Friday, 04 September 2015 19:48

9/4/15- Liberals vs Conservatives

I am proud of being a progressive liberal Democrat. I am proud of the accomplishments of progressive liberal Democrats. The list of accomplishments is long: the Womens Suffrage, Civil Rights Act, Voting Rights Act, forty hour workweek, the minimum wage, overtime, Social Security, Unemployment, rural electrification, FDIC, Federal Home Loan Program, Guaranteed Student Loans, School Lunch Programs, Medicare, Medicaid, Family and Medical Leave Act, NATO, the GI Bill, the Peace Corps, Moon Mission, The Affordable Care Act, Endangered Species Act, Environmental Laws, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Americans With Disabilities Act, Freedom of Information Act, Women’s right to control their own bodies, Food Stamps, Peace between Israel and Egypt. The Department of Education. The Department of Energy. The Department of Transportation. The Department of Housing and Urban Development. Food Safety Laws. Workplace Safety Laws and on and on and on. These were all accomplished because of progressive liberal Democrats. 

 

Economically, the country was at it’s best from F.D.R. until Reagan. Before F.D.R., the Republican president, Herbert Hoover, brought us the Great Depression. F.D.R. pulled us out of the Republican Great Depression and we were most prosperous and built the best infrastructure up until the 80's. Tax rates were high on the rich and everybody did well. It only took one income to support a family of four. Education was practically free. Health care was provided by real non-profits at very low cost. All of that started to change after Ronald Reagan. Trickle down economics never worked for the people- only the rich. It brought us the Savings and Loan debacle. It led to the Republican Great Recession. 

 

 

Left, liberal, progressive, Democrats

Right, conservative, Teaparty, Republicans

 

 

 

Choice

Believe in small government when it comes to a a woman's right to choose and that the best way to reduce abortions is to provide sex education and contraception.

Believes in “big government” when it comes to dictating what a woman does with her body. Anti-contraception and anti-sex education.

Affirmative Action

Attempt at leveling the playing field a little to mediate historic white privelege.

Nothing should be done to mediate historic white privelege.

Death Penalty

Pro-life. Impossible to apply equally so unfair- used more on poor and people of color. The government should not be in business of murder. Too many innocents are killed. Uncivilized.

Old Testament eye for an eye revenge mentality. Doesn't matter if it is unfair or if a few innocent people are killed.

Economy

Government has role in regulating banks, corporations and big business to protect regular people from being ripped off. Antitrust laws for benefit of consumers. Bottom-up economy says that consumer spending is what creates jobs. Government uses tax policies to redistribute wealth to the other 99% that created the wealth by work.

Minimally regulated banks, corporations and big business. Government uses tax policies to redistribute wealth from the working class that created the wealth, to the top 1%. Says rich people and corporations create jobs and some of the wealth will eventually trickle down from the top to the working and middle class.

Education

Universal public education. College should be affordable. Students should not be in debt the rest of their lives for an education. There should be some Federal guidelines to education in a mobile society and some universal standards so that religion is not taught as a substitute for science.

Anti-public education. Wants tax-payer money to support private schools. Want local government and parents to dictate what is taught. No global standards. Creationism is equal to evolution. The earth is 6,000 years old. Humans lived with dinasaurs.

Environment

Climate change is real and man contributes to it. Believe renewable energy is the future.

Climate change is not real. Pro-coal. Pro-nuclear. Believe renewable energy is a waste of time and money.

Gun Control

Believe in reasonable regulations to decrease gun violence while still allowing for hunting and sport. Believes in the actual wording of the Constitution but will go along with the Supreme Court's right wing decision on this. Acknowledge that those writing the Constitution could only conceive of muskets and would have never imagined the weaponry that has been created since. Compares our gun culture with other developed nations.

Goes along with the gun industries twisting, misreading and misinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment. Think everybody should have a gun. Believe that we have to protect ourselves from the government. Don't really care about gun violence in this country. Their only solution is “more guns.”

 

 

 

Healthcare

Believe in Canadian and European style single payer health care systems. Support the Affordable Care Act as a compromise since it was essentially written by Republicans but ultimate goal is single payer. Take profits out of healthcare. Healthcare is a right.

Believe in profit motivated healthcare that benefits insurance company C.E.O.'s. Believe that healthcare is a privelege for those that can afford it. Everybody else has the emergency room.

Homeland Security.

Oppose Patriot Act.

Supports big government intrusion into people's private lives if it results in a perceived increase in security.

Immigration

Believe in penalizing employers that employ undocumented workers. E-Verify. Understand that the economy could not function without some migrant farmworkers. Believe that anybody driving on American roads should be required to have a driver's license. Believe that providing healthcare to immigrants benefits all because viruses and bacteria do not discriminate.

No actual policies for dealing with immigration beyond building a wall. Much of the rhetoric is based in obvious racism rather than logic or reason.

Religion

Believe in Separation of Church and State.

Want the U.S. to be a “Christian” nation. Theocracy. Christians should be able to impose their beliefs on non-Christians.

Sam Sex Marriage

All individuals have an equal right to marriage and it's benefits.

Big government should dictate who can get married and Christians should dictate big government policies for all to follow.

Social Security

Want to secure Social Security for the future and possibly expand it. There are reasonable means to this end. Not necessary to raise age or decrease amounts.

Want to get rid of Social Security or at least make people wait longer for it or decrease the amounts they receive.

Taxes

Lower taxes for the working poor and middle class. Raise taxes on the rich. The economy was best between FDR and Ronald Reagan when tax rates higher on rich and corporations and countries infrastructure was built. Against welfare for rich corporations.

Lower taxes on the rich. Redistribute wealth from the working poor and middle class to the top 1%. Welfare for the rich in the form of tax subsidies.

U.N.

Believe it is possible to support the U.N. without subverting national interests because it does try to promote peace and human rights.

Xenophobic, isolationsist and nationalistic. Hates the U.N.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iraq war

Bush's war for oil. We were lied into an unnecessary war. The Iraq war resulted in trillions of dollars lost and thousands dead. It is not up to the United States to fight on any side of a civil war in Iraq. The people of the middle East need to fight their own wars.

Believe Iraq was somehow connected with 9/11. Believe that the U.S. should be the world police. Believe we can just go into a country and take their oil or other resources. Primarily chicken-hawks, looking to send our young to any war they can find or create.

Defending against terrorist acts

Depends on covert operations and targeted air stikes and drone strikes, minimizing civilan casualties as much as possible.

Wants boots on the ground. Civilian casualties of minimal concern. Wants war with Iran.

Welfare

For feeding children, the working poor and those with disabilities. For raising the minimum wage that would eliminate need for assistance by those working full time at low paying, minimum wage jobs.

Corporate welfare is okay but feeding children is not. Corporations deserve our tax dollars in the form of subsidies.

 

 

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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 21:48

2001- Peace and Justice

I had always been somewhat politically active. By the time I was in third grade, I knew that I was not like other boys that were always playing war or with their army men. I knew even at that age that I had no desire to be in the military. I had no desire to be a soldier. 

By the time I was 18. the country was embroiled in the Vietnam fiasco. One friend went to Canada. Others tried to get student deferments. Some went and came back totally changed. Mom and George talked about buying property in Mexico at one point and I think that was considered as a possibility if Roger or I was called up to serve. 

In those days, there was a "draft." That meant that if you were male, when you were 18, you had to sign up with the local draft board. Then there was a lottery to see who would actually have to serve. Long before I turned 18, I was already working on my "Conscientious Objector" status and had written several supporting documents for the draft board. I was clear in my belief that killing was wrong. I became an ordained minister with the Universal Life Church. I had a letter from the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, Troy Perry, supporting my case for C.O. status. I attended every war protest march that I could and kept a record of those activities.

When I turned 18, I had to go before the San Diego draft board to plead my case for C.O. status. I remember there being six men in the room and I had to tell them why I could not serve in the military. It was very stressful, as I had always had problems with public speaking, but apparently I made a good case and was given the Conscientious Objector status.

Down through the years, I always voted. Once, I got lulled into the "third party" mirage and made the error of voting for Anderson instead of Carter. Looking back on that, I realize how stupid it was, but at the time, I somehow got convinced that voting for Anderson was a viable alternative. Pf course, all it accomplished was splitting up the Democratic vote. Reagan won that election and went on to do a lot of damage to the country that we would be living with for the next thirty years. I realized the folly of voting third party and have stayed with the Democratic party ever since. 

I have probably always been a little more to the left than the Democratic party. I have always been proud to be "liberal" and refer to myself as "progressive." In San Francisco, I marched against the first Gulf War and every war since. I did phone banking for Clinton, Gore, Kerry, and Obama. I was very disappointed when Gore withdrew from the recount and let the Supreme Court hand over the election to Bush. I think Gore made a big mistake when he distanced himself from the great economic Clinton policies and record. I think he made a huge mistake to acquiesce to the Supreme Court decision and didn't fight harder. 

The first four years of the W. Bush administration brought us the horrors of the twin towers falling and it was evident that the Bush and Cheney administration had a been asleep at the wheel. Then they steered us into the second Gulf war in Iraq. Eventually they would bring the country to the brink of another Great Depression. 

After 9/11/2001 and the twin towers fell, Bush and Cheney, chicken-hawks that they were, started rattling the war sabers and lying about weapons of mass destruction. There were many of us that knew from the beginning that this was all a ruse. There was a meeting called together in Vallejo of anti-war activists and the group came to be called The Solano Peace and Justice Coalition. One of the church members from First Christian Church had gone to that first meeting and invited me to the second meeting. I would participate in the group and do their website for the next few years. 

Many in S.P.J.C. were further to the left of me in many ways. Many of them identified themselves as "Green Party." In 2000, many of them had advocated for Ralph Nader. They would make all these erroneous claims about the Democrats being too much like the Republicans. It was ludicrous to hear some of them say there was no difference between the Republicans and Democrats. Their proclamations did more for the Republican party than advancing any agenda for progressives. To this day, I believe that the main reason the 2000 election was as tight as it was, was because of Ralph Nader siphoning off votes from the Democratic party. Ralph Nader and the Green Party on a national level were totally counterproductive. 

Eventually, S.P.J.C. kind of petered our. People lost interest as the Afghanistan and Iraq wars continued on. Toward the last year of the group. there were only a small handful of the most dedicated members still attending. Other's would send emails making all kinds of suggestions but did not follow through with any attendance. At the end, there were only four of us that really participated at all. We did several episodes for Community Access T.V. in Vallejo. 

Here are some pics and videos from the Solano Peace and Justice Coalition era of my life and a couple of other protests after SPJC had disbanded. : 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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01. Introduction

03- Dads Family

03- Photos of my Father and his family

04- My Mother's Family

04- Photos of my Mom

04- Video of my Mom

04- Walling Family Reunions

04-Audio Files of My Mom

04. Billie

04. Ole

04.1. Forbidden Dreams of Love

04.2. Flames of Forbidden Love

04.3 Mom Writing Her Life Story

05- Jim Tarbert

05. Roger

1950's Grandview to Toppenish

1957-1958 1st Grade

1958-1959- Third Grade

1959- Palouse

1961- 4th Grade- Last time I wore a dress

1962- Abilene

1963- Escondido- Early 60's

1964- Darlene Marries Chuck

1964- My Beatle Haircut

1964-The Luv Please

1965 or 1966- Steve Castle

1965- In Foster Care

1966 Living with Darlene & Chuck in Seattle

1967- Juvenile Hall

1976- I Praise Thee (poem to Stanley)

1976- My Second Lover, Stanley Dunne

1976- Paul McCartney and Wings

1976-1330 Bush Street #9J

1977- 1667 Haight Street

1977- Trip to San Diego with Mary Jo

1977-1980- Tumultuous Relationship with John Perry

1978- 525 Haight Street

1979- September- Dad is Murdered

1980's- AIDS- Death and Dying

1980- Winter- First Trip to New York

1980- Word, Sound and Power

1981- Milton- Falling in Love

1982-1993 465 Waller Street

1982-1994 Computers to MacNursing

1984- 33rd Birthday

1985- Graduation from Nursing School

1985- Trip to Hawaii (Oahu)

1988- MIdnight Caller

1989- Earthquake!

1991- Aug 10th- Mom Passes Away

1991- Black Males in Oils

1991- Crack of My Life

1993- Move to Vallejo & Our First Home

1995-1. Road Trip to Washington

1995-2. Surprise Trip to Vegas

1995-3. Grandmother Rogers & Aunts Visit Darlene's

1995-4. Amber

1998- Camping at Russian River

2000 -Thoughts about Progressive Christians

2000- Resignation from John George

2001- April- Trip to Cancun

2001- Peace and Justice

2001- September 11th

2002- April-Puerto Vallarta & Blue Bay Getaway

2002- Nov 12th- My Stepfather, George McHenry Passes Away

2003- Trip to D.C. and N.Y.

2004- Feb- Road Trip to Baha Mexico

2004- Walling Family Reunion in Spokane

2005- Christmas Poem

2005- Darlene Visit for Pride Celebration

2005- Trip to Orlando

2005-1. Europe- London

2005-2. Europe- Paris

2005-3. Europe- Venice

2005-4. Europe- Florence

2005-5. Europe- Rome

2005-6. Europe- Athens

2005-7. Knee Surgery & Tongue Biopsy

2006 Christmas Poem

2006- February 23- Times Herald

2006- Palm Springs White Party

2006- Trip to Seattle

2006-July 8th Solano Peace and Justice Coalition BBQ

2007- Feb- Carnival Destiny- Our First Cruise

2007- Tre and Casey Visit

2008- Aug 15-18 Spokane Visit

2008- Psycho Song

2009- Honored by Vallejo Gay Network

2009- Women in Oils

2010 Christmas Poem

2010- Feb. R.C. Mariner of the Seas Mexican Riviera Cruise

2010- June 24- Badlands

2010- Trip to Seattle

2010-1. Europe- Amsterdam

2010-2. Europe- Paris

2010-3. Europe- Barcelona & Sitges

2010-4. Europe- Madrid

2011-1. Feb. My Fabulous 60th Birthday Weekend

2011-2. April- L.A., Palm Springs & "The White Party"

2011-3. Poem- Girl From Medical Lake

2011-4. Old Man Dancing

2011-5. May- Misty and Alex Visit

2011-6. August- Darlene and Sean's Visit

2011-7. Alex 16-18 & Pics

2012- March- Carnival Splendor Mexican Riviera with Family

2013- Wedding

2014- Christmas Poem

2014- First Gay Cruise

2014- September Road Trip to San Diego

2015- Seasonal Affective Blues

2015- Second Gay Cruise

2015- War on Christmas poem

2015-"Badlands" and Gay Bar Etiquette

2015-September 8. Political History

2016 Do Not Speak for Gay Males

2016- April- Palm Springs RV Adventure

4/4/2016- Not Going Along to Get Along

9/4/15- Liberals vs Conservatives

Cockettes & Angels of Light- Click for story
1982-1993 Waller Street- Click to read story.
Grandview- Click for story
Beatle haircut- Click for story.
My Mother- Click for more photos.
1958-1959- 3rd Grade- Click to read story.
2001 Trip to Cancun- Click to read story.
Darlene Marries Chuck- Click for story.
2014- Road trip to San Diego- Click for story.
1973 "You have to be hurt..." Click to read the story.
2015- 2nd Gay Cruise- Click to read story.
1973- Psych Tech Program- Click for story.
1974- On Larkin Street- Click for story.
The Psychedelic Experience- Click to read story.
Women in Oils- Click for story
My Dad's Family- Click for story.
1967- Summer of Love- Click to read story.
2005 Darlene Visit for Gay Pride- Click for story.
Me in 3rd grade- Click for story.
Black Men in Oils- Click to read story
Gay Disco 70's- Click for story
Photos of Dad & His Family- Click for story.
5th Grade in Abilene Tx- Click for story
1957-1958 1st Grade- Click to read story.
Earthquake! Click to read story.
4th Grade- Click for story.
Me in my 20's in 1970's- Click for story.
Amber- Click to read story.
1964- Luv Please- Click for story.
Forbidden Dreams of Love- Click for story.
2015- 2nd Gay Cruise- Click for story.
Click to read "Introduction."
1970's Promiscuity- Click for story.
Summer of Love- Click to read story.
Escondido 1960's- Click for story
Palouse- Click for story
Me in first grade- Click for story.
2005- Darlene Visits for Gay Pride- Click to read story.
Where I was born- Click for story.
Second Gay Cruise- Click for story.
2001 Trip to Cancun- Click to read story.
1974- First Trip to Europe- Click to read story.