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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.
Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.
The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for certain...it is not by dividing us.
I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."
That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt
Snowmobiles do not belong in our National and State parks. Our parks are pristine areas preserved for future generations. I come to the parks to enjoy nature, see wildlife and to commune with God. I relish the silence. You do not drive snowmobiles in your churches, mosques and synagogues. What makes some think that they belong in God's natural cathedral, Yellowstone National Park, or any other?
We are inundated with noise wherever we go. Our parks are our one haven from the cacophony that surrounds us.
We have to set limits somewhere. Draw the line here. Preserve the beauty and the quiet of our parks.
I do not buy into the blasphemous idea that we are created in God's image. How egotistical is that? There is nothing God-like about the human race. Look around you. What do you see? Wars. Murder. Starvation. Rape. Greed. Hate. We're at the top of the food chain. We're the worst animals of all, because we are not driven by instinct alone.
Evolution is real. The evidence supports it. Only by accepting our true beginnings can we begin to overcome our animalistic tendencies that have wrought havoc upon the world in which we live. We can strive to be God-like, but we were not born that way.
Who are the brave people in this country? New Yorkers, who ran into burning buildings and gave their lives to save others on 9/11. New Yorkers, who combed through toxic rubble to bring loved ones home. New Yorkers, who picked themselves up and stood strong against terrorism.
Who are the brave people in this country? Bostonians, who ran toward the bombs, instead of away on 4/15. The policemen, State Troopers and FBI agents who marched steadfastly into danger. The people who came out of their homes in the midst of battle and cheered them on. It is the Mayor who rose from his wheelchair to inform and console. Who are the brave people in this country? The Governor, the President and First Lady who came to Boston to face down terrorism.
New Englanders are shining examples of what makes this Country great. Why do you think New York and Boston are targets of the terrorists' wrath? Because these great cities are glimmering beacons of hope to people the world over who long for freedom. New York and Boston are the real heartland of our country. I will have none of the hatemongering towards the greatest that America has to offer....its people. All of its people
Longing for a more peaceful future for our Nation, I look
forward, not backward. Jaded, I know
that the same struggles continue as history repeats itself. Forged in the
jungles of Vietnam, on a street in Dallas, a balcony in Memphis and in LA….gunned
down, dreams dashed we rise again, all too often through the haze of violence
and ignorance and hatred. Instead of learning from our mistakes, over and over
again we march blindly back into our past.So here we are...full circle once again. We must become engaged. We have
to push back against the culture of guns that is striking down the hopes and
dreams of too many of our fellow Americans while so many more live in fear of
those who are armed and dangerous. We must quash the rise of those, armed, who
wish to overthrow our democratically elected government. We must heal those who
are overcome and driven by the sickness of their minds. Oklahoma City. Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Newtown. We
can no longer turn a blind eye or remain passive. It's going to take all of us
to halt the plague that is engulfing our country.
I'm curious. What is the psychological profile of the owner of assault
weapons? Violent? Military wannabe? Blood lust? Hate? Fear? Paranoia? Bully?
Inadequate? Menatally ill? Killer-in-training? What do they think about while they are firing hundreds of
rounds of ammunition into a target? Do they become aroused? Do they imagine the
dead bodies as they're pulling the trigger?
I see it every time a news program shows them lined up firing
their killing machines, some with their children by their side. I see as they
salivate at the gun shops and shows for more and more. Meanwhile innocents
Twenty six people were shot to death in a grade school yesterday, 20 of them children. I wonder how large a massacre must occur before it pierces the hearts of the gun owners and they lay down their arms willingly. For the children.
Post reported today that a Pennsylvania judge has postponed the enforcement of
the state's new strict voter ID requirement until after the November
presidential election. In response, the Post says that Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Daryl
Metcalfe, who sponsored the voter ID bill, lashed out at a "judicial
activist decision" he called "skewed in favor of the lazy who refuse
to exercise the necessary work ethic to meet the commonsense requirements to
obtain an acceptable photo ID." The Judge, he wrote, has chosen "to
openly enable and fully embrace the ever-increasing entitlement mentality of
those individuals who have no problem living off the fruits of their neighbors'
When did the Republican Party become the Party of haters? From its Presidential
candidate, Mitt Romney, to U.S. House Members (and probably some Senators) to
Republican State Congress men and women the Party has become inciters of
Since the time of
Nixon, the Party has become a very real and serious threat to our
Democracy. Watergate was a
constitutional crisis. The Republican majority on the Supreme Court decided the
2000 presidential election. George Bush
countenanced torture. Republican-controlled
Legislatures are now trying to disenfranchise the elderly, the disabled and
poor voters through Voter ID requirements and other nefarious means.
I think what troubles me the most is that so
many Americans who identify themselves with the Republican Party think that these
tactics, these threats to our Democracy, are acceptable as long as it brings
victory. The "end justifies the means" mentality pervades the minds
of so many Republicans, as evidenced by the number of people who are willing to
embrace Romney and his cohorts no matter their behavior. Very troubling for the future of our Nation.
Not only are Metcalfe’s words disgusting, the behavior of the Republican Party leadership