LTR to Perez, Chair, DNC

Mr. Tom Perez, Chair
Democratic National Committee
430 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Dear Chairman Mr. Perez:

As a result of my total frustration with today’s national political climate, it has taken considerable time to compose this letter. It is saddening, angering and disgusting how the Democratic Party has become so weak and outrageously impotent.

There is zero strength of leadership at the national level, including in the DNC. Pelosi and Schumer are retreads from the past, ineffectual and self-preserving. Although I am an Independent, I have supported the Democratic Party since the days of Bill Clinton. I contributed generously to the Dean and then, Kerry campaign. I supported and contributed to the Obama campaign.

Yet, over time the Democratic Party has become weak, rudderless absent specific goals for the future. Given the listless non-direction of the Party, it is easy to anticipate Democrats will continue to fall behind. That will lend more to the Donald Trumps of the political spectrum. Trump along with McConnell, Ryan, Jim Jordan, Kevin McCarthy and Ron Johnson represent the underbelly of America; the robber barons of America’s future.

Our Republic is under siege and all the while the Democrats sit back, stunned and silent. Absent a game plan or plan of attack (yes, attack), the Democrats have no clear message, no clear sense of direction and no visible signs of strength. While I agree with some pols and pundits that Donald Trump should not be the centerpiece of 2018 and 2020, the plight of our nation should be in full focus. Politics is pugilism at its core. Former Secretary of State Albright once remarked about those who lacked cojones. Democrats have no cojones; spineless. One hears from time to time how bringing Democrats to consensus is like trying to herd cats. Well, Chairman Perez, it is time to change that failed formula. Otherwise, the Party will continue to fail and fail miserably.

Frankly, I do not care about either political party. I care about our nation, which I proudly served slightly more than fifty years ago as a United States Air Force Staff Sergeant, earning my Honorable Discharge and three commendations. Through lack of focus and mission, the Democratic Party has become com-plicit in the demonic tyranny being waged by Republicans against the United States of America. Shame! Shame on you!

Respectfully,

Joseph P. Kennedy, 24 OCT 2018

24 October 2018

Joseph Patrick Kennedy III, Congressman
United States House of Representatives
434 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Kennedy:

Below is my recent Email sent to my congressional representatives: Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and Congressman John Sarbanes.

The Trump Tyranny:
How much longer will Democrats sit silently along the curbside of history and ignore the tyranny and treachery being inflicted on the United States of America? Where is your anger? Where is your outrage? Silence = complicity.

The Democratic Party is showing no real, tangible courage. What is your message for the upcoming election? There is no message. There is no sense of direction.

Schumer and Pelosi are not the future for the Party. They are old and tired retreads. When will you come to terms with the fact the United States is fighting for her very soul because of Donald Trump, his administration and his followers?

Just last week Trump put a target on the backs of journalists. Democrats’ response: Si-lence. One must conclude the Democratic Party is either in sync with Trump & Co.; or, you are afraid of Trump & Co. Grow a spine.

I am taking the liberty of including my letter to DNC Chair Perez, mailed to him last summer. I never received a reply or response. Given the context of my letter, I am not surprised.

I will not apologize for the hardness of my thinking. Today, Donald J. Trump announced he is a “nationalist”. I am a Patriot. I never would be a nationalist or claim to be one. Trump’s coded message: I am a fascist. Donald J. Trump is evil to his core, a nefarious blight on America.

In the meantime: WHAT is the Democratic Party’s message for this election? Barring none, they should shutter the blinds, turn out the lights and return to their hamlets of self-created security and serenity.

Respectfully,

Evangelicals are NOT friends or follower of Jesus Christ

Ms. Parker, Happy Labor Day!

What follows may seem harsh. I am a man of faith; not of religion. Having read your Sunday Post column on evangelicals, I offer what follows.

I left a company in 1993 as one of its vice presidents to enter theology school/seminary. At that time I was 48 years old. I took that route as the result of a profound spiritual experience.

Although I am a graduate theologian and ordained in the Episcopal tradition, I have remained in the private business sector. Two fellow clergy said that I should not join the organized Church because I have “too much to say”. I am not swayed by dogma or doctrine. Much in the traditions of Native Americans and Buddha, I embrace the Divine as Spirit. By the way, are you aware that most of the prized Jesuit writers studied Buddha (including my mentor into seminary)?

Having shared that, I must say that I consider all E(e)vangelicals a cult. They are further from God and Christ than the Great Satan.

How can I say that, you might ask?

By original Merriam-Webster definition, “evangelical” refers to one who believes the four Gospels to be the spoken word of Jesus of Nazareth. Some will included The Acts of the Apostles in that collection, although The Acts are not part of the Gospels. Evangelicals and fundamentalists fail at multiple to follow the Teachings found in the Gospels.

Years ago, not long after completing my graduate degree in Judeo-Christian Theology, I happened to be speaking with a young lady who described herself as a “big E” evangelical. The small “e” evangelicals simply weren’t equal to the big “E”. I was not amused. Then this woman asked if I knew of any “big E” churches in the Boston area where I was living at the time. Logically, as one of those “dangerously liberal Episcopalians” I responded, “No. I know of no such church in this area.’ She then responded, “I just want a church were I can ‘get down with Jesus’. I don’t want any of the love crap.” WOW! I sat back, fully stunned.

That attitude pervades the evangelical, fundamentalist and Pentecostal cultures. They focus on what is wrong with YOU; not where they are failing or how many “sins” they have committed. The evangelical/fundamentalist movement since the early1990s has resulted in many self-claiming Christians to avoid even discussing our faith out of embarrassment and a sense of shame over the distortions created by the evangelicals and fundamentalists.

As a homosexual male, I have a keen understanding of the hatred and animosity (vile venom) that flows freely from the mouths of evangelicals and fundamentalists. WHO are they to say that I am not a Child of God? I am who and what I am by the Grace of God. I refuse to take the stilted posture that I – I – can take the place of or speak on behalf of God. If one fully understands faith, one accepts that “sins” of the Spirit are far worse and more egregious than “sins” of the flesh.

The fact these cults are taking an active role in politics without punishment or the cessation of their tax-free status speaks volumes on how the idea of separation of church and state is being (and, has been) widely violated. Let us not forget how Jerry Falwell was appointed to Reagan’s NSC; both men believing that HIV/AIDS was “God’s punishment” for being queer. How convenient they ignored the forty million heterosexual Africans infected with HIV!!

No, Ms. Parker, evangelicals are not true and faithful followers of Jesus. They are a cult that thrives on demonizing those who do not embrace their corrupt form of theology. They are every bit the Seed of Satan, and they have reached their pinnacle by nurturing that Seed in its most public and profound agent: Donald J. Trump. I doubt Trump believes in any god but himself, by the way.

Christianity as faith and religion has been dying through the ages. Roman Catholic priests and clergy are yet another example of the disease that is consuming the Christian faith.

I grew up in the 1950s, born exactly one week after D-Day. We said a prayer before every meal; even when dining out (which was quite seldom). Growing up in the Lutheran Church where I was baptized and confirmed, I was in choir; youth leadership; Boy Scouts and fundraising. I believe those basics provided a good and solid foundation for me as a person; but not necessarily as a “religious” person. We did not express a need to proselytize. We simply embraced our own beliefs. Our faith was private.

Jesus of Nazareth warns about the hypocrites, the false prophets; the judgmental members of the tribe; the stone throwers; those who dare to stand on the Head of God. Evangelicals do not welcome the Teachings of Jesus. If they did, their world would be far different and our world would be far less toxic and much better off.

Best regards,
(The Reverend) M. Vincent Turner

Male Circumcision

Labor Day 2018

Georganne Chapin
INTACT America
PO Box 8516
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Re: American Circumcision

Dear Georganne:

This weekend I purchased and watched “American Circumcision” through my Amazon account.

This film is orchestrated extremely well. It is highly informative, offering a whole host of insights and facts into male (and, female) circumcision.

Other than the two male doctors, the one from Australia and the one with the bow tie, the people in this film are quite likeable. Those two doctors should be taken out and horse whipped for their arrogance, ignorance and dismissive indifference toward circumcised men who have come to regret it. My Power of Attorney/Executor is a very longtime friend and a Jew who has never forgiven being circumcised. He considers it an outrage that his penis was “mutilated” without his having any say in it.

My father was vehement about keeping his sons “natural” and actually resented the very concept of circumcision. When I was age 13 I expressed a desire to be circumcised “to look like most of the other boys”. Wow! That was huge mistake. Needless to say, my wish was not answered and today I am very pleased by that fact.

Now, some thoughts on circumcision that I may have shared with you in earlier writings:
Scripture and circumcision: I seriously doubt that “God” told Abraham to circumcise himself and all the males within his tribe. The Ancient Israelites hated the gentiles, considering us unclean and barbaric (as if they weren’t!). I believe early circumcision was done to assure Israelite males were “different” from the gentiles. That thought is borne out with the post-Hellenic extreme and excessive form of circumcision, initiated so that the Israelite boys could not perform foreskin restoration.

Circumcision and HIV/AIDS: The assertion that there is a greater risk of contracting HIV/AIDS if one is not circumcised has no basis of proof. Every friend I lost to AIDS, including my first partner, was circumcised. I have no STDs or STIs. The hyperbole created by misinformation about HIV/AIDS as it relates to circumcision versus non-circumcision is intentionally driven to promote circumcision.

The America Academy of Pediatrics: It is time – past time, actually – the Academy relent on its promotion of circumcision and focus on keeping males “whole” from their point of birth. As medical “professionals” (said tongue in cheek), their persistence and insistence on male circumcision is unethical.

The increased presence of uncircumcised men: In erotic film, over the last decade there has been a growing presence of uncircumcised male performers. The idea that uncircumcised penises were some-how “dirty” and “unattractive” has given way to more openness and understanding. After all, foreskin – as you and I know – is natural. Many circumcised penises look as though they have been butchered. Some of my circumcised friends have remarked that reaching orgasm can become so tedious it almost is not worth the effort.

While watching “American Circumcision” my emotions ran the gamut from full-on rage to welling up with tears. The flippant insolence of the two doctors who are so supportive of circumcision left me in a state of rage. The story of the mother whose son suffers from a botched circumcision left me speechless and feeling very sad. I also note the number of women involved; and that a woman, Marilyn Milos, initiated this conversation decades ago. (I once remarked to a lady friend that the penis is to the man what breasts are to the woman. Her response: “Wow, I never thought of it that way.”)

Through Facebook I have joined numerous Intact groups throughout the country. The work you are doing and what you have done already is beyond praiseworthy. This topic deserves and demands a far wider audience. Men have been diminished not by their own intentions, but by parents and doctors who are either ill-informed or stuck in a mythical belief pattern wrongly directed. In either case, that must change. Perhaps my voice and participation will help to bring that change about. I have a gut sense there are certain organizations at work that simply want to punish the penis. How sad is that!

As I prepared to complete this letter, the latest issue of “The Advocate” appeared in my Email. Jonathan Conte and your film are featured, generating heated discussion. Sadly, many men who posted remarks are poorly informed; some defensive or hyperbolic in their posts. I suspect this “touched a nerve” among some of those men. Some readers conclude, erroneously, that this is / was a topic limited to gays (probably the result of “The Advocate” featuring Conte in their article). Some responses are immature and obviously defensive. I suggested they view the film; then, comment.

Over this last decade I have become increasingly dismayed, discouraged and demoralized from wit-nessing the level of ignorance and stupidity in America – on myriad subjects. Circumcision is just one.

With warm regards,

(The Reverend) M. Vincent Turner

American Circumcision

Georganne Chapin
INTACT America
PO Box 8516
Tarrytown, NY 10591

Re: American Circumcision

Dear Georganne:

This weekend I purchased and watched “American Circumcision” through my Amazon account.

This film is orchestrated extremely well. It is highly informative, offering a whole host of insights and facts into male (and, female) circumcision.

Other than the two male doctors, the one from Australia and the one with the bow tie, the people in this film are quite likeable. Those two doctors should be taken out and horse whipped for their arrogance, ignorance and dismissive indifference toward circumcised men who have come to regret it. My Power of Attorney/Executor is a very longtime friend and a Jew who has never forgiven being circumcised. He considers it an outrage that his penis was “mutilated” without his having any say in it.

My father was vehement about keeping his sons “natural” and actually resented the very concept of circumcision. When I was age 13 I expressed a desire to be circumcised “to look like most of the other boys”. Wow! That was huge mistake. Needless to say, my wish was not answered and today I am very pleased by that fact.

Now, some thoughts on circumcision that I may have shared with you in earlier writings:

Scripture and circumcision: I seriously doubt that “God” told Abraham to circumcise himself and all the males within his tribe. The Ancient Israelites hated the gentiles, considering us unclean and barbaric (as if they weren’t!). I believe early circumcision was done to assure Israelite males were “different” from the gentiles. That thought is borne out with the post-Hellenic extreme and excessive form of circumcision, initiated so that the Israelite boys could not perform foreskin restoration.

Circumcision and HIV/AIDS: The assertion that there is a greater risk of contracting HIV/AIDS if one is not circumcised has no basis of proof. Every friend I lost to AIDS, including my first partner, was circumcised. I have no STDs or STIs. The hyperbole created by misinformation about HIV/AIDS as it relates to circumcision versus non-circumcision is intentionally driven to promote circumcision.

The America Academy of Pediatrics: It is time – past time, actually – the Academy relent on its promotion of circumcision and focus on keeping males “whole” from their point of birth. As medical “professionals” (said tongue in cheek), their persistence and insistence on male circumcision is unethical.

The increased presence of uncircumcised men: In erotic film, over the last decade there has been a growing presence of uncircumcised male performers. The idea that uncircumcised penises were some-how “dirty” and “unattractive” has given way to more openness and understanding. After all, foreskin – as you and I know – is natural. Many circumcised penises look as though they have been butchered. Some of my circumcised friends have remarked that reaching orgasm can become so tedious it almost is not worth the effort.

While watching “American Circumcision” my emotions ran the gamut from full-on rage to welling up with tears. The flippant insolence of the two doctors who are so supportive of circumcision left me in a state of rage. The story of the mother whose son suffers from a botched circumcision left me speechless and feeling very sad. I also note the number of women involved; and that a woman, Marilyn Milos, initiated this conversation decades ago. (I once remarked to a lady friend that the penis is to the man what breasts are to the woman. Her response: “Wow, I never thought of it that way.”)

Through Facebook I have joined numerous Intact groups throughout the country. The work you are doing and what you have done already is beyond praiseworthy. This topic deserves and demands a far wider audience. Men have been diminished not by their own intentions, but by parents and doctors who are either ill-informed or stuck in a mythical belief pattern wrongly directed. In either case, that must change. Perhaps my voice and participation will help to bring that change about. I have a gut sense there are certain organizations at work that simply want to punish the penis. How sad is that!

As I prepared to complete this letter, the latest issue of “The Advocate” appeared in my Email. Jona-than Conte and your film are featured, generating heated discussion. Sadly, many men who posted remarks are poorly informed; some defensive or hyperbolic in their posts. I suspect this “touched a nerve” among some of those men. Some readers conclude, erroneously, that this is / was a topic limited to gays (probably the result of “The Advocate” featuring Conte in their article). Some responses are immature and obviously defensive. I suggested they view the film; then, comment.

Over this last decade I have become increasingly dismayed, discouraged and demoralized from wit-nessing the level of ignorance and stupidity in America – on myriad subjects. Circumcision is just one.

With warm regards,

To ‘ashley.parker@washpost.com’; ‘seung-min.kim@washpost.com’; ‘robert.costa@washpost.com’

Good Sunday to each of you.

The GOP’s quiet resignation over the Trumpian tyranny against our Republic speaks volumes about their complicity in this moment of historical treachery.

The Republican Party is the Anti-Party: Anti-black, brown, women, LGBTQ, Muslim and in some sectors, anti-Semitic.

When I was a very young US Air Force Sergeant, I was mesmerized by Barry Goldwater. Yet, at the time one could not vote until they were twenty-one years old. A family member remarked how pleased they were that I could not vote! I held onto his “Conscience of a Conservative” with considerable pride. Yet, with somewhat of a twist, Goldwater supported gays serving our US Military when that was forbidden aggressively.

I then supported Nixon (twice), Ford; then George H. W. Bush. Then, like the proverbial analogy with kittens maturing, my eyes were opened – so to speak.

I am an Independent/Centrist. As I have become increasingly appalled by and disgusted with Republicans I have also become thoroughly astonished by the weakness that courses through the Democratic Party.

Make no mistake, Donald J. Trump is a totalitarian megalomaniac. He is a pathological liar with a Machiavellian core. Deceive, distract and deflect forms his operational troika.

This moment in America’s history is NOT one to celebrate. Rather, it is one to become vigilant at levels heretofore unknown. Preserving our Republic before she is fully destroyed should be the foremost thought among all Patriots.

As a young Airman I served in classified Intel overseas. Russia was our archenemy then. Russia is our archenemy now.

One must question how much Russia has invested in Donald J. Trump to command such devoted loyalty from Trump. Trump is our enemy. He is not a true and loyal American. Period. The Republican Party does not share the wider sense of universal rights: civil, human and minority rights. The Republican Party has formed a partnership in treason.

The Republic is at her most dangerous precipice in our history; worse than the time of the Civil War or during the McCarthy Era. Trump says Democrats are the new “McCarthyites”. Good one, Donald, as you are in fact the penultimate McCarthyite – along with your entire White House staff.

Those among us who are reasoned and realistic see a bleak time ahead, but one which cannot be seen without hope. If we lose hope, then we have lost everything – including our Republic.

The Extinction of Gay Identity By Frank Bruni Opinion Columnist, 04/28/18

Mart Crowley, the author of the groundbreaking gay play “The Boys in the Band,” lives in a Manhattan apartment building that he used to visit frequently, for parties, in the late 1960s, when “Boys” had its theatrical debut. It’s on East 54th Street, No. 405, and its nickname, he told me, used to be “four of five,” because that was supposedly the ratio of gay residents.

That is not the ratio now. “It’s all yuppies and kids in strollers and all of that — and a few old codgers,” Crowley, 82, said over a recent lunch. The gays have scattered, not just from that building but from others, and we’ve distributed ourselves throughout the city — and throughout society. Gay sanctuaries are vanishing.

Is that true of gay culture and gay identity, too? I increasingly get the sense that gayness itself has scattered, becoming something more various and harder to define. “Gay” tells you about a person’s lusts and loves, but it used to tell you more — about his or her boldness, irreverence, independence. It connoted a particular journey and pronounced struggle, and had its own soundtrack, sartorial flourishes and short list of celebrity icons. Not so anymore.

These thoughts came to mind as “Boys” comes back into view. For its 50th anniversary, it’s getting its first-ever Broadway production, with an all-gay, all-star cast including Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer and Zachary Quinto. Previews begin Monday; the show opens May 31. I’ll be fascinated to see what audiences make of this campy, catty portrait of a group of gay men who talk in code, traffic in secrecy and have carved out something separate that is not exactly peace.

The play is a postcard from an era that we have thankfully moved past, a point of reference for our hard-won success over the last half-century and our arrival in an infinitely better place. But it’s also a reminder of a glue that has gone missing among many gay men. Among many lesbians, too, though for them the lingo was different, as were the wardrobe, songs and patron saints. We were tribes in a way that we no longer are, with rituals that we no longer have, and with a shared story.

What’s that story now, and what qualifies as a gay play, if such a thing still exists? Jesse Green, one of The Times’s theater critics, wrestled elegantly with that question in T magazine in February, noting that for him, the gay theatrical canon — or, rather, the gay male theatrical canon — ends in 1993, with Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.” That play followed “The Normal Heart,” “Torch Song Trilogy” and, decades earlier, “Boys.” All were born of the bigotry that gays endured and the grace that they forged in the face of it. The plays since, according to Green, are “grayer, more tasteful.”

“Sometimes, to judge from what’s onstage, I have to conclude that Crate & Barrel is sponsoring the new gay agenda,” Green writes, adding that he no longer hears “a gay voice,” which he defines as “quick-witted, protean, emotional.”

That voice rings loud and clear in “Boys,” which debuted in 1968 and went on to become a movie in 1970. It captures the flair for melodrama, appetite for mischief and exaggerated sense of humor — alternately self-lacerating and self-lionizing — that constituted a gay armor, worn because we lived in a sort of exile. I donned it myself in the 1980s, from my late teens through my mid-20s, as I took the temperature of the country around me, wondering exactly how cold to me it would be.

To illustrate what America was like when Crowley wrote “Boys,” he recalled a screenplay that he also worked on in the late 1960s. It was an adaptation of the novel “Cassandra at the Wedding,” about identical twins — one straight, one lesbian — and the friction between them when the straight one is about to be married. Darryl Zanuck flirted with producing it, his interest piqued by the actress slated to play both twins.

“He hated the script, but because Natalie Wood was attached, he kept going along with it,” Crowley said. “I’d constantly get memos from him: ‘Too many dyke-isms! Cut the dyke-isms!’ He finally canceled.”
Crowley said that if someone had told him then that the United States Supreme Court would someday legalize same-sex marriage, he would have responded, “That’s rather insane.” It happened in 2015. But there had been enough progress toward the acceptance and integration of gays by 2005 that Andrew Sullivan wrote an essay in The New Republic titled “The End of Gay Culture,” which he imagined would “expand into such a diverse set of subcultures that ‘gayness’ alone will cease to tell you very much about any individual.” We’re there.

Gays aren’t yet on an equal legal footing with straight people. We’re frequently derided (I’m looking at you, Mike Pompeo) and assaulted. How gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people are treated hinges on where we live, what color we are, how much money we have and whom we work for.

As a gay white man employed by a progressive-minded company in New York City, I’m ridiculously lucky. I’m aware that too much of the past conversation and art about gayness focused on and was dominated by people like me. (Among the nine men in “Boys,” only one is black.) And I’m glad to witness the spread of a more diverse vocabulary that pays important heed to the distinctions between us.
But while L.G.B.T. spells out those differences, it also mashes everything together in a manner that deprives some of the consonants of their particular history and legacy. So does the catchall “queer.” Bonnie Morris, a women’s studies professor who wrote the 2016 book “The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture,” pointed out that the designation lesbian is viewed by many queers as too restrictive. There have been “a lot of attacks on lesbians as vagina fetishists,” she said.

“‘Queer’ includes everybody,” she told me, “but it sure doesn’t specify where you’re coming from, what your experience is.” When Morris, 56, came out, in 1980, “lesbian” did have discrete, distinctive associations, and it mapped out physical territory that is increasingly difficult to find. “Bars are disappearing,” she said. “Bookstores are disappearing. Women’s centers are disappearing.”

I’m 53, I came out a few years later than she did, and I remember that simply telling someone that I was gay made me interesting at a time when most gay people weren’t forthcoming about that. I remember that visiting a gay bar or resort had an electric charge, because I was traversing forbidden ground. No matter how open I was about it, being gay felt a bit like belonging to a secret society.

But we didn’t want to be consigned to the margins and forced into hiding. For our safety and survival, we couldn’t afford to be. So we fought for the visibility that we cherish today. Along the way, the clubhouse was shuttered, the special knock was abandoned, and a certain spirit went away. When a culture is shaped by fear and discrimination and they fade, so does the culture.

“Everything costs something,” Crowley told me. “Gay culture is so diffuse now, where it was once so cloistered and clandestine. It was like our own world — the world was inside out.”
“I wouldn’t trade any of the progress,” I said to him. “And yet.”

“And yet,” he agreed. But, he added, with no equivocation, “You wouldn’t want that world back.”
“Boys in the Band” makes that clear, while also making sure that a lost world is remembered.
I invite you to follow me on Twitter (@FrankBruni) and join me on Facebook.

25 April 2018

To: The Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S., Parkland, Florida

Dear Students:

It has taken me some time to compose this message, as I feel that I have so much to say but must keep my message to one page.

Born exactly one week after D-Day, I am old enough to be your grandfather. While “being old” is seen as a detriment by many, for us elders it is not so bad. Staying active, alert and aware keeps one’s mind relatively young even as the body ages.

I am writing to you today to cheer you on! With a carefully focused leadership you can become a formidable force for America. In some respects, you have become that force already. But, a word of caution if I may, using my own mother’s words: Do not become too full of yourselves. If your enthusiasm overrides your reason, your message will be lost in a cacophony of ideas and mixed metaphors.

The United States of America today is in deep, deep trouble. This is not the nation I grew up in, in the 1950s. It is not the nation I returned to as a young Air Force Sergeant in the mid-1960s. While so much progress has been made in these remaining, years, a lot also has been given up. For the average politician, including your very own Marco Rubio, the party and self have become far more important than country. That fact is both a travesty and a tragedy. The soul of America has been sold out.

In order to resurrect our nation’s soul, and to redeem our Republic, will require young folk such as you to work diligently, vigorously and even militantly to bring us back from the breach. Our nation is owned by corporate interests and special interests that all too often do not hold high the value of our nation: The people. We the people, you and I and all the rest, form this great Union. Our Union has been under massive assault for several decades. I am among the first to admit that my generation has created a bit of a mess.

I urge and encourage each of you to stay your course. Organizations such as the NRA and certain corporations await the day when your interest and enthusiasm wane. They look forward to the day when your priorities change; when your desire for a better and more reasoned America gives way to your education and your careers. That is precisely how my generation got seduced. All the while we were following the “American Dream”, they were assuring that dream would never be fully realized.

By and large, the people of our nation are truly good people; no matter their race, religion, nationality, color or sexual orientation. America has long been called the “melting pot” of the world. There are those who want to reduce that to one race, one ethnicity. That is NOT who we are. I am asking each of you to seize the day, “Carpe diem!”, and restore our great nation to her rightful course!

A PROUD U.S. AIR FORCE VETERAN
“Every Man of Courage is a Man of His Word.”
Member, National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution

Post on HuffPost re Michelle Wolf’s Roast of Correspondents’ Dinner

Trump’s entire mission is to suppress and destroy. The fact Michelle Wolf has created a wedgie for Trumpty Dumpty is in fact a good thing. Did Wolf cross the line a couple times? Yes. Perhaps Wolf’s “shock therapy” has ignited a fire among members of the press corps who have become too lax, too easy and so protective of their station in the media world they are failing at harsh criticism and critique. Except for Trump’s minions, the rest of us know all too well that Trump sees himself as an American emperor/dictator wannabe. He wants to rule with a stiff hand, perpetually flashing a mirror in from of himself to suggest he is such a beautiful lad. Well, he isn’t. In fact, Trump is ugly on the inside and the outside. He is a Machiavellian Frankenstein who should in fact be forced to eat his own excrement. Thank you, Michelle Wolf!!

Response to del Percio Commentary on Criminal Republicans

Susan del Percio: “I guess it’s a different political norm we are facing today.” In other words, there is no MORAL norm today. Grimm is a thug and a bully. The videotape of his threatening to throw a reporter over a balcony puts Grimm in status with crime families. The Republican candidate from West Virginia believes “coal is coming back” and can care less about what has happened to the lives of his own coal miners.

The average American among the 70% (discounting Trump’s 30% following) simply want to see our country run with a clear sense of direction and decorum; not as a goddamned slugfest. We the people gave away our voices long ago when that Huckster Reagan took office. “Aw shucks” Ronny was the genesis of a nation now reaching the status of shambles. There is no moral culpability; or, liability. Just keep on robbing the public largess while seeing who can tell the next best lie. We want better. We deserve better. But, the fact is our country is run and ruined by corporate moguls who have every Member of Congress in their hip pocket