Sunday, September 09, 2007
Fighting Bob Fest 2007
Fighting Bob Fest 2007 took place Saturday, Sept. 8th on a bright sunny day at the Sauk county fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Upwards of 6,500 people attended Wisconsin's largest political gathering which is now in its 6th year.
Speakers included noted anti-war activist and contender for Nancy Pelosi's seat in congress, Cindy Sheehan, Texas populist, Jim Hightower, and impeachment proponent and "The Nation"s Washington correspondent, John Nichols.
The mood among attendees was definitely pro-impeachment, anti-war, and anti- corporate statism. While the state Democratic party was well represented, there was clearly a feeling of disgust with what many view as the invertebrate leadership of the national party including the front runners for the presidential nomination.
Jeremy Scahill gave a scathing indictment of both parties as well as a chilling look at the growth of corporate paramilitaries as exemplified by the Blackwater corporation. His talk was, in my opinion, one the highlights of an outstanding opportunity for progressives in the spirit of "Fighting Bob" Lafollette to continue a grand and vital legacy.