Good News on "The Most Depressing Day of the Year"

This Time/CNN story got me thinking.

There's a lot to feel down about this month: the subprime mortgage crisis, stormy, unpredictable weather, rising gas prices, presidential primary free-for-alls. So, it would be easy to believe the theory set forth by Dr. Cliff Arnall, a researcher from Cardiff University, that the third Monday of the month (Jan. 21, this year) — a day he calls Blue Monday — will be our most depressing day of the year. Arnall bases his yearly prediction on a formula he developed, which factors in the weather, consumer debt from holiday spending and failed New Year's resolutions and arrives at that conclusion that we'll hit rock bottom on Monday the 21st.

From a Democratic perspective, if this is rock bottom, imagine the view from the cheap seats in the Grand Old Party. I wholeheartedly disagree with the good Doctor's theory of today being the most depressing day of the year, and in fact draw hope from it.

Mind you, there is anxiety. How could there not be after 7 years of George W. Bush. The fever pitch of regular working folks I meet in the District now rivals if not exceeds the disgust with Washington just before the 2006 mid-terms. And that's just your average Americans. Rank and file Democrats are furious and Democratic activists are even angrier.

Good.

Change never comes without anger, but anger needs hope to be an effective agent of change. So here's a little hope from our corner of world - North Carolina's 8th District (which many BlueNC regulars may have already seen).

Check out this article from CBS/Politico. It says I'm leading Hayes by two points a year out from the most watched rematch in the nation.

The poll shows Hayes trailing Kissell, 49 to 47 percent in a head-to-head matchup.

Even more worrisome for district-wide Republicans is the fact that only 37 percent of likely voters said they approved of President Bush’s performance in office – this, in a district where 49 percent of voters identified themselves as conservatives.

The poll, commissioned by the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund and the influential SEIU labor union, surveyed 400 likely voters in the district between November 13-15. It has a margin of error of 4.9 percent.

If your neck of the woods is less hopeful, adopt NC-08! We've got plenty of hope to go around.

But I'm not waiting for an election to start making a difference in the lives of working families that need hope right now. We've been collecting supplies for folks in need from our troops to Katrina vicitms, testing toys and cheap imports for lead to help worried parents and this week we're hosting a Saving Our Schools town hall forum at my own High School in Biscoe. Come see us!

The point being, Republicans, special interests and the status quo thrive on depression and disengagement. People powered politics thrives on hard work and hope.

I believe in a better tomorrow, and hope you'll join me. Enjoy the fellowship of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day festivities of your choosing. I'll be out and about all day in the thick of hope.

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Almost forgot...

If you haven't voted for a DFA grassroots all-star yet, I'd be honored to have your vote.

Thank you and God bless.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Thanks, Larry.

Great to see you out on this chilly morning.

James

I've already voted at least once!

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Thanks James

I like that "at least once." How do they say it? Vote early, vote often!

I seriously appreciate your support and all you do for Democratic politics. Thank you.

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Seems odd to call MLK, Jr. day the saddest day of the year!

However, Dr. King is a good example of someone who was a catalyst - channeling anger into positive momentum for change and ultimately peace. Let's use that example. :)

Thanks Larry.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi