Friday, December 23, 2011

Dear Eric

I understand you are somewhat upset that a few people may want you to resign your position as Attorney General of The United States because of your race. Let me see if I might clear this up a bit for you...

As Attorney General, you are charged to enforce the laws of this country. I hope you understood this when you swore the oath of office. Currently, selling mass quantities of firearms which knowingly will end up in the hands of drug cartels is not legal. You are tasked to prosecute those responsible for these acts. Instead, you chose to direct your subordinates to "encourage" such transactions contrary to the objections of the dealers selling the firearms in an effort to influence public opinion regarding gun control laws specifically aimed at limiting rights guaranteed us by the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Remember that piece of paper, mentioned in that oath, the "preserve, protect, and defend" part?

The American people trust you to enforce our laws, not change them at will. Your duty as such would now involve prosecuting any and all of your staff who knowingly took part in these illegal activities, and actively pursue any leads which may lead to the recovery of those firearms which may now be ILLEGALLY in the possession of criminals. To diminish any rights granted citizens the freedom to bear arms and LEGALLY defend themselves from the criminals YOU armed would be a travesty.

Now, let's review... you, top cop, enforce laws, defend constitution, protect citizens from criminals not arm them. Hmmmm, I believe if I presented the facts to someone who had lived in total seclusion for the last 50 years who had absolutely no knowledge of you, they would also call for your resignation. The color of your skin does not determine the makeup of your character, your actions have revealed yours.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"X" Marks the Spot

I've never been known for my lack of opinions, but I normally show great restraint in taking any sort of rebellious action to get my point across. I'm praying right now for the courage once again to stay my hand. I do believe it may be time to arm myself with a Sharpie and a can of spray paint, and look for the "X" in front of "mas". It needs to go.

I have never heard the story of the nativity of "X", this is, as far as I know, a letter. Writing came about with the later Mesopotamians when they converted earlier Sumerian pictograms into cuneiform. I don't think that calls for much celebration, let alone a religious holiday.

OK, so the origin is Greek. "χ" and "ρ" were used in ancient abbreviations for "Χριστος" (Greek for "Christ"). I do not spell my name "Μιχάλης", or abbreviate it "M", it is Michael. I don't speak Greek, if you do I apologize.

I know, Sharpies and spray paint may seem extreme, but I believe my Saviour should have His name written fully in the native language of the country in which any printed material is displayed out of honor for the Sacrifice He so selfishly made for us all. His name is Jesus Christ. We are celebrating His birth.

Call the holiday "Jesus-mas", "Jesus Christ-mas", or "Christmas" and WRITE it that way. I only ask these two simple favors; please keep me away from all the "X"s, Sharpies, and spray paint for the next few days, and please keep Christ in your heart as we celebrate the birth of our Living Saviour!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The "Character" of a Man

Been a while, and I'm getting a bit antsy. Time to vent...

That this great nation founded on the principles of free speech, liberty, and open debate, is a model which we should all relish. I am grateful healthy debate can take place among my family and friends without my head being removed from my torso as it would be in times past. I started a debate with an email that was seemingly full of “lies”, however, nothing stated in the body of the email was indeed a claim that Obama did not attend Columbia, the statement at the very beginning and end could have been omitted though. What ensued was a very pleasant dialogue for several days which was quite encouraging to read. It also made me revisit the way I think about the man.

I don’t agree with many people’s politics, sometimes I change my own mind, we have that right too. My problem with this president is his complete lack of openness, or unwillingness to be open, with the people he represents, which to me is the epitome of character. We all have character flaws that make us who we are, admitting those gives us integrity. I find his lacking. That disturbs me. He may be a good man, good men are willing to expose not only their strengths, but their weaknesses as well.
- Why is he so unwilling to reveal his transcripts from Occidental, Columbia, or Harvard? Bad grades? Who cares! Bush had bad grades, drank his way out of Yale! We all know that story, nothing to hide there.
-After becoming a U.S. Senator in 2004 and supposedly having supplied proper citizenship documentation at that time, why did his staff not apply for a duplicate short form copy of his Hawaii birth certificate until 2007, and refuse to make it available to the public until 6 months after the election? They had plenty of time to acquire a photostatic copy of the original long form certificate before his senate campaign. And yes the long form would need to be on file for the registrar to legally issue the duplicate short form. OK, it is real, he is a citizen, WHY IS HE HIDING IT? I DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT! If I were running for President of the country I hold so dear to my heart, and the people I am about to give my all to would ask if I am truly one of them, I would shout it from the top of the Capitol Building with my birth certificate in hand for all to see with my chest swelling with PRIDE!

The original email stated that it is interesting that we know less about this man than any President in history. Why? The media which normally would have had a field day by now has come up with nothing. Maybe the guy truly was a saint (even though the coke and pot he admitted to using at Occidental had to cause at least a little mischief ). No girlfriends? Even the Snopes links my son sent mention 9 friends over 6 years by name, and I believe only one was female (no assumptions intended). They were asked not to speak because most were Muslim (beside the point). Even the USA Today article refers to the Obama campaigns refusal to speak about his years at Columbia. Why? What about the years teaching and working in Chicago, no friends, no social life? The Wikipedia article on him is even less insightful, he went to school here, travelled there. Compare it to Bush’s Wiki, actually pretty funny in places, and pretty disturbing in others to be honest, but at least thorough.

Politics aside, I find it difficult to trust a man who WILL not look us in the eye and answer a simple question without hesitation. And I am sure that if this President wishes to earn my trust, he will stop standing in shadows tossing tidbits and allow me to know his character in the way I have known all the other leaders of my country, with openness and honesty.