Wednesday, November 12, 2008
My friend Katie sent me this e-mail. Too funny!
A Letter to the Bank
In view of what seems to be happening internationally with banks at the moment, I was wondering if you could advise me correctly:
If one of my checks is returned marked "insufficient funds," how do I know whether that refers to me or to you?
Can I get an Amen?!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I debated long and hard before deciding to post this. After all, what's done is done. No use crying over spilt milk and all that. We should just accept our new reality and move on. And I will.
But permit me to grieve.
There is a new president. And it's a truly historic moment. We finally managed to prove to the world that we're not a nation of white supremacist pigs. Good for us.
You all know my political leanings by now, I'm sure. So it will come as no surprise to you to know that I did not vote for the man who is now the leader of our great nation. What saddens me is how many did vote for him. It might not be so bad if I thought they had voted for him because they understood what he represents. Well, yes it would. It would just be a different kind of bad. But the staggering amount of ignorance of political philosophy that has been displayed by 2/3 of my fellow citizens is making me pretty gut sick.
For those of you who need a refresher,
I grieve that 2/3 of America can't seem to tell the difference.
I read this quote today:
"As you know, whenever Democrats get in, taxes do go up. And if they go up and they work the way that Bill Clinton's tax plan worked, I'm okay with that. ... We want everybody to be able to go to the doctor. We want everybody to be able to do all the things they want to do -- then somebody's got to pay for it, and it's people making a lot of dough, and that's the way the American system has always been." --Whoopi Goldberg
I think I actually threw up a little in my mouth when I read this. For the record, that is NOT the way the American system has always been. It's only been that way for the past 40 years or so. The American system was founded on the belief that every person could and should do for themselves. That people led happier, more fulfilled lives when the direction of those lives was up to them, with the resources that they earned being distributed according to their own desires. We do want everyone to be able to do all the things they want to do. But we want them to pay for it for themselves!
When I hear people saying that the rich ought to pay for the needs of those with less, I have to say that they do. They create jobs for them. But our liberal friends do not consider that to be adequate, apparently. They seem to feel that if you are rich, you OWE something to those who aren't. What is it that our delightful first lady in waiting is always saying? THAT IN ORDER FOR SOME TO HAVE MORE OF THE PIE, OTHERS HAVE TO BE MADE TO GIVE UP SOME OF THEIRS. It may not be a direct quote, but the philosophy is there. What the illustrious Obamas fail to recognize is that this is America. We make more pie. There isn't just one to go around. Everybody makes their own, and yes, with varying degrees of success. Wealth is not a static quantity here. America was the first country to create the phrase "to MAKE money". And we mean it quite literally. We create wealth in this country.
I grieve that we have lost sight of this knowledge.
There is a word for the
Everyone is cheering as though this was a great victory for freedom, even as he slips the chains around our necks. They act as though the principles of socialism will yield the results of capitalism. This is foolishness bordering on insanity. It's like sticking your hand in a fire and expecting it to tickle.
I grieve that the people of this country are so uneducated.
They have handed control of the greatest nation on earth to a man who hates it. His words. He has no respect for this country, or anything it stands for. He has openly stated that if the political winds turn ugly, he will side with America's enemies. He wants to attack or abandon our allies, welcome our enemies and destroy us from the inside out. His closest friends and mentors are known criminals, vicious, hate-spewing racists, and unrepentant terrorists. But because he can dress it up with pretty words, (and because he's black and any attempt to point out character flaws in a black person MUST be racially motivated)we hand him the keys to the city.
But grief is hardening into resolve. He can't have my country without a fight. He may have been handed the office of President of the United States, but he is unworthy of it. And I do not acknowledge him as MY president. He is THE President. For now.