Who Am I?
I was a Republican my entire life – until the Bush years. I’d been a member of the Young Republicans, College Republicans, etc. I’d even worked on Reagan’s National Campaign and Transition teams; but somewhere along the line – George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Trump – the Republican Party changed from what I’d grown up in, and I suppose I’d changed as well; in a genuine sense, grown up. This blog is an extension of who I am, politically speaking. Politically, as Ronald Reagan described himself, I’m an FDR Democrat.
I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I’m sure some will say, how can I be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a Democrat? I answer that question, as did the former Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the late Harry Reid, “I am a Democrat because I am a Mormon, not in spite of it.”
I spent 27 years serving the United States and upholding my oath to preserve and protect the Constitution as a member of the United States Army, both as an enlisted soldier and as an officer, having served in the Active Army, the Army Reserves, and the National Guard. When I joined the Army, my Dad said, “Butch, you’re going to think the Army has the corner on idiots. But, you’ll find there are idiots everywhere.” I’ve served in diverse places and in various positions; I’ve served with some idiots, but mostly it’s been my great pleasure – and blessing – to serve with some of the best men and women I know; I’m thankful for both the experience and the opportunity to serve my country.
I’ve worked as both a broadcast and print journalist and spent 20 years as a middle and high school teacher teaching Aviation History, Civics, U.S. History, World History, Government, Economics, Journalism, Health, American Literature, British Literature, and World Literature. I’ve coached both football and girl’s softball. I’ve fought many battles against administrators and fellow teachers who were clueless and didn’t seem to care much about the students. I’ve filed Title IX suits – and won – against a school district that thought Title IX was more of a guideline than a law (they were found to have violated the law on some 24 counts) and another which thought it was OK to victim shame mid-school girls who had been sexually harassed. I also once filed – and won – a USERA complaint against a rather obtuse high school principal who fired me because of my service in the Army – the US Department of Labor found the individual had not just violated but “willfully” violated USERA. I am generally peaceful, but I will stand up and fight for things I believe in or against bullies. A friend once compared me to Don Quixote with a little Ulysses threw in. I always liked that description.
I’m a card-carrying member of the ACLU and the NAACP. I’ve stood for civil rights on many occasions; to me, discrimination is wrong. There is nothing more to say; it’s wrong.
I know thousands of blogs deal with American politics, but this is my space where I can comment on what I’m seeing and thinking. I Hope those who find themselves here will enjoy what they read and maybe look at things differently.