We really should no longer to shocked when people from a long way from the Cape say they read Cape Cod Today. The Masonic Angel Fund's Bob Fellows has told us many times about the hundreds of computers he has received for the Masonic Angel Fund's Laptops 4 Kids programs from readers all over the country, and our favorite blogger Joe Quigley has just had a similar experience in Boston this week.
Joe attended a Mike Lake for Lt. Governor rally in Boston where several people recognized him from his photo in the bio area of his daily political cartoon blog here.
Tolerance may be another word for indifference
We know that Joe believes that tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself, so one question he was asked didn't surprise me.
Several commented to him about the pretty nasty comments he allowed to remain on his posts, and Joe, who is both a big D and a small d democrat, was "asked if commenters like Ringo, Guido, and Elizabeth were real people, or just me playing their parts to stimulate discussion. I assured them that the people who comment are real. Many expressed that they hoped that they did not represent the attitudes of Cape Cod."
I asked Joe to tell us a little more about his experience at the rally where he was recognized by former Massachusetts (and Pocasset resident) Governor and Democratic Presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. Joe is wearing one of his Elizabeth Warren T-shirts which are available here.
Below is what Joe wrote back to me.
Mike Lake is running for Lieutenant Governor, and the kick off for his campaign was held at the Franklin Institute in Boston on the evening of December 11. I drove up from Cape Cod to help out, and was assigned the job of holding a big Mike Lake sign (see it below) outside the Institute on Berkley Street. Temperatures were much lower in Boston than on the Cape, so thankfully each person’s shift was not that long.
The VIP’s were gathering before the event at a reception across the street, and at one point a silver haired gentleman approached me while I was holding my end of a sign (see the sign below) and asked where he should report, introducing himself as Michael Dukakis. I guess that encounter allows for me to do a little name dropping.
Inside at the reception I met some people from all over the state who recognized me from my picture next to my bio in Blog Chowder, and we spoke not only about some of the subjects in my blogs, but about the entertainingly comedic comments that people post after them. I did come to the defense of those who post explaining they were not satirical, but the true opinions of those who post, nor are they me pretending to be someone else so as to promote a discussion.
Beyond Michael Dukakis, Eileen Duff from the Governor’s Council also spoke before Mike Lake addressed the crowd.
His basic points were that he is not running to occupy an office, but to make a difference in the lives of individuals and families across the Commonwealth who should access to the Massachusetts Promise that includes jobs that pay a livable wage, practical, high quality education, and safe neighborhoods by investing in our education system, our infrastructure and our communities.
I had met Mr. Lake at an event on Cape Cod, and was impressed somewhat when a few weeks later at another gathering he was able to call me by name without the aid of a name tag.
A trip into Boston is always a good trip for me, and I always enjoy meeting people from all walks of life from a variety of places with varying points of view. It puts things into perspective, and allows for a broader view on things.
Here's the sign Joe held for a while.