Post on WaPo, 13 JAN 2018

Trump’s visions of grandeur along with his self-absorption as a “dictator/monarch” have poisoned so much of what is good in and about our Republic. Trump simply does not care how much damage he does to the nation; or, to our nation’s image before the world. In various ways Trump patterns himself after Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. Seeing that those men are his role models, we should not be surprised by Trump’s antics. Trump does NOT love the United States. The White House is his platform for wealth gain. Trump has not divested himself from business operations that clearly are a conflict in interest. But the bigger problem, as I see it, is how enabling congressional Republicans have been toward Trump. The Republicans LOVE this. That is a clear indication of treachery; at the extreme, treason. When we hear the likes of Senators Purdue and Cotton saying they do not recall the s**thole comment, when any of us with basic common sense know full well they did hear it, we see what a horrible moment this is. Loss of truth, justice, honesty, decency and dignity are destroying us. The truly good has been forfeited for political bargain.

SEN Feinstein re Fusion GPS report

10 January 2018

The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

United States Senate

331 Hart Senate Office Bldg.

Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Feinstein:

This letter is written to thank you for your stalwart willingness to release the Fusion GPS report.  Your action speaks volumes about your courage; a strong sense of the ethical and, what is just and right.

Frankly, I care nothing about the protestations of Senators Grassley and Graham, each with discernible character flaws that speak volumes.  In fact, there have been reports that Senator Graham has or had direct ties with Russian funding.  Perhaps that is why Graham feels such a strong kinship with Donald J. Trump, the president in name only.

The fact is, I believe our nation (Republic) is in the most dangerous state in her entire history.  Donald J. Trump is more flawed than most humans, and with bold disregard for his duty as a president and his sworn Oath to our nation.  The fact congressional Republicans are fawning over Trump and genuflecting at his altar of mass deception all but assures the demise of our Republic.  That any Party would bring such disgrace upon the United States is unforgivable and, for some, incomprehensible.  The effort to obstruct transparency speaks to the great evils taking place “behind the veil”.

Senator, my family has served this nation’s Military since the American Revolutionary War.  I was a very young Air Force Staff Sergeant, serving in highly classified Intel gathering.  Prior to his assassination, President John F. Kennedy was my Commander-in-Chief.  His death still represents one of the very darkest moments in America’s history.

I pray that we will get through this moment and come out for the better, having survived the moment.  But, I lack the optimism I once had.  The pride of country I held as a young Sergeant is all but absent.  I feel shame and disgust, Donald J. Trump raising those sentiments to levels heretofore unimaginable.  Trump does not belong in the White House.  He does not deserve the accolades afforded him by his diminishing population of supporters.  Our nation is under siege.  Someone, somewhere, somehow must halt it.  Our national disgrace is growing unabated.

Thank you again for your encourage.  God save America!  God Bless you!

Most respectfully yours,

The Aging LGBT Community is still Alive and Kicking

Post on “The Advocate”, 10 JAN 2018

Now 73 years old, I came out with my first partner in the summer of 1968.  We were together for eight years and remained very close friends until his passing in 1996.  I decided to become an activist of sorts when Anita Bryant spewed out her vile excrement that all gay men were male child molesters.  At that point, trying to live my “quiet” life became focused on gay rights.

I joined the DC Gay Activists’ Alliance at the time when Frank Kameny, a pioneer for gay rights, was with DC GAA.  I went on to become one of the original members of Human Rights Campaign Fund, now HRC.  Served on the board of directors of two separate gay rights groups and later wrote columns for a couple gay rags.  I refused to use a pseudonym.  If you’ve got the balls to write, you should have the balls to stand behind it naked to the world.  After all, if you are reading one of my articles in a gay newspaper it is most likely you are either gay or gay-friendly.

The years have since passed.  My partner of eight years, Chuck, died from AIDS in 1996.  I will love him until there is no more daylight in my life.  I lost many friends and boyfriends during the “scourge”.  I raged at Ronald Reagan, a phony to his core, for turning his back on the LGBT community; including his diverting millions from HIV/AIDS research to lesser causes simply to soothe his hatred of homosexuals.

Over these many years I have become the consummate cynic; the ultimate skeptic.  When my younger brother tells me he “loves” me but he cannot “agree” with my lifestyle, I have informed him it is not up to him to agree or to disagree with it.  A born-again-“Christian”, I wonder if he actually UNDERSTANDS the Gospels.  I do.  After all, I studied Holy Scripture at seminary for my graduate degree.  Our worst enemies come in two stripes:  1) The closet queers who bludgeon us in public while doing the naughty in the woods after the wife has gone to sleep.  2) The faux Christian heretics who believe they own God and Christ when in fact they cannot hold a candle even close to either one.  Our battles continue, for our war has yet to be won.