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This is a follow-up of sorts to my post …She’d Speak Liberal.  As I said in that post, the next woman in my life doesn’t have to be liberal, but it would be nice if she was.  What would be even cooler is if she were also really passionate about politics.  The recent Occupy Wall Street protests that have been going on for the past couple weeks have me longing for someone I could talk to about it and share in the excitement.

The almost daily outrages that came out of the White House during the George W. Bush years got my blood boiling, but I had very little outlet for that passion and energy.  I reached out and connected with people through Livejournal and listened to a lot of liberal and progressive podcasts, but with very few exceptions (getting together with a Livejournal friend from out of town and going to see Farenheit 911 and going out for drinks later was a wonderful exception) I was pretty well alone.  My then-wife was apolitical, as were many of my friends, and Richmond Virginia wasn’t exactly overflowing with progressives, especially at my age.  My computer screen and mp3 player just didn’t give that wonderful connection between flesh and blood passionate human beings.

The Occupy Wall Street protests make me wish I had someone with who I could load up camping gear, hop in a car and drive to New York, discussing life, love and politics all the way… someone like these fine politically active women from the Occupy Wall Street movement!

Let’s go talk politics and Faust!

Not only does she have a dynamite figure in low-ride jeans and sexy red tank top, but politically passionate and holding up a sign quoting Goethe?  Whoa…

Cradling democracy

I love her expression, which so perfectly matches her sign… and her long, slender fingers cradling “democracy.”  Those hands were made to intertwine with another’s…

Shiny Happy People!

Part of what makes me liberal is my optimism and belief in the goodness of people… and these two women obviously believe in the power of positive thinking.  The glass is half-full ladies… shall we drink deep and go out for refills?

Teach your children well

I have two copies of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States that I intend to gift to my children when they graduate from high school.  It’s my hope that I can instill my kids a sense of civic duty when it comes to voting and paying attention to politics and history.  This lovely woman’s got her baby started early!

talk about the passion!

The tattoo’d woman on the right is fired up, andI’d love to feed off that energy!  The girl on the left is cute but looks uncertain, like she’s not quite sure about being there.  Someone’s girlfriend maybe?

Say, can I borrow one of your signs?

I love the two distinct styles of these two ladies.  The gal on the left looks like a student and her sign reveals a clever geekiness that’s like catnip to me.  Digging the art-girl pink hair.  The gal on the right looks like a professional woman who’d damn fed up and ready to kick some ass, and combined with her exotic looks takes her sexiness up to 11.  I’d like to take either or both out for drinks and pick their brains.

You had me at hello

Speaking of art-girl pink hair… add the nose ring and tattoo, a fantastic smile, and a lovely homemade sign that recalls an earlier blog post of mine and with the string designed to wear as opposed to just hold shows she’s there for the long haul… *swoon*

Civil disobediance

This picture makes me wonder… what were these women doing to get arrested?  The woman on the right looks pissed, and she looks tough, sexy, defiant… I wanna bail her out and take her for a beer and let her blow off steam.  The woman on the left doesn’t give me the same aggressive vibe, but I love her shirt, and she’s got a look on her face like she’s someone who plays by the rules but she’s finally fed the fuck up.  I wanna bail her out and hear her story.

Even if I don’t find someone to go to things like this, perhaps events like this are where I might meet the next woman in my life… once I get a roommate and free up some personal time I plan to start going to monthly Drinking Liberally events put upon by Liberals of Richmond and connecting with people face to face who get as fired up by politics and current events as I sometimes do.  Life’s too short not to feed your passions, right?

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First, let me acknowledge that human attraction can often supersede political inclination– an excellent example is political odd couple James Carville, a Democratic strategist who helped President Clinton get elected, and Mary Matalin, a Republican strategist who worked for George W. Bush.

GOPer Matalin & Dem Carville

I can’t help but wonder whether they talk about politics or avoid the subject all together.  Are their fundamental differences and arguments a vital part of what attracts them to one another, or do they leave work at the office and connect on… less cerebral levels?

It’s weird to think about it now, given just how passionate and plugged-in I am about politics, but I’ve never been in a relationship with someone where we really talked about politics.  It’s pretty much a matter of timing; by the time I really started paying deep attention to American politics I’d already married my ex-wife, and she had zero interest in politics or political things.  In her view, there was so much more important and immediate things to think on and worry about, and really– what can any of us “little people” do about it anyway?  Why spend time and energy on something you can’t change?  Given the depth and width of corruption among all branches of the government to big money interests, you really can’t blame people for that point of view.

Still, at heart I’m an optimist and a romantic, so I am also a bleeding-heart liberal to the core.  I can’t help but hold out hope that things could get better, that our representative government could one day actually represent, care about and be accountable to Working Class America… and I also can’t help but fantasize about sharing those hopes and dreams with a smart, political savvy woman.  Man, what a turn-on!

I started watching The West Wing while deep in despair over the direction our country was in during George W. Bush’s first term.  I’d immerse myself in the fantasy of our country being in the capable, smart and compassionate arms of President Jeb Bartlett and his merry band of capable, smart and compassionate liberals.

Oooooh, Donna... Janel Moloney

One capable, smart and compassionate liberal that really piqued my interest was Donna Moss, superbly played by Janel Moloney.  Now, if you read my previous post (…She’d Have Curves) you’ll note that from a pure physical perspective Janel has a few too many angles and flat surfaces for my tastes.  Not that she isn’t lovely– because she most definitely is– but if we ever dated she’d bring out my Southern instincts and I’d be obliged to encourage extra helpings of BBQ and pecan pie to round her out a bit.

But I found Donna to be sexual napalm.  Why?  Because she spoke Liberal.  Something about having many of the same political thoughts, hopes and dreams that I shared coming from a woman’s lips just ramped her sex appeal into the stratosphere.  Janel went from cute & willowy to luscious siren whenever she opened her mouth.  To hell with talking dirty– talk Liberal, baby!

Donna Moss: I had a plan. I grew up on a farm.
Josh Lyman: You grew up in a condo.
Donna Moss: I grew up near a farm. And I was cute, and I was peppy, and I always did well on my nineteenth-century English literature midterm until you came along and sucked me into your life of crime.

Another example was Mary-Louise Parker.  I liked her in Fried Green Tomatoes and Boys on the Side, but she was always just a skinny brunette with big eyes and an adorable nose, nothing to really get… ahem… worked up about.

M-M-M-Mary! (Louise Parker) as Amy Gardner

Flash forward five or six years and the role of Amy Gardner, Yaley women’s rights activist.

Josh Lyman: You went over my head and you did it behind my back.
Amy Gardner: Quite the contortionist am I.

Listening to the sexual subtextual banter between two smart, compassionate liberal warriors would make my skin tingle.  I won’t lie– sometimes I’d fantasize about being Josh Lyman in a threesome with Donna and Amy.  Sigh…

The next woman in my life doesn’t have to be a Liberal… but damn, it sure would be nice!

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