Here are a couple more outdoor impromptu soliloquies to accompany the introduction to my own “Unified DADT Video” Introduction on May 18.
The videos where shot in the late afternoon on a hot day trip, returning, in a park in Bowie, MD, NE of Washington DC, near Bowie State University.
I would add that I take this position, that morality starts with the individual, because that is the way I had to deal with it as I was growing up. Yet I do realize that taking this position too far can invite authoritarianism, and leveraging the idea that every citizen has to be braced to do his part as a potential soldier, can even invite fascism. The backside will be an argument for solidarity.
Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” seems pertinent, and it comes from one of the Irish Rhapsodies by British composer Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (“Danny Boy”).
(Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 12:15 PM EDT)
Here is the second of a series of videos (go back to May 18) based on the first three chapters of my DADT III book.
This video deals with the question, why did people make my sexual orientation their business while I was growing up? Part of it has do with the fact that gender-related tradition means a lot to people who don’t have separate opportunities to express themselves in life.
Here are my first cuts at a “Unified DADT Video” started March 4.
They will address the question of moral compass from the perspective of someone who is different, and will track to the introduction and first three chapters of my DADT-III book (2014), more perspective. There is more background here.
I have finally converted and uploaded two big video files that I made in Minneapolis when I was living there.
The first is a lecture (57 minutes) that I gave at Hamline University in St. Paul MN on February 25, 1998, on the Liberty Channel in Minneapolis, while still on crutches from my hip fracture. The lecture outlines the concepts in the “Do Ask, Do Tell: A Gay Conservative Lashes Back: book (1997, 2000).
I would give a similar lecture at the University of Minnesota on March 31, 1999.
The second film (33 minutes) is a hodgepodge of soliloquies and little walks taken with a Sony camera in 2002, in Minnesota and Wisconsin. I sent it to the late Gode Davis (“American Lynching”) and he was not that impressed, well technically. I will probably do some work on this in Final Cut Pro. The link is here. I do think a lot of ideas here are still pertinent today (even the stuff about maintaining freedoms in the face of terrorism and “asymmetric warfare”.
Today, I sketched out a very rough cut of my “Do Ask, Do Tell: The Unified Documentary”, which is supposed to convey the material of the three DADT books assuming the viewer isn’t familiar with any of them.
That is different from, say, the 2014 DADT-III book which presumes familiarity with the first two in the series.
I simply talked into the camera. I will add much more material (through Final Cut Pro, which I recently got for a MacBook Pro), and especially much relevant video (stills and moving), mostly of places I have actually visited and that relate to the material being discussed.
Some of what I saw may sound disturbing or controversial, so please interpret this in context, as “work in progress”.
OVERVIEW Part 1 explains why I wrote the DADT-1 book (1997). I still think most young adults today are not familiar with the culture surrounding the male-only military draft during the Vietnam era and the “morally corrupt” system of deferments that essentially meant that some lives are more worthy than others, and that some lives can be sacrificed for the “common good” of others, definitely an idea that modern libertarianism overcomes.
OVER Part 2 jumps to present day, and presents the dilemma that modern Internet self-broadcast creates.
OVER Part 3 covers the period that I was at NIH in the fall of 1962, covers the way my homosexuality was perceived by others, as a kind of self-imposed eugenics and a distraction not only to my own future ability to have a family, but (because of the idea of a “commons” of culture) also to that of others around me. Since I went to GWU at night, I was the only “patient” who knew that the Cuban Missile Crisis was going on. The external politics did not encourage “family values”.
There is some more video about my “William and Mary Expulsion” in 1961 at my other WordPress blog, here.
OVER Part 4 outlines the environment of my screenplay “Do Ask, Do Tell: Conscripted” with a crude home model railroad n-scale and Brio layout.
Part 5 illustrates the layout with some “driver education”. Actually, the first crash isn’t OK, as a 3-wheeled motorcycle (“Easy Rider”) is rear-ended.
(Published Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:45 PM EDT)