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Independence Day – 2014

Capitol Hill Blue founder and publisher Doug Thompson uses images and videos to both tell stories and express points of view. For his annual Independence Day video, he used images that he feels portray a still beautiful but conflicted America. “As an American, I love my country,” he says.  “But, as an American, I also worry about what it has become.” In Thompson’s view, America has become a nation where we celebrate freedom while not actually practicing or having it, a country where we soldiers are asked to serve their nation and then are forgotten when they come home and
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Remembering and honoring those who served

Capitol Hill Blue founder Doug Thompson is also a photographer and filmmaker who has spent much of his career documenting history. “Over the years, I’ve been present not only for many celebrations to honor those who served our country but also to help document their efforts,” he says. In 2012, Thompson put together a video tribute to those who served for that year’s Memorial Day. It includes images from conflicts, the annual Rolling Thunder motorcycle tribute to veterans and more. Thompson rode in the first Rolling Thunder and has been astride his Harley-Davidson for many that followed. Although he missed
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Politicians and their parties are not the answer

It’s no secret that we at Capitol Hill Blue hold politicians, political parties and partisans in low esteem. Actually, that’s an understatement.  We think politicians, political parties are scum of the earth and those who buy into their fantasies are delusional at best. America doesn’t need another politician at the helm. We don’t need a celebrity. We don’t need a pre-packaged, consultant-molded, TV-friendly candidate. We need a leader. Is there one out there? Not in the current, pathetic crop available for election to the House, Senate or White House. Sadly, the choices for those to represent us and/or to lead
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There is a difference, Part II

Second in a series of non-partisan political spots produced by Capitol Hill Blue in an effort to bring a dose of sanity to this campaign system. We believe that partisan politics — and the gridlock caused by it — will be the downfall of America. If you share that belief, we ask that you join us in promoting the message that America is best served by those who no longer think of themselves of Democrats or Republicans, conservatives or liberals or any other stereotype. We’re Americans. There is a difference.
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If you are truly an American, check your politics at the door

We here at Capitol Hill Blue have a radical idea for this election. On Nov. 6, try checking your politics at the door. Don’t vote as a Democrat. Don’t vote as a Republican. Don’t cast a ballot as a conservative. Or as a liberal. Try voting only as an American. What’s the difference? A big one and if you don’t see the difference perhaps you aren’t educated enough to help decide the future of this nation. Political parties and ideological groups offer only strict adherence to dogma as an approach to government. That idea doesn’t work as years of gridlock
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9/11: The day America changed

September 11, 2001: A clear, crisp fall day in Washington, DC, and New York. I was shooting a routine photo assignment in the District when my Blackberry went off. “Explosion a the Pentagon” the message read. I walked out on the street and looked towards Virginia. Smoke snaked into the air from the direction of the Pentagon. I loaded my cameras into my Jeep Wrangler and headed towards the 14th Street Bridge. But police had already closed off the bridge so I headed towards Southeast DC and the entrance to I-295, which led through Anacostia towards the DC Beltway. While
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Independence Day

The Fourth of July. America’s Birthday. Independence Day. For some, it means celebration of America and the good life. For others, it means another day without a job, another day of facing foreclosure, another day of hunger. For still others, it is just another day of work in a life of multiple jobs to barely make ends meet. Americans celebrate, or don’t celebrate, the Fourth of July in differing ways.  Some see the day as a reaffirmation of the American way of life.  Some see it as an obsolete holiday that recognizes a way of life that no longer exists.
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