I am a Democrat and mostly lean to the left. I believe ours is a nation that is at its best when we work together. I have on occasion voted for a Republican (never for a Conservative). Republicans and Democrats are not that far from each other on many issues and my true Liberal friends and family are very fond of reminding me of that 🙂
My life has been varied and full. I grew-up a love-child, living in the South during segregation and Jim Crow Laws. I remember holding my mothers hand in the back of the bus or entering back doors to department stores. There were heroes, great men and women that helped bring about a change in the South and rest of America. Muhammad Ali, Bobby Kennedy, James Brown, and more than I can name were some of the heroes of my generation. They were people of principle, people that stood-up for the “mythical little guy” against the System (or Power as it was called then). Watching them being jailed for their beliefs and even give their lives for the greater cause impacted me early on and motivated me to do something with my life.
I am not as religious as my mother would like me to be, but I am a Christian with Moslem and Atheist friends and family members. I respect everyone’s right to believe or not believe in whatever. I am a twenty year retired veteran and have worked on everything from bombs to bacon. I sent over 14 years abroad defending our great nation and hopefully promoting goodwill with many other people and cultures. I am an Artist and have a never ending thrust for technology and the sciences.
The phase “I am because we are” comes from the African word Ubuntu. Ubuntu has many meanings, but the one that I like the most is;
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.