be in vogue in 2004. Hopefully and thankfully we are above all that. Can you dig it?