Saturday, October 24, 2015

I'm Proud to be a Liberal

As we move rapidly toward another crucial election cycle I wanted to reflect and share why I’m a proud liberal. There are many attempts to intentionally misrepresent what liberal means and I reject such dishonest attacks upon the liberal community by people working to mischaracterize me. I do believe that the generosity of most Americans during national disasters and tragedies is clearly indicative of a strong, resilient and caring liberal America.

As a liberal I want every American to reach their potential. Every American should have the opportunity to be well-educated, self-reliant and productive – to lead a satisfying life. I also understand that the greatness of any society isn’t derived from any single individual. The Apollo program didn’t begin and end with Neil Armstrong. It was about all of us working together as Americans to make a lunar landing possible. Together Americans have accomplished great things –and together –we can again.

I often hear a great deal about “Big Government”. I do not want “big government”. I don’t want “small government”. I want government that is efficient, transparent and accountable to all of us –not just the obscenely wealthy. And I most certainly don’t want a government that is so big –it insinuates itself into a very personal and difficult decision between a woman and her doctor.

I am not anti-wealth. However I make an important distinction between those that have gained wealth through innovation, risk and monumental effort (creating companies and sometimes entire industries) and those that simply want to take wealth through loopholes, rigging the economic system and not creating anything other than a weaker America.

I want retirement security for our elders. No one living on fixed income should ever have to choose between medicine and food.

I’m grateful for the Affordable Care Act –it has given millions of Americans access to health insurance. Nevertheless I want high-quality universal healthcare for all Americans. Healthcare that transforms the system from expensive, emergency and reactive medicine to proactive, preventative management as a key to controlling skyrocketing costs. And I want to reform the pharmaceutical industry or “Big Pharma” to control healthcare costs. No one should have to go bankrupt in order to pay for the care of a loved one suffering from a catastrophic medical condition such as cancer or ALS.

I want sustainable economic growth that creates opportunity and fairly rewards workers and management for their hard work. No worker should have to subsist on taxpayer funded social welfare while executives are shopping for another summer home. And I believe a woman performing the same work as a man should not earn less than her male counterparts.

I believe that “Trickle Down economics” is not economics –it is a massive fraud perpetrated by the obscenely wealthy on the working class and poor. The American economic engine is the middle class. When the majority of American working families are thriving –the American economy grows –and America becomes stronger. When wealth is just concentrated at the top –and a few crumbs drop down –that is not greatness –it leads to a climate of fear, anxiety and uncertainty for most Americans.

I want a system of law enforcement and justice that works for every American. No mother or father should have to worry when their child leaves the house to go to work, school or anywhere and is targeted because of the color of their skin. We cannot be a nation of racism rooted in ignorance and blind hatred.

I believe in well-funded infrastructure –our bridges, highways and mass transit systems. Infrastructure represents the lifeblood of commerce –it’s how we move things from manufacturers to store shelves. It should be safe, reliable, fast and efficient.

I believe in the beauty of America –our coastline, mountains, valleys and forests. I believe in our system of State and National parks and monuments –so we can protect pristine beauty for future generations of Americans.

I believe in an America that takes responsibility for its mistakes and injustices of the past –an America that learns from them and strives toward justice –in foreign and domestic policy.

No election should be bought and paid for by a mega-corporation, a small group of obscenely wealthy individuals, a foreign government or a mysterious organization with a group of people hiding behind its legal structure. We need to massively restructure campaign finance law so every voter knows who is funding each candidate, issue or ballot initiative with strict limits on contributions.

I am fortunate to live in Oregon. We have a legislature that protects and expands voter rights. In other legislatures across the country there is clearly a fear of democracy –where they have disenfranchised voters, closed offices where people could obtain necessary documentation made mandatory to vote (disproportionately affecting people of color, the elderly and working poor) and have gerrymandered districts to maintain control regardless of the majority will of the people.

Education is the foundation for a strong, competitive America. I want the best public education system in the world so future generations of Americans will be prepared to handle unprecedented environmental, energy, security and geo-political challenges offered by a rapidly changing world. We need well-paid teachers, small classroom sizes and the resources to not only educate however to create a life-long commitment to learning in every citizen. I believe in an America that invests in more schools –not more prisons.

College and University must be affordable. If we saddle each new generation with growing school loan debt –we will not be able to employ our best and brightest in areas of public service –teachers, professors, research scientists, government or non-profit organizations.

I believe in affordable early education and quality childcare for working single parents and families.

We can no longer tear families apart through immigration policies that no longer serve America. We must create a meaningful path to citizenship for people that work hard and are as committed to the American dream as we are. The Statue of Liberty has the quote ““Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This opportunity has led to our diversity and richness as a society.

We must not infringe upon people’s right to own guns. However –we must have the mechanisms in place as a society to ensure responsible gun ownership. As long as there are guns there will be accidental shootings and violent crimes in which guns are used. While we cannot yet ensure that anyone squeezing a trigger is a responsible gun owner -we must recognize that guns are weapons of death and carnage –as proven every day in America –and we must do all we can to prevent accidents and gun violence regardless of the protests of extreme fundamentalists of the NRA and other fringe domestic groups.

Whether you are a teacher, a plumber, a firefighter, a soldier or a nurse –you should not have to pay more in income taxes on a percentage basis than an investment banker, Wall Street executive or CEO. Similarly if you own a small to mid-size business –a restaurant, a kite shop, a roofing company –you should not be subject to the same taxes, regulations and fees of a large mega-corporation. We must reform our system of taxes and regulation to encourage investment in America –not hording cash offshore. We must not provide economic incentives for mega-corporations to close facilities in America and shift operations elsewhere around the world to avoid paying workers fairly. We must provide the opportunity and resources for our small “mom and pop” businesses to thrive. We must restore “Main Street” America through proper and fair economic incentives.

I believe in a strong, well-funded and well-equipped military –so we don’t have to go to war. I believe in diplomacy and strength as the core of our American character –and view war as an absolute last resort. Liberals prefer to work with the international community as a strong, benevolent partner –instead of a foreign policy best described as “Let them hate us as long as they fear us”. And when we must send our military into harm’s way –we do not invade the wrong country and create complete regional chaos –and we have an exit strategy. And we believe in honoring and helping our veterans adjust back to civilian life.

We must embrace scientific research –and use it to guide our governmental policy and investment. We cannot ignore the reality and impact of climate change. We are fortunate in Lincoln County and as Oregonians to have elected officials that respect science -our best, brightest most educated minds that have warned us about climate change for many years (just as they did when a link was made between smoking and lung cancer). In spite of the massive money invested by the Koch Brothers, Exxon Mobil, Chevron and others to create confusion and delay- we must act boldly and rapidly to protect the only home we have.  I’m very grateful for Oregon legislators like Senator Arnie Roblan, Representative David Gomberg and others that voted to extend the provisions of our Clean Fuels Bill. What is lost in the constant lying about the bill in direct mailings and letters to local papers (probably funded by Big Oil) is that Consumer Reports, a long trusted non-profit research organization, continues to stand behind the passage of the Clean Fuels bill and its provisions because it expands competition for fuel and for the positive environmental impact. We must transition from oil, coal and fracking to solar, wind and other safe, clean and renewable alternatives.

If we truly aspire toward democracy –we must be a well-educated and informed society.  Not only should we be investing in education –we must make real journalism thrive again. As media has consolidated and television, radio and print media have slashed costs in order to create profitability –our access to unfettered information has greatly suffered. Without a well-funded “Fourth Estate” that properly seeks and reports factual information –we get the result we have today –opinions and perspectives funded by the obscenely wealthy telling you who to blame, telling you that fracking is good, labeling GMO’s are bad, immigrants are bad, climate change is a Democratic plot and war is good. From our local newspapers and media –through national news –we must have organizations dedicated to the pursuit of the truth. We need publications that aren’t afraid to call out lies and misinformation whether by a public official, an opinion piece or other form of intentional attempts to mislead the public.

I am proud to be a liberal –because liberals are about empowering individuals to be self-reliant however we also recognize that beyond the individual there is greatness in what we accomplish together. When we work together as a society our young nation creates fairness, justice and opportunity for all.  We become a beacon for what is possible for the rest of the world and America leads by example. 

I am proud to be a liberal.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

And this new poll just announced ...

There is new Election 2016 poll data released every five minutes.  While it's moderately entertaining -it is a generally mindless activity.

If as much attention was devoted to understanding the stated positions of the candidates, how their stated positions align with voting patterns and who is funding them we would be reasonably informed by the time we needed to cast our ballot (provided we have not already been disenfranchised by those state and local governments that are controlled by Republicans -or we disenfranchise ourselves for the GOP by not engaging in the process).

Instead we now seem to have a system by which "Candidate X" says something outrageous -everyone offended by "Candidate X" demands an apology -and the results of a new poll is published showing the impact of "Candidate X's" statement.

This is coupled with the fact that (and already in early voting states) millions of dollars are flowing in to purchase political ads and commercials which allows you to fundamentally say anything -repeatedly.

For example imagine a dark political ad (I know it's a stretch):

Screen is black -then slowly the image of a hungry young child appears. A voice-over begins "How many times did candidate Y vote to support a Hungry Children initiative? ... zero times." Screen fades again to black with a "Paid for by the Citizens Against Child Hunger."  Subsequently a new poll showing Candidate X gaining ground and Candidate Y slipping. What is lost is that there is no "Hungry Children initiative" (because it may have been called "Healthy Families" or many other reasons) and "Citizens Against Child Hunger" may really be an industry group led by Monsanto, WalMart and/or the Koch brothers.

The manner in which we elect candidates to represent our interests at all levels is deeply flawed. Would you hire a personal assistant to work in your home without interviewing them, checking references and gaining insight as to how they will help you?  When we vote to elect a representative -the consequences of poor choices are much higher. Poor choices in representation can lead to invading the wrong country, raising taxes on the poor and working class -while lowering them for the obscenely wealthy, eliminating environmental regulations meant to protect our air, water and forests; eliminating worker rights and protections, appointing people to our courts that believe that justice is for those who can afford it.

We must demand a thorough examination of candidates for local, state and federal office. A series of 100's of hours of checking voting patterns (or other candidate history) and how they align with stated positions and grading them. Providing detailed, transparent disclosure information on how the candidates are funded. And once the field has been reduced to a manageable number -then a series of debates.

Polling every five minutes is nothing more than another distraction -meant to shift us from demanding a deep examination. There is no substance. The polling emperor is wearing no clothes.

Monday, September 7, 2015

A Celebration of Workers -Happy Labor Day!

Labor Day
This weekend many of us are celebrating the last throes of summer (I'm working -however it is for a good cause -so I'm not bitter about it. Generally not too bitter -that is until I see the picnics on the beach, the kite's drifting by and the happy sounds of families playing).
Americans work hard -we work longer hours, and generate more productivity while taking less vacation than anywhere else in the world. We do this to provide a better life for ourselves and our families.

The real war on American workers
Over the past few generations -the American worker has been an unwitting participant in an all-out economic war. Through tax policy, privatization and the attack on labor unions the quality of life and political power of the American working class has been effectively marginalized. In Lewis Powell's confidential memo to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in August of 1971 -he describes an America where labor has become too strong politically -and he provides the strategy which has led to the growing economic disparity today between the obscenely wealthy and everyone else. Powell was later nominated to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court by Richard Nixon.

Battlefield: Tax Fairness
For every hour we work we generate value. Some of that value is hopefully returned to us. Some of the value may go to the owner of the business we work for. Some of the value may go into government to pay for roads, highways, bridges, schools, police, fire and defense (a great deal goes into defense). Some value may go toward our retirement security. The value that is generated goes to us, ownership and government. In the late 1970's the federal income tax rate for those earning more than $200,000 per year was 70%. Over the course of the Reagan Administration -taxes on the wealthiest American's fell to 28% while increasing for the middle class. This means that for the average worker -for each hour -you were paying the government more -to make up for the wealthy paying less. Tax policy (income taxes, estate taxes, taxes on investment gains and corporate taxes) are just one battlefield in which the average American worker is losing.

Battlefield: Wages
Another significant battlefield is on wages. Beginning in the late 1980's -and as American worker productivity was continuing to climb higher -Executive salary was skyrocketing. It's easy to understand why. An easy example is as follows. Let's say you own a business and you employ 100 workers and you pay them $8.00 an hour (above the $7.25/hour minimum wage). Those workers are each responsible for producing $50,000 of profit each year for your business. You now have $5,000,000 of profit at the end of the year.

A) You could pay a bonus to each of your workers of $40,000 each -and still pay yourself a hefty bonus of $1,000,000. You could also double the wages of your workers (to $16.00) and hour -and if your business remained the same year over year -you'd still have a significant profit at the end of every year.

B) You could pay a bonus (dividends) to shareholders of $2,000,000 congratulate yourself with a $3,000,000 bonus and buy each of your workers a turkey (while encouraging them to apply for Food Stamps and other taxpayer funded benefits -you know, the WalMart business model). And by the way -you own a majority of the stock and collect most of the stock dividends so even a large part of $2,000,000 in stock dividends makes its way to your bank account.

Most CEO's and executives opt for the "WalMart" wage model. The chart above serves as evidence of that fact. And is also important to understand why "trickle down economics" is really nothing more than a massive fraud perpetrated upon American society by the wealthy (and the GOP party that they control). What do you think is better for the economy? One person with $5,000,000 in their pocket (you know, the "job creator") or one hundred workers with $40,000 each to spend. This is why an American worker making a living wage -reaping a decent amount of value from his or her productivity is so vital to our economic strength (and America). It is the working class/middle class engine that fuels American strength and growth. The consolidation of wealth (and power) to the top 1% works incredibly well for the 1%. It makes us more fragile as a nation -it weakens America and diminishes the future we could all have.

In an article from The Atlantic by Gillian White, Jan Rivkin an economist and senior associate dean for research at Harvard said "From the end of WWII until the 1970s productivity in the U.S. and median wages grew in lockstep. But from the late 1970s until today we've seen a divergence, with productivity growing faster than wages. The divergence indicates that companies and the people who own and run them are doing much better than the people who work at the companies."  In other words -the workers create value (profit) -and this productivity or value is taken from them with a pat on the back and a "thanks, you might get to do this again tomorrow" and it is paid to the executives.

Let's face it. Trickle down economics works beautifully. It does precisely what it is designed to do -move money, power and quality of life from the poor, working poor and middle class to the obscenely wealthy. It is not a failed economic theory. And it's not accidentally stupid. It is massive legalized fraud -and every time someone votes for the GOP they are simply perpetuating the stealing of our quality of life -and that of our children and grandchildren.

Battlefield: Time
We are working longer hours and harder -for less. And the GOP response from Presidential Candidate Jeb Bush? "You aren't working hard enough". Nevertheless -take a look at the chart below. When we work harder and longer -we have less time with our families, less time to raise our children, care for our elders or become involved in our schools and community. We live paycheck to paycheck and are ruled by fear, anxiety and economic uncertainty. When we are fearful -we are easier to control.

Battlefield: Unions
Our historical struggle to unite and collectively bargain has been under siege since Reagan fired all of the Air Traffic Control workers (the PATCO strike of 1981).

Since that time -Union power has continued to be attacked by "Right to Work" or anti-Collective Bargaining initiatives (which are really thinly-veiled Orwellian phrases for employers can do whatever they want, anytime they want), the "WalMart" business model, the offshoring of manufacturing and other jobs and the Koch-brothers funded attack on Unions led by Scott Walker in Wisconsin, John Kasich in Ohio and many other GOP candidates and elected officials. The attacks are waged through legislation, ballot initiatives and court challenges that effectively diminish the political strength of Unions and the ability for workers to collectively bargain for fair wages and benefits.

While Unions must modernize and recognize that they must advocate strongly for workers -they must also work collaboratively to derive the best outcomes for the workers they represent and society as a whole. And we must honor and remember all those that have struggled, fought and died so we can unite and demand that our work is valued properly, that we can rebuild the American dream and that we are all brothers and sisters together working for a better life for our children and our future.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Don't Read This ... Nothing to See Here ...

The Fall 2015 Fox replacement for the popular show "American Idol" is the GOP Debate series. It is spectacle and theater that even has some of my left of center friends talking about "if you had to, which of them would you vote for?"

Of course the debates are entertaining. Laugh In was funny, Saturday Night Live -occasionally funny. Curb Your Enthusiasm? -always funny. However to think any of the candidates offered by the party working to destroy the hard fought gains in civil rights, voting rights and women's rights; promotes a foreign policy equivalent to "Let them hate us as long as they fear us" -a policy of perpetual war (paid for in blood by our poor and working class -and in future generations of indebtedness) -while ensuring that everyone has a gun or assault rifle would be acceptable as President is irreconcilable and irresponsible.

Nevertheless -it is a spectacle -and it is successfully distracting us. The real issues as I see them are

  • The Iran Nuclear Agreement (which will avoid yet another long, protracted war in the Middle East -and all of the horror that manifest in war -for generations).
  • The growing inequality between those that have and those that don't in America stemming from tax and economic policy from the disastrous Reagan administration.
  • The regressive attack on women's rights, racial justice and voting rights. 
  • The attacks on our environment (Keystone XL, the Gulf Coast has a dead zone from the BP catastrophe, the negligence by All American Plains leading to the pipeline disaster in central California and now Shell is on their way to destroy the Arctic). 
  • Attacks on environmental protection and regulation.
  • Attacks on Unions and the middle class.
  • The war on education and intellectual capability. 
  • Ignorance-fueled discrimination against people by those hiding behind "religious liberty" as a means to hate.
  • The attacks on tax fairness that subvert a progressive tax system such that the wealthy and corporations legally avoid their responsibility to America.

The spectacle IS American Idol's Fall season replacement on Fox.

Let's not forget for a moment what is really going on -and what is really at stake. It is well past time for all of us to unite and demand that "We the People" not the Koch brothers, the NRA's, the extreme fundamentalists of any faith, the Exxons, Chevrons or "Defense" industry are represented by our Government. Our Government is not separate from us -it is an extension of our civic engagement, voting -and carefully monitoring our elected officials so they are in fact representing the best interests of American society -not a particular party or of the wealthiest Americans.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Climate Denial -Response to an Opinion called "Unsettled", Newport NewsTimes, August 5, 2015

Response to an Opinion called "Unsettled", Newport NewsTimes, August 5, 2015

We are very grateful to Rep. Gomberg and Senator Roblan for their leadership -and to the 2015 Oregon State Legislature overall in this past session. While Mr. Folkers note appears fittingly in the "Opinion" section -I do hope the NewTimes will follow with at least 97 peer-reviewed articles written by Climatologists that have not been paid by Big Oil or Koch front groups to deceive the American public about climate change.
I'm not sure where SB941 (Background checks for gun sales) fits into an opinion about climate change -however every responsible gun owner (and law enforcement representative) I know would prefer to keep guns out of the hands of the emotionally disturbed, people with restraining orders and convicted felons. While legislation certainly provides no guarantee -it makes access to guns more challenging. When it is more difficult to obtain and possess a weapon -gun related crimes drop significantly -all around the world. This is statistical fact.
Climate change is not a political issue at all. Based upon his disrespectful statement about former VP Al Gore it is clear to me that Mr. Folkers has been deceived into believing that it is. Rigorously collected trending data from NASA and the Climatic Research Units -two of the most trusted entities on climate research positively connect the dangerous trending rise in planetary surface temperature. This is accelerating rapid, readily observed decrease in Arctic sea ice and permafrost and leading to unprecedented climate events around the world.
One of the climate "deniers" cited in Mr. Folkers' Big Oil marketing piece is a chemist, not a climatologist. There is no doubt Leslie Woodcock is smart and well-educated man. However if you have a heart ailment and 97 heart specialists told you that you needed a procedure in order to live -and a proctologist told you it wasn't necessary -what would you do? Personally, I'd have the recommended heart procedure, wouldn’t you?
Mr. Folkers further misinterpreted physicist John Cook -either willfully or due to ignorance -and in either case irresponsibly. Studies by Naomi Oreskes and later by John Cook clearly conclude that that there is a 97.1% consensus among peer-reviewed climatologists that climate change is real.  (
Climate denial -which has led to public confusion and inaction is an absolute threat to our existence -and that is why the term now has a very negative connotation. Vast amounts of money have been expended by the Koch brothers, Big Oil, Coal and Fracking industry  -as there is significant revenue and profit to be made (without regard to environmental damage or societal risk). The delay in taking profound action provides additional opportunity to derive record quarterly profit –while putting all of our lives, our children’s lives and generations yet to come at risk.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

"Things Go Better With Koch" announces GOP

Not a real Press Release ... or is it? 

For Immediate Release:
Wichita, Kansas - August 1, 2015 - Koch Fertilizer LLC, a division of Koch Industries is a market leading provider of well, you know has completed its acquisition of the Republican Party (GOP).

With this acquisition Koch Fertilizer strengthens its leadership position as a global provider that delivers powerful and effective excrement to the rapidly growing market of working poor and poor in America and around the world. This will also streamline accounting operations -no longer will Koch Industries need to funnel massive amounts of funding through nefarious front-groups in order to buy members of Congress or State and Local government. 

"We think this will provide an excellent opportunity to gain access to all of the funds in the social security system while completely eliminating pesky labor unions." said a Koch spokesperson.

Post-closing -Koch will control the U.S. House of Representatives, State Legislatures in Kansas, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Arizona and the deep South.

About Koch
Koch Industries are a world leader in subversion of democracy, destroying the environment, obfuscation of climate change to delay critically-needed action and own more elected officials and candidates than any competitor. They are also widely recognized as instrumental in continuing Ronald Reagan’s work with regard to the evisceration of labor unions.

About the Republican Party(GOP)
The GOP is recognized as a leader in implementing policy that has allowed the consolidation of wealth and power to the obscenely wealthy through lower tax rates, the work to eliminate capital gains and estate taxes and the preferential treatment of trillions of dollars shifted to offshore banks by their donors. They have been instrumental in limiting women’s rights, invading the wrong countries, destroying the public education system and making higher education unaffordable. They have also helped eliminate American jobs by creating incentives to shift them overseas; are working to keep women, our elderly and people of color from voting; continue to obstruct efforts to address climate change; advocate for discrimination based upon not being a christian white male; work closely with the NRA to ensure that even (white) people with severe mental health issues can be heavily armed and pass laws such as “Stand Your Ground” allowing white people to shoot people of color because of a hoodie.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

A Broken Promise

There was an America that was promised to me in my youth.

It was a strong, diverse and vibrant America. With liberty and justice for all.

For ALL.

A place where you could look to the sky or oceans and think of exploration, science and math.  

Where every child born would have the opportunity to learn without fear.

Where regardless of race, gender, orientation or belief, academic achievement in school would be rewarded with affordable college or university –so we could educate the next generation of doctors,  scientists, lawyers and educators.

A place where we recognized our past injustices as a nation and protected voting rights for all people.

Where we valued our elders and did not diminish their quality of life through attacking their retirement income and security.

Where we recognized and balanced individual responsibility with societal responsibility.

Where we recognized that we need to fund and maintain a well-equipped and technologically superior military defense capability –so we remain strong and don't have to engage in conflict. Not to the point where every man, woman and child in America spends over $3,300 per year each on a military budget that is larger than what Russia, China, Japan, Germany, France, United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia spend combined.

Where broadcast news was information we needed to make good decisions as individuals, families, communities and as a country. Not propaganda from those that have amassed obscene wealth repeated by the corporations that they own to keep us distracted and divided.

Where “…give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” was not just a fading slogan on a statue.

Where we were not simply acquiescing to the pressure to extract profit from and ruin everything that belongs to all of us –the oceans, the mountaintops, forests, rivers and streams.

A place where we built and MAINTAINED great things –roads, highways, bridge, railways -our infrastructure.

Where we all felt keeping assault rifles or semi-automatic guns out of the hands of known criminals and/or those that are mentally unstable was a good idea.

Where we honor our veterans returning home with care, jobs and security.

Where all hard work is recognized and rewarded,  the right for people to get together and collectively bargain for decent, living wages is respected and protected.

A place where we can turn on our faucet and have safe, clean and good-tasting drinking water.

Where we have pollution-free skies -whether we live in Beverly Hills or Richmond.

Where we have state and national parks to preserve the splendor of nature for all future generations.

Where all people viewed their taxes as a patriotic responsibility to invest in our society.

A place where justice is equal –not privatized prisons filled with young people of color while those that have stolen wealth from each of us, destroyed our environment and have dramatically weakened 
America accumulate more wealth so they may purchase more elections.

A place where love is love.

Where people are people and corporations are not.

Where speech is speech and money is not.

Where the interests of the American people are represented and promoted by our government over the interests of the accumulation of obscene wealth (the Koch brothers, The WalMart/Walton Heirs and a few hundred others).

A place that respects the beliefs of others and distinguishes belief from scientific fact and discovery.

A place where we reward risk and effort that leads to societal innovation.

Where the American community believes all people should have access to safe, affordable housing; decent medical and dental care; mental health care; to live life with dignity.

Is it too late?

People that are working to take all they can from the middle class and poor would like it to be. 

It’s only too late if we allow it. If we give up. If we don’t vote. 

Together we can reclaim the promise America once held.

Together we can.