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Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:00 PM

for my 10,000th post! Thank you DU

For giving me a place learn, to discuss, to vent and to laugh!

I have told some of my story and plan to tell some each 5,000 posts. If it doesn't make total sense it is because this is my third language and I still have some trouble with written communication.

The reason why I am a liberal:

I was born to a mother who was born in Frankfurt Germany 10 months after Hitler took power. Her neighborhood was obliterated by allied bombing. My first memory of being cognizant of a war having been waged was sitting on a street trolly in March of 1962 when all of a sudden it and all traffic came to an absolute stop, everyone ceased talking and there was total silence in memory of the ones who lost their lives in the bombing of 1943. And I became anti war and didn't even know it.

My mom was removed along with all children from the major cities by Hitler in the winter of 1943. There was no transportation and because of the long walk into the Bavarian Mountains she got frost bite which turned to gangrene during her pregnancy with me. In order to save my life, she had her leg amputated with just local anesthetic. I watched her struggle through all her life with severe health problems, having a stroke at 39 and dying at 51. So at 15 I was made a foster child and a ward of the state. I remember the snickers of the kids when they saw her artificial leg. and yes it made me anti war!

I had a father who served in World War II, Korea and finally Vietnam. When the Gulf of Tonkin happened the first thing out of his mouth was that we were lying. He was sent to Vietnam and was shot and killed a week before my 7th Christmas. It definitely made me anti war.

When I was 3 months old, I contracted a case of encephalitis in Frankfurt. It left me in the hospital for six months, two in intensive care. My parents bill was under 200.00 it left me with a deep commitment to universal healthcare.

Because of this I always knew, even from early childhood, that political decisions have direct ramifications upon the individual.

And the liberals (through out my life) have always been more cautious in going to war, been more anti war than the Republicans.

Because of my parents death, I was given War Orphans Indemnity Compensation and it enabled me to attend college. Because of that I am indebted to the US public for my education. It gave me the ability to travel all over the world to sing, speak and teach. It also enabled me to have the skills to run for US Congress and event that changed my life to this day.

This coupled with the liberation theology education I had as a child has made me a liberal. Not a progressive but a LIBERAL!

I fully believe in education for all, health care for all, a strong huge safety net, a rising tide that lifts all boats, the right of a strong union to check management and civil rights for all classes. The first thing my parents did when we came to America was take me to the Statue of Liberty and made me memorize Emma Lazerus' quote: "Give me your tired your, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, send these the homeless tempest tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

Thank you DU for a place for hardcore liberals like me to vent...and as the Rev.MLK Jr. said: "The arc of the moral universe tends to bend toward justice" So keeping working folks...and lets laugh and share in the struggle together.





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Reply for my 10,000th post! Thank you DU (Original post)
gopiscrap Nov 2013 OP
In_The_Wind Nov 2013 #1
sheshe2 Nov 2013 #2
Tikki Nov 2013 #3
Laelth Nov 2013 #14
Laelth Nov 2013 #4
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #5
blm Nov 2013 #6
Laelth Nov 2013 #9
hrmjustin Nov 2013 #7
freshwest Nov 2013 #8
lpbk2713 Nov 2013 #10
grantcart Nov 2013 #11
JNelson6563 Nov 2013 #12
ctsnowman Nov 2013 #13
Agschmid Nov 2013 #15
Zeke L Brimstone Nov 2013 #16
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #24
arthritisR_US Nov 2013 #17
Ron Obvious Nov 2013 #18
bearssoapbox Nov 2013 #19
ThoughtCriminal Nov 2013 #20
Playinghardball Nov 2013 #21
calimary Nov 2013 #22
WillyT Nov 2013 #23

Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:11 PM

1. Thank you for sharing your life story with us, gopiscrap.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:18 PM

2. Beautifully stated, gopiscrap.

Your life is an amazing history. Your road was hard, yet your path was clear.

I enjoy reading your posts on DU. Congratulations on your 10,000th post! Another milestone in your life

Thank you for your thread, gopiscrap~

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:24 PM

3. I love this site…we are all from different backgrounds and we love that on this site...

Diversity is the reason why things are alive on this planet…

Congrats on your 10,000 posts…

Tikki

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Response to Tikki (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:35 PM

14. The United States is the most multi-cultural nation on the planet.

If multi-culturalism is going to work anywhere on Earth, it will be here, and we have shown that a healthy dose of liberalism layered on top of some regulated capitalism has made us the richest and most powerful nation in this planet's history.



-Laelth

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:28 PM

4. To the extent I have played a part in your DU experience ...

... you're welcome.



-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #4)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:31 PM

5. thanks I love this site

for all the discussion and sometimes laughter

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:33 PM

6. Yes - discussion and epiphanies come first....laughter second...

but...the laughter can be........ absolutely.......fvcking delicious. ; )

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #5)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:57 PM

9. This is the premier, liberal website for American politics.

I, for one, am happy to have you here.



-Laelth

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:36 PM

7. Congrats on 10,000 posts my friend. Glad you are here.

 

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:37 PM

8. WOW! Every story helps us understand each other better. Yours is very profound.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 02:59 PM

10. Congrats on the milestone.







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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:06 PM

11. Thanks for contributing so much.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:06 PM

12. Wow! Rock on!

Great post!

Julie

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:33 PM

13. Just

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:36 PM

15. Welcome to DU.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:39 PM

16. For my 10th: Congratulations! :-)

 

I recall your welcoming me to the website after my first comment.

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Response to Zeke L Brimstone (Reply #16)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 06:05 PM

24. hope you're having a good time here

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:41 PM

17. Thanks for all your wonderful posts and what

an interesting and enlightening history you have. Impressive

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:47 PM

18. Congratulations!

For some reason I always read your name as goapy-scrap, but no matter. I too, wouldn't have been born if it hadn't been for World War II. I'm going to post a poll one of these days to see how many of us there are.

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:49 PM

19. That is some life story!

Thanks for sharing.



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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 03:52 PM

20. My 10,000th Post

was a reply about Daylight Savings Time. Not exactly the profound commentary I had considered.

Thanks for sahring and welcome to the 10K club!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 04:01 PM

21. Awesome!!

 

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 04:15 PM

22. You're in the five-digit club now! Congrats!

Glad you're here! I don't know what I'd do without DU, either!

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Response to gopiscrap (Original post)

Tue Nov 5, 2013, 04:58 PM

23. Congrats !!! - K & R !!!

 






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