Mood: crushed out
Now Playing: Speaking at Portland City Council and the Mult. County Board
Topic: City Hall
Is it possible to cry and laugh at the same time?
Written by: The Lone Vet & copied from Portland Indymedia
[This picture is from a previous meeting in 2013]
When I am speaking to the Portland City Council I am in crisis mode and as I smile at them tears are flooding my body. These local politicians are the worst of the worst; they operate in a parallel universe. Wednesday, I went to take my regular seat and was greeted by Jim who was sitting there and that made me smile. I like Jim, we disagree on some things but he is a man who worries about our future and the future of our kids, I love that. I sat down feeling good, happy and there was nothing on the agenda that perked much interest, it looked boring; I was very wrong. Commissioner Fish started the action after my passionate plea about how they were going to use money to help the homeless. After my 3 minutes he used my name and speaking in a very condescending voice about their intention of spending 1.7 million dollars and not one cent of that for the people who are on our streets. They are going to once again waste money by giving it to the same people who have failed us for so long. My "Irish" hit an all-time high level of anger and I shouted out, that is a lie! Mayor Char-lie ordered me to be quiet then ordered me to get out, I said no! The fish man used my name from his perch and that is a violation of protocol and I called the would-be representative out. Security came to get me but the mayor in his anger made a mistake by giving me a choice, get out or shut up. I said I would be silent, and that caused some confusion, I was not going to make it easy on them, they are defective human beings and I just cannot stand the hypocrisy of it all. If the people of Portland reelect Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman they will get more and more mediocre responses to their requests. We must say goodbye to these "Abbott and Costello" wannabes, it is just too much. Thursday is always a better day.
I like Thursdays because I go to the County Board and the people there may be problematic but I always have the feeling they care, all five of them. This visit was going to be hard for me because I was hurt during last Thursday's, (11/07/2013) meeting and I wanted to take them on but did not want to alienate them; it was hard but Patty said I did not come across hostile, just hurt. What happened was last Thursday the board wanted to celebrate Veterans Day and the way they decide to do it caused me a lot of pain and I needed to tell them why. They had ROTC from PSU march in with the American flag and the flag from Oregon in formation. They were in uniform and marched in military style, all stood and then proceeded to the front of the auditorium and did another military maneuver. They stood at attention while the national anthem was played. Everyone in the room stood and had their hand over their hearts except me. Since I was sitting alone it was very hard to not get up, but I was not going to celebrate Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, by an exercise in super patriotic nonsense. Veterans Day by law is a day to honor the peace after World War 1 with the hope never to go to war again, not saluting flags, not playing the Star Spangled Banner, not telling lies about soldiers defending our freedoms, not getting big savings on mattresses, or cars; we celebrate the end of war and those who gave so much to end it. Europe still rings the bells and at the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour there is silence for two minutes to celebrate ending a war. As much as I like the 5 ladies, if I were to stand, I would have to live with the fact that I sold out for acceptance, and my legs would not let me do that, not at my age. So I told them about Armistice Day 1918 and the great celebration around the world. I also asked if they would join me in my task to get the churches to ring their bells next year throughout the city in celebration of peace and no more wars. That would be a good thing.
The rest of today's meeting, 11/14/2013, was good. There were many wonderful people trying to help the human condition. We do have much to applaud but more to do in our efforts to end the shameful and hurtful reality of having families and others living in the rain and cold on the Portland Streets. As long as there is "No room at the Inn" for one human being, we are all guilty of neglect and will have to answer for it someday. If there is a God, Commissioner Fish, I do not want to try to explain that New York had more people on their streets than Portland. You can do that sir, and let us all know what hell is like. Friday we will be back on the streets near the Hawthorne Bridge to raise our voice against drones, Gitmo, torture, ODOT, homelessness/houselessness, NSA spying, police accountability. Bring a sign and meet us at SW 1st and Madison, about 4:00PM. We be the two old guys looking lonely but steady.