Thursday, June 27, 2019

June 28th in SF 4-8 pm

Hello There:

Watching the Democratic debates, I find it encouraging to see so many people who care so much about our country that they want to serve as POTUS. At least that is the way I choose to see it, because that is why I am running. I care, and I am an optimist. It's the best way I have found to beat back the despair.

We have a gig in SF on Friday, June 28th, from 4-8 pm: The Saloon, 1232 Grant Avenue, corner of Fresno Alley. There will be about 90 minutes between sets to chat but I will be mostly in listening mode since I need to save my voice for the singing. So, please, if you are in the neighborhood, stop by and talk at me.

Scheduled Lineup:
Mari Mack (Tamburo) on vocals 
Pat Duffey on guitar
Arne Frager on bass
Richard Wood on B3
Roy Blumenfeld on drums

There may or may not be special guests.


Friday, June 7, 2019

Saturday, June 8th in San Francisco

Link to facebook event for my music gig Saturday, June 8th.
I can promise there will not be much political speaking between songs and it will be nice to meet you:

A few random thoughts:

Civic engagement is crucial for a government that works for most of us. I discovered this first hand, later in life than most. Please register and vote.

Honest people are at risk for abuse, because we expect others to be honest. I do not advise that we walk around paranoid and completely distrustful, but that we take information from various news sources, and accept information with a healthy dose of critical  thinking.

There is more good than bad in this world, although sometimes it is hard to tell.

Again, thank you for your patience while I update this blog and assemble a team.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Our Country Is At A Crossroad(s)

Climate Change: 

First, we have to achieve consensus that environmental health is a public health issue.

One of my proposals is to use the military to fight climate change. How we will achieve that needs full cooperation and more than one plan, and there is no way to do that until we get to sit down, look at the data, assess resources, etc.
It seems as if we are getting closer to consensus, due to all the hardship so many of us are experiencing: Wildfires, floods, air and water pollution, etc.
As President, I would bring together our most experienced public servants and historians, find out how each department is working (or not working) now and how it worked in the past. Find out where the overlap and conflicts are, and then we would figure out how to work together.

The main thing is to be united in a common goal. There is a good chance that a lot of issues are being addressed already, but these are piecemeal and most of us don't know about them.

When people are kept in the dark, we often jump to conclusions and actions based upon previous personal experiences. This is true whether we are talking about a musician who defaults to a familiar chord progression, a politician who assumes that a concerned citizen is just resisting  to resist, or a policeman who sees someone reaching into their pocket  for a wallet and assumes it is a gun.
So, I would encourage more journalism education and focus on solutions journalism and jobs that heal the planet.
What we need is a completely different mind set at the top.  Our country needs to be led by someone  the exact opposite of who is there now. The President sets the mood for the country, and that affects the rest of the world.

We need a communicator in the White House who shares a first person perspective with a majority of Americans and can therefore empathize and seek solutions to their unique pain points. This is about more than just winning an election:

It is about restoring and representing the soul of America's humanity.

(Note: The above is an excerpt from an online conversation.)

--- MT