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 Topic: Why isn't there a special topic for "politics"?

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Robert Mc  



Joined: 15 Jan 2004
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Interests: Politics, gay issues, human rights, classical and ethnic music and art, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery, health and fitness, spirituality... We need support to fight homophobia by a hardcore of religious and political leaders who managed to con
Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 15 Jan 2004, 7:17 pm    Post subject: Why isn't there a special topic for "politics"? Reply with quote

I enjoy discussing hot political issues with those who agree or disagree with me. I grew up in Hyde Park, New York, and knew Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt who motivated me to be a liberal Democrat. I respected and loved this wonderful woman! All my life I have been a Democratic.

Since Bill Clinton's last couple years in office, I switched to the Republican Party. I was turned off by the Democrats pandering to the Puerto Rican anti-American independentistas. It really disturbed me when Clinton freed the Puerto Rican territorists so that his wife would get the Latino vote in New York when she ran for U.S. Senator from New York State.

Now I have these strong feelings that as a gay person interested in human rights for all the people, I would be more comfortable returning to the Democratic Party. I admire several of the Democratic candidates for the presidential nomination viewpoint on gay issues. I particular like the way Gephart embraces his lesbian daughter and is proud to be with her. Vice President Chaney has a gay daughter, but tries to keep her in the closet. I fear that I am in denial about George W. Bush. I don't want to consider the truth about him and the Republicans in power.

My question is: "Is it possible for a gay person interested in political participation to be a Republican?" Should I return to the Democratic Party? All my life I was a proud Democrat.
I am now seventy-five-years old and retired in the Metro San Juan area of Puerto Rico. Puerto Ricans have this very macho image. However, I feel that most Puerto Ricans are gay friendly when you deal directly with them on a one-to-one basis. By the way, as a resident of the territory of Puerto Rico, I cannot vote for president or vice president of the United States. Also, our Resident Commission (Delegate to the House of Representatives does not have the power to vote on the floor of the House.)

There is no separation of Church and State in Puerto Rican. When I went to a Puerto Rico Govenment Office to register to vote in the local primary, I saw an enormous picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the wall. By its surface soiling, it had to have been hanging on that wall in a government public area to register to vote for some time. When I complained, I was told that there is nothing wrong with having Jesus on the wall because "Puerto Rico is a Christian nation." Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States under the same U.S. Constitution as the fifty states. The Separation of Church and State should apply to Puerto Rico as much as it does to each state of the Union.

Political leaders meet with religious zealots on the Puerto Rico Capitol Building to condemn homosexuals as immoral and a corrupting influence to society. Tourists are shocked by the governmental leaders (politicians) joining forces with the religious zealots and political bigots to condemn all homosexuals.
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Robert Mc  



Joined: 15 Jan 2004
Posts: 49
Interests: Politics, gay issues, human rights, classical and ethnic music and art, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery, health and fitness, spirituality... We need support to fight homophobia by a hardcore of religious and political leaders who managed to con
Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 16 Jan 2004, 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorge Santini is a member of the New Progressive Party (NPP) here in Puerto Rico. He is currently running for re-election as Mayor of the Municipality of San Juan. Eduardo Bhatia is a member of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP). In 1999 he lost the mayoral election to Jorge Santini. This year he running again against Santini.

One persistent rumor about Eduardo Bhatia is that he never dates a woman except when he is running for an elective office. Then, he will frequently be seen with a beauty queen. Rumors has it that his is all for show to win the macho, anti-gay vote in Puerto Rico.

Many who have connection with the drug world on the island have reported that Santini snorts cocaine. One person who works in porno store said that Santini was in rehab with him.

However, as most rumors, there is not proof that Santini snorts and Bhatia is gay. The rumors persists and do not go away. In today's SAN JUAN STAR, January 16, 2003, page 13, there is a news report where Jorge Santini denied he uses cocaine. He also states that he did not start the rumors that Eduardo Bhatia is gay. I wrote the following Readers' Viewpoint (letter to the editor) to THE SAN JUAN STAR.


Regarding the STAR'S news report: "Santini denies using cocaine: say rumors totally false." (Jan. 16) I have heard both these rumors on several occasions from several sources that Santini snorts cocaine and Bhatia is gay.

My own personal opinion about the rumors: I would not vote for a candidate who is still actively snorting cocaine or taking any legal or illegal drugs to feed an addiction. However, I would, without the slightest hesitation, vote for someone who was at one time in his or her life active in a drug addiction and is now clean and sober in recovery. Such a person, no longer in denial, could actually add tremendous insights on how to handle the current problems of alcoholism and drug addiction in Puerto Rico.

Whether a person is gay or straight would not determine whether I vote for him or her. In fact, here in Puerto Rico I would be inclined to vote for a courageous and honest gay candidate who is out and admits to being gay. This open-minded candidate may be a balance to Puerto Rico's religious zealots and political bigots who hate any kind of diversity. However, I would fear a closet gay person because most closet cases would try to prove that he or she is not gay by attacking gay men and women at every opportunity.

A closet case in denial, who is a coke head or gay, can be as dangerous as a cornered rat! We are as sick as our dirty little secrets!
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Robert Mc  



Joined: 15 Jan 2004
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Interests: Politics, gay issues, human rights, classical and ethnic music and art, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery, health and fitness, spirituality... We need support to fight homophobia by a hardcore of religious and political leaders who managed to con
Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 16 Jan 2004, 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Robert Mc wrote:
Jorge Santini is a member of the New Progressive Party (NPP) here in Puerto Rico. He is currently running for re-election as Mayor of the Municipality of San Juan. Eduardo Bhatia is a member of the Popular Democratic Party (PDP). In 1999 he lost the mayoral election to Jorge Santini. This year he running again against Santini.

One persistent rumor about Eduardo Bhatia is that he never dates a woman except when he is running for an elective office. Then, he will frequently be seen with a beauty queen. Rumors has it that his is all for show to win the macho, anti-gay vote in Puerto Rico.

Many who have connection with the drug world on the island have reported that Santini snorts cocaine. One person who works in porno store said that Santini was in rehab with him.

However, as most rumors, there is not proof that Santini snorts and Bhatia is gay. The rumors persists and do not go away. In today's SAN JUAN STAR, January 16, 2003, page 13, there is a news report where Jorge Santini denied he uses cocaine. He also states that he did not start the rumors that Eduardo Bhatia is gay. I wrote the following Readers' Viewpoint (letter to the editor) to THE SAN JUAN STAR.


Regarding the STAR'S news report: "Santini denies using cocaine: say rumors totally false." (Jan. 16) I have heard both these rumors on several occasions from several sources that Santini snorts cocaine and Bhatia is gay.

My own personal opinion about the rumors: I would not vote for a candidate who is still actively snorting cocaine or taking any legal or illegal drugs to feed an addiction. However, I would, without the slightest hesitation, vote for someone who was at one time in his or her life active in a drug addiction and is now clean and sober in recovery. Such a person, no longer in denial, could actually add tremendous insights on how to handle the current problems of alcoholism and drug addiction in Puerto Rico.

Whether a person is gay or straight would not determine whether I vote for him or her. In fact, here in Puerto Rico I would be inclined to vote for a courageous and honest gay candidate who is out and admits to being gay. This open-minded candidate may be a balance to Puerto Rico's religious zealots and political bigots who hate any kind of diversity. However, I would fear a closet gay person because most closet cases would try to prove that he or she is not gay by attacking gay men and women at every opportunity.

A closet case in denial, who is a coke head or gay, can be as dangerous as a cornered rat! We are as sick as our dirty little secrets!

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Robert Mc  



Joined: 15 Jan 2004
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Interests: Politics, gay issues, human rights, classical and ethnic music and art, alcoholism and drug addiction recovery, health and fitness, spirituality... We need support to fight homophobia by a hardcore of religious and political leaders who managed to con
Physical Location: Metro San Juan, Puerto Rico

Posted: 16 Jan 2004, 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In fairness to Jorge Santini, I received this email from a very responsible, honest and upfront official in the Puerto Rican government. I am glad that he replied to me to set the record straight. I accept this official's comments that Santini does not take cocaine. However, even if he did take cocaine at one time and is NOW in recovery today, I would not vote against him for previous drug use. Drug addiction is not a moral issue but an illness that can be treated. Fortunately, I accept the following reasoning that the rumor is a vicous personal attack on Jorge Santini who is now the NPP candidate for re-election as Mayor of San Juan...
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"... I've known Jorge since he was 12 or 13 years old,
lived on Calle Guamaní in Urb. Crown Hills in Cupey
... While he may have other virtues or defects, I
seriously doubt that illegal drug use is one of them.
He's been a member of the National Guard for decades,
and I understand that they are subjected to drug testing
every 6 months and that such testing reveals drug use
up to four months prior, which doesn't leave any real
"windows of opportunity", if we can call it that!

What I find curious is the fact that most political
attacks against him are collateral in nature. The
fact is that he took over a city government with its
finances in shambles and, with no help from the state
government, has slowly started to put the house in
order. Garbage is being picked up, the city looks
cleaner, the municipal police is evidently active
(while the state police has withdrawn hundreds of
officers from service in San Juan), and major public
works are finally starting to take shape. An example
is the $20 million--plus Olympic-class Natatorium that
is beginning to take shape in Parque Central, my
wife's biggest project as the city's Sports &
Recreation head, which was the object of criticism by
some because it required the elimination of several
tennis courts, while new tennis courts were built in
another part of the same park.

From a political standpoint, Jorge is hugely popular
and his charisma is an asset to the party as well as
to his reelection efforts...."
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wik  



Joined: 03 Mar 2003
Posts: 57
Interests: History, the Web
Physical Location: Chicago

Posted: 29 Jan 2004, 10:56 am    Post subject: Re: Why isn't there a special topic for "politics" Reply with quote

Robert Mc wrote:
I enjoy discussing hot political issues with those who agree or disagree with me.


New discussion boards are scheduled to be added in February. Politics will certainly be one of them. Boards on marriage and civil union, history, and several others are also planned. Are there other boards we should add?

Wik
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Sefronia7  



Joined: 02 Apr 2006
Posts: 17
Interests: Everything and nothing

Posted: 12 Jul 2006, 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Icons, for a fluffy change of pace. Let's make it fun around here too, ya know.
xxoo
Sefronia
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gennee  



Joined: 15 Sep 2005
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Interests: reading, writing, poetry, transgender issues, gospel, veteran's issues,jazz,education,religion,literature,Native-American and African culture,lighthouses,trails,castles,tractor trailers, playwriting, biograhies, electronics, bass guitar
Physical Location: new york

Posted: 13 Jul 2006, 8:49 am    Post subject: Other issues Reply with quote

Hi, Robert. I'm a transvestite. While trans issues are imporant to me, so is the war on terror, the education system, and how our resorces are being used. We all have subjects in which we are concerned. It doesn't matter what political party you belong to. You vote for the person you believe will best serve the country.

I am a former Democrat who is a now a registered independent who voted for Bush. I believe that he represented many things that are important to me. There are some areas we disagree on but who agrees with everything someone does? I tell others to vote for the person you feel will best serve the country. I see you have done that and I applaud you. Don't let party affiliation stop you from voting your conscience. Do what you feel is best.

Gennee
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Posted: 31 Jul 2007, 4:00 pm    Post subject: 2008-Very, Very Crucial Election. Reply with quote

The 2008 Presidential election will be a very critical election. More than ever there are so many issues that will have to be dealt with. I'm not a fan of this political campaigning for the next year (ugh!!) but at least we we will have much time and opportunity to examine each candidate with a fine tooth comb.

Though Hilary Clinton is ahead of her Democratic challengers, I don't think she's a lock to get nominated. The Republican race is more muddled. It's important for all of us to be counted and present the things that are important of us.

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