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Hometown: Frankfurt am Main
Home country: Germany
Current location: Tacoma, Washington
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About Me

Ran for US Congress in 1990 from the left. Chairperson of 1989 city advisory initiative calling for 10% reduction in military spending to be divided among deficit reduction and mass transit and social services. Being a miliary town nobody thought we'd get on the balllot let alone win with 64% of the vote. Former chair of peace and justice project for a UMC congregation in Tacoma, Washington.

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I weep for America

When I came to the US in the late 60's it didn't matter whether you were a Democratic or Republican elected president, you were respected.

Lyndon Johnson's Great Society was just a few years in the making

The Civil Rights Bill had been passed about 4 years prior

Unions were in their prime

Teachers, Government, Firefighters were respected and valued

fast forward to today....

Government is vilified

Teachers and and unionists are made to be targets of jealously

Government is made to be the problem

and then it all translates into our daily discourse and interaction with others:

The President is called a liar during his State of the Union Speech

The President's citizenship is called into question

there is a meaness to our cultural interaction and then today:

two incidents at the RNC sum up what we have let the Republicans do to the nation:

a Puerto Rican speaker is shouted down and her citizenship is questioned,

an African American media employee has peanuts thrown at her and is told "This is how we feed the animals"


We have come full circle from JFK's stirring "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country" inaugural address to Reagans axiom: I've got mine so tough shit.

When we forget the poor the downtrodden, the middle class, when we are not vigilant to the ignorant screamers and shouters around us, these incidents will become more frequent, we will become more base and belligerant and we will all suffer as a nation and a people! I am truly disgusted with the Republican Party as it is constituted today!

On the Rachel Maddow Show tonight:

She talks about a funded group called "True the Vote" that stares down people of color or other likely Democratic voters at the polls on election day...they also challenge every suspected Democratic voter. They are planning on having a million poll watchers at the polls this election day. We need to do the same!
Let's see if we can get a grassroots movement going to counteract this sort shit!

Holy Cow Just got out of the hospital: I had a stroke!!!

They did a shit load of very expensive tests..it will run me 300.00 for deductibles but I am so very lucky...it could have bankrupted me...the annoying part was that we were discussing stuff that we would never discuss had we had a single payer system...I have always been for Universal Health Care and am even more so now!!!
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