~For Friday, June 5:
This week's Democratic Club will feature former three-termed Idaho State Senator and author of the book, ONE FLAMING HOUR, Mike Blackbird. Mike will share excerpts from the story of his brother, Jerry Blackbird: North Idaho native, decorated Vietnam War veteran, patriot and politician. More details about the book and author are available at Ridenbaugh Press (www.ridenbaugh.com).
The meeting will take place at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill, at 407 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d'Alene at 12:00 PM.
Subject line: North Idaho not always the reddest part of the reddest state
Post Falls, Idaho| 8/15/2014
Visit www.oneflaminghour.com/press-kit/ for contact details, review copies, photos, author bio.
North Idaho Not Always the Reddest Part of the Reddest State
It is ironic that one of the best examples of how our political system works can also be found in the reddest part of the reddest state. This story is about Jerry Blackbird, north Idaho native, decorated Vietnam War veteran, patriot, and politician. Through the lens of war Jerry sharpened his focus on the role politicians play in our daily lives and why it is critical to speak truth to power by engaging in the political process. Jerry’s story calls to mind that our democracy is successful because it is fired in the crucible of politics and compromise and that the agenda of the Tea Party’s efforts to stifle debate and halt the political process must be challenged.
In 1969, Jerry spent the 24th year of his life in the depths of the death and destruction of Vietnam. More than 11,000 American soldiers were killed that year. As a medivac helicopter, pilot death was a passenger on many of his flights. He returned from Vietnam disillusioned, yet he refused to succumb to the demons of cynicism. Instead, he chose to build on his soul rendering experience in war to define politics and public office as a worthy pursuit. Each chapter of Jerry’s life after Vietnam, and until his death in 1979, is a case study in positive activism for a progressive, democratic movement to regain ownership of, and pride in, our government, even at the most grassroots level. His story is instructive for all of us who share Jerry’s beliefs. His story reminds us that even a kid from a small, tough-guy mining town in the panhandle of Idaho could thrive in the world of power politics
During his Vietnam tour of duty in 1969, Jerry wrote graphic letters of his year at war. His letters are filled with the frustrations of the seemingly mindless destruction around him. And a US government’s bankrupt Vietnam policy of slaughtering the flower of the nation’s youth. Completing his tour of duty his anger over the political decisions that had put him and his fellow Marines in Harm’s Way had grown exponentially. From that, experience expressed in his letters the evolution a future politician determined to challenge entrenched political entities begins to form. Jerry’s story is a study in how a two party system of democracy works and succeeds.
As a recipient of my brother’s Vietnam letters, as well as having served three terms in the Idaho State Senate I have a deep appreciation for the lessons of democracy and prepared to tell his story.
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