From Tim Lahrman–a man on the inside of the diability game

With all due respect to each and everyone of you —–  I am on the inside — I am a ward and have been for 28 years … it has been quite the learning curve and experience, and at times enjoyable being the village idiot — a few years back I tried to buy a large corner lot just off a highway/bypass ramp near my home.  I had visions of building an office building, hiring three paralegals from each state and building an legal advocacy org for the guardianship issue — of course I dream big … but that is how I built the company I lost in my guardianship those many years back —  In sum, ladies and gentlemen — if the journey through guardianship were a long winding pathway — I am well down the path in this journey … I will not look back and join in the experimentation that I have already lived through for 28 years.  I believe I am at or near the end of the path —-  I don’t necessarily like it out here … and I could surely use some help, but what I do not need is hindrance.
Back in the early 1980’s when I was building my company and Lee Iaacco was salvaging Chrysler, I had a quote of his that hung over my desk which read — “Lead, follow or get out of the way” —-  Today my wall bears a picture of Einstein which says —  “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds” —  the tagline on my local newspaper blog is a quote by Churchill that says, “The truth is so precious that she must always be accompanied by a bodyguard of lies.”    We all know the truth about guardianship — were we differ is how we frame the legal issues and how we propose to seek resolution —  me, I am on the inside and I am making them live up to what they owe me … I am using the courts and the ADA — the civil rights laws in this country are in fact anti-discrimination laws …. always have been always will be …. they were anti-KKK laws originally and in fact 42 USC 1983 was passed under the “Enforcement Act of 1877” six years after 42 USC 1981/1982 was enacted — anti discrimination laws are for the benefit of “protected classes” of people — (race, age, sex, family status, nation origin etc.) the ADA is a civil rights law that is specific to the class of “disabled” people and their family, friend and associates — you are all protected by the ADA and you are all being discriminated against by association with your disabled loved ones — the ADA is not just about reasonable accommodations —– the ADA is about equal access and the equal opportunity to participate equally in, benefit equally from, and communicate equally effectively as do others with the services programs and activities of any public entity — (emphasis added) (the ADA does not apply to federal entities only state and local)
In sum, I really do not care what anyone says about how to slay this dragon — the civil rights laws will never succeed in stopping corruption — corruption is the by-product of opportunity and like I said to Ken in an email a few days back —–  once the bigot got the Blackman chained to the tree and flogged 20/30 times – fleecing his pockets and terrorizing his family was a piece of cake …
You want to stop guardianship abuse —- call it what it is —- discrimination, and feel free to expose every bigot you come across.  I have provided a template for this public service — simply cut and paste the picture of your favorite bigot and enjoy …..  but know the ADA folks …. it is powerful … and yes you are all victims — on the outside looking in — me, I am on the inside look out, and I am up to my ass in gators —- not really because I can laugh at the gators …. its the damn paperwork ….. (Back to work for me)
In close —-  you guys figure out the logistics —–  I will make myself available to a “gathering” for a “roundtable” — but, it will be my boardroom, those who do not want to listen and learn — please do not bother, I will not show up for heated debate with wild-eyed ideas … the ADA is very specific and I believe I can explain to each of you just how —- the very same things you complain about —- re-cast to a claim under the ADA will provide you all relief.  I will pay my own expenses to meet —-  I will not charge a fee for my time and appearance — I will not provide a bunch of printed material but will always provide sources and citation to anything I would discuss or present —  I am a low low budget dude … I will need sufficient advance notice to schedule my time ….  your call.  I will not attempt to do this on an individual basis with any one or more persons, it is simply too cumbersome and time consuming …  put together a forum to meet — and I’ll make myself available — if you wish —
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