For starters, I am…
… an African-American mother…
… an unapologetic President Obama supporter.
… a native New Yorker. However, I now live in a town about 20 miles outside of Atlanta. After living in the south for over 10 years, I’m still an avid Yankee, Knicks and Mets fan. The Atlanta Braves, Falcons and Hawks are okay as long as a NY team is not playing opposite them.
… passionate about politics. I’m certain that passion peeks out from time to time in some of my posts, like this one.
… a believer in freedom of choice for women, although, as a mother MY choice was to have my children. Every woman should be able to make her own personal choice without interference from outside influences.
… a progressive and/or liberal, but I resent the negative term “socialist” or “communist”. I believe those descriptions of progressives by some, are not only historically inaccurate, but are used to denigrate progressives/liberals. I choose NOT to be defined by others. I am who I am.
… an admirer of the late, former NY State Governor, Mario Cuomo who once said this:
We believe in a government that is characterized by fairness and reasonableness, a reasonableness that goes beyond labels, that doesn’t distort or promise to do things that we know we can’t do. We believe in encouraging the talented. We believe in a government strong enough to use words like “love” and “compassion” and smart enough to convert our noblest aspirations into practical realities. We believe in only the government we need, but we insist on all the government we need.We believe — We believe as Democrats, that a society as blessed as ours, the most affluent democracy in the world’s history, one that can spend trillions on instruments of destruction, ought to be able to help the middle class in its struggle, ought to be able to find work for all who can do it, room at the table, shelter for the homeless, care for the elderly and infirm, and hope for the destitute. And we proclaim as loudly as we can the utter insanity of nuclear proliferation and the need for a nuclear freeze, if only to affirm the simple truth that peace is better than war because life is better than death.We believe in a single — We believe in a single fundamental idea that describes better than most textbooks and any speech that I could write what a proper government should be: the idea of family, mutuality, the sharing of benefits and burdens for the good of all, feeling one another’s pain, sharing one another’s blessings — reasonably, honestly, fairly, without respect to race, or sex, or geography, or political affiliation.We believe we must be the family of America, recognizing that at the heart of the matter we are bound one to another, that the problems of a retired school teacher in Duluth are our problems; that the future of the child — that the future of the child in Buffalo is our future; that the struggle of a disabled man in Boston to survive and live decently is our struggle; that the hunger of a woman in Little Rock is our hunger; that the failure anywhere to provide what reasonably we might, to avoid pain, is our failure.
The set of principles laid out in Mario Cuomo’s speech, so many years ago, describes all that I believe in, politically.
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