Norman Rockwell's America: Concerned Citizen Turns Public Servant

Back in the Spring of 2006, during the presidential campaign in which Bush was running for reelection, a local man attended one of the President's highly scripted rallies and went decidedly off script.

Harry Taylor of North Carolina reminded a lot of folks of a certain Norman Rockwell painting, called, appropriately enough, “Freedom of Speech” (part of the Four Freedoms series). His simple action, not to mention the reaction by the rally audience, the media and many Americans, inspired thousands of folks to sign an open letter at I was one of them.

He also got his own page on Wikipedia.

And now I've received an email entitled “Remember” that's from that Harry Taylor, so say that he's decided to run for Congress.

It's an inspiring story. There isn't much info available yet, beyond what's in the email, but I expect this to get the attention of some of the major national Democratic bloggers. North Carolina bloggers are already on it.

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18 months ago I stood in an auditorium in Charlotte, NC, and had the opportunity to speak candidly and directly to President Bush. I could never have dreamed of the reaction it created.

Almost immediately the website was established where you joined thousands of people across the United States, and indeed the world, to thank me for standing up and being honest with our President. I was deeply moved that you took the time to be a part of this, but more importantly, to know that you stood with me that day.

I am not a politician, nor have I ever sought to become one. But now, I am so seriously concerned about what is happening to our beloved America, I have decided to run for the U.S. Congress.

We face a very divisive partisan incumbent who has been a rubber stamp for Bush's policies on such issues as Iraq and children's healthcare. Success will take enormous effort, and I cannot do it alone. Simply and honestly–I need your help!

I am asking for your contribution to help us take back America. Any amount would be greatly appreciated