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Being Liberal Does Not Make Me Un-American

On a good day I have been called a bleeding heart.  On a good day.

There are groups that use terms like “Freedom” or “Patriot” to portray a notion that their ideas and opinions or more American than others.  They self proclaim that they are the true Americans, and that those who do not think the way they do are somehow Un-American.

On a bad day I have been called a Communist or a trader or things much worse.

Being liberal does not make me un-American.  I enjoy baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie.  And although I do not drive a Chevrolet, I do drive an American made automobile.  Ironically, I drive a Jeep Patriot.  My wife and I both drive them.

Jeep Patriot

My stance on certain hot political topics are certainly more to the left than many of these self proclaimed patriots, but these viewpoints do not make me some sort of enemy.  The idea that only people with a certain point of view can be considered true American is the opposite of what this great country was founded to protect.

Our political landscape continues to get more divisive, and we have created an all or nothing environment where differences of opinions are no longer tolerated. Just like the vanishing middle class, a middle ground in all matters of policy no longer exist.  Those who do not conform to the ideas of either side are considered evil or depraved.  And it is this take it or leave it mentality that has created a world where we can no longer have a civil conversation without name calling or finger pointing.  It has created our current election cycle.  It has created intolerance and prejudice.

There was once a time when we welcomed contradictory views.  We had conversations and debates, but in the end we also had mutual respect.

That is gone.

Being a liberal does not make me un-American.  Like many other Americans, both liberal and conservative, I enjoyed a cookout and fireworks while celebrating our Independence Day.  An American Flag flew outside our home this weekend.  A flag that I am very proud to display and honor.  A flag that stands as a symbol for all Americans.  Not just those who claim to be patriots.

American Flag

Happy 4th of July to all.

Tom 365 – May 3, 2016

Happy Birthday, Stephanie. 

Quarter of a Century. 

Not an Addict

It’s not a habit, it cool, I feel alive.

A brief history of my relationship with booze, over the course of this blog.

Tom 365 – April, 2016

The early bird - Tom 365 - April 14, 2016

Our first sighting of a cardinal.  The female made an appearance too, but I was too slow with the camera.  I think they have a nest with chicks in our back trees.  They seemed to be collecting, not eating.

Tom 365 – April 1, 2016

Tom 365 - April 1, 2016 - Orchids

I know.  I just posted a flower picture yesterday, but when I got home, one of the orchid buds had bloomed.  I had bought them for my wife over the winter, but then we decided to try and keep it alive for a second blooming.



Tom 365 – March 20, 2016

First Bloom 2016

First blooms of 2016.  Yellow daffodils from our next door neighbor.

These are daffodils, right?

Tom 365 – March 19, 2016

Sepia Piano

Playing with my camera today.

Black and White Piano

Same basic shot in three different color settings.

color piano

I think I found the sepia setting the most interesting.

sepia keys

What do you think?


Tom 365 – March 2, 2016

Forgotten Soldier

A forgotten soldier.  This guy made it all the way until March before he was discovered.  Maybe he should stay a little longer.  He wasn’t doing any harm sitting on that shelf all winter.

Tom 365 – February 27, 2016

(un)hinged - Black and White

Found an old barn, but i could not decide which picture I liked best.

Black and White

(un)hinged - Color

Or Color.


Tom 365 – February 24, 2016


The face we all made this morning when we saw the snow falling.