I've been ranting to my hapless friends a long time about politics, and I think in the interest of their sanity if not mine it's time to start doing it in text. My friends, you're more than welcome to read if you like, but I understand if you don't!
Before I go further, a brief introduction of the who, what, when, where and why of me:
Who: Thunderheart will do as a name for me for now, as I'm conflicted about baring my name in a blog, so this decision may or not be re-visited. I'm a lifelong Democrat, have been voting for Presidents since 1984 and have never yet had cause to vote for a Republican for President.
What: Despite the above, I cannot pretend I am a typical Democrat any longer. Yes, I'm a social liberal, but on many issues I'm to the right of the increasingly ultra-left Democratic Party. On free trade, on military spending, and especially on the war against the Sunni Muslim extremists who make up Al Qaeda, and their cousins on the Shi'ite side who rule Iran presently.
When: From July 2008 onward!
Where: I'm a US citizen born and raised, but part of what informs who and what I am is that I am a child of an immigrant mother, who came to this country in the early 1960s from what was then West Germany. Also, on my father's side, his parents both immigrated to the United States from pre-Nazi Germany. Mom and Dad met happily enough in New York City, courted and fell in love, and the eventual result (along with my sister, who came along some 3 1/2 years and 9 days later, but who's counting?) is typing the words you're currently reading. Oh, if you want to see the picturesque castle ruins overlooking my mother's home town, go here.
Why: See aforementioned note about the preservation of sanity of my friends, if not myself. More seriously, it's because I think the party I love, the Democrats, and the liberal tradition they represent has gone badly astray. These thoughts are NOT making me popular with friends or family, but there we are.