The gift of a poem I give to you… Merry Christmas

24 12 2010

The time is getting close

The hour drawing near

Hearts full of joy

At this Joyous time of year

Presents are wrapped

Placed under the tree

Gifts that we’ve gotten

To share you and me

But there is reason to the season

Least we forget

A baby was born

In a lowly manger yet

No room at the Inn

They had to make do

Things weren’t so simple

As they are for me and you

But the place of His birth

Somehow shows that

From the simplest of station

Greatness is begat

Never turn you back

On those that don’t shine

For in the eyes of each other

Our own selves we might find

Christmas is more

Than gifts under a tree

It opened a door way

The path to eternity

It’s the greatest of gift

That we ourselves can share

Something with which we

Can show others that we care

Reach out your hand

Pull a brother up

Make a new friend

Fill another’s cup up

The gift of share ourselves

Is something all of us can do

Open your heart up to others

Do for them as you’d have them do you

The Christchild was born

On that Christmas day

A long time ago

Or was it yesterday

Or maybe tomorrow

You’ll look into his face

Will there be sorrow

Will you be disgraced

Will you have done

What He asked you to do

When the time comes

And your living is through

Don’t waste your tomorrow

Your Christmas day

Give out your own gifts

Let Christ show you the way

Live a life of Joy

Let happiness abound

Keep His gifts close

But spread them around.

Merry Christmas

Al





2nd Amendment, set in stone?

17 12 2010
 
Reflecting on an ever changing world during a discussion on the Second Amendment Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently stated that it was the values that our forefathers wished us to follow when they wrote and signed our Constitution those many years ago rather than the words themselves. Of the Bill of Rights he said, “It’s not a matter of policy, it’s a matter of what those Framers’ intended.” He couldn’t be more wrong.
 
If the Constitution was intended to reflect values that an ever changing world should adhere to then it would have listed values. It didn’t. It authorized or prohibited things. The words were not just thrown together, but carefully crafted to express intent, not feelings and attitudes. No other “Law” but the letter of the law, otherwise there IS NO LAW. If you break the law with the best of intentions you still break the law.
 
When the supreme law of the land is deemed flexible and subject to be interpreted by “values” as seen through the eyes of whoever is “in charge” at any given time then we are no better off than if we had a King running our country, or a collective dictatorship made up of political appointees with lifelong tenure.
The words found in our Constitution were chosen and debated as if they were to be chiseled in stone, and the Bill of Rights were a guarantee that things would be as they were said to be, otherwise many of the signers of our constitution would not have done so. That these words mean what they say is the foundation stone of the existence of our country. Nothing was left to be “interpreted”. Our forefathers wouldn’t have stood for it.

Many gave their lives or fortunes to give a solid and profound meaning to that Constitution. To waiver away from that is an affront to those which we owe everything.

-Al
 
 
 

 

 





Haters keep haten, Palin keeps smiling…

6 12 2010

 

Why do some people have the feelings toward Sarah Palin they do? Well…

It’s kind like why they make the blonde jokes. No, not because blondes are actually stupid, they aren’t, but the fact that blondes really do “have more fun”.

Many women on the liberal side of the aisle come up lacking in many of the categories they find themselves competing against Palin in. They knock her attractiveness, not because of any negative substance to the fact that Sarah is attractive, but they aren’t, so it’s an angle they use to make themselves feel some sense of superiority. Palin is more woman in most every sense of the word than many could ever hope to be. And it urks them to no end that not only is she attractive but she is accomplished, too. They now can’t wallow themselves in the pity that, because they are women, they are held back and can’t rise above in this “man’s world” with her around. Sarah saw the glass ceiling and walked right through it. They have a hard time accepting that, many times, they themselves are their own reason for their own shortcomings.

Many men see her as more of a man than they themselves are. To compensate they must make the excuse that she’s from the backwoods and lacks refinement. It’s jealousy. They themselves are incapable of doing that which she’s already done and continues to do. They want so bad for her to be a dumb broad that they discount her. Her accomplishments they put off as that she’s from a small town so being mayor was no big deal, and Alaska isn’t highly populated, therefore it’s no great feat that she was a successful governor (even if they will admit she WAS successful as a governor). They badly want her to be objectified as a sexual being so in their own mind they can fantasize some sort of superiority over her.

Some that lack accomplishments of their own will quickly claim her as being without qualification or experience, no matter the fact that she is highly experienced (far more so than our sitting president), and packs more real world credentials and qualifications for public service than most could ever claim.

They feel that they are somehow superior in upbringing and education than her, even to the point of calling her ignorant . True, she is no ’elite’ and never attended an Ivy League school… but low and behold, she does have a 4 year degree, earned in just 4 years, from reputable and fine universities at that (she attended more than one…), and it may come as a shock to many out there but her degree is in journalism. And while Sarah Palin doesn’t “talk” like many do, she DOES talk just like many Alaskans do. It wouldn’t hurt most East Coasterner’s (that’s southern for you people up on the east coast) to realize that most of us ‘other’ people don’t talk like you do either… rather, you don’t talk like us…, and we laugh at you.

Some people however look up to her. Many women look at Sarah Palin and see a “there go I, also” quality to her, and that if she can attempt and accomplish great things than so can they. They see a woman that can be a wife and a mother and be a leader, too. That literally nothing holds her back, so nothing holds them back either. They see what feminism was really supposed to be all about in the first place. That being pretty doesn’t mean you don’t have real abilities too. That the cream really does rise to the top, if you are willing to put the effort in… for nothing has been handed to Sarah Palin.

Some men look at her and see their own wife. Or there sister, or their mom. Or they secretly wish their wife was more like her. Besides that, it validates that it is more important to have heart and soul and be willing to put in the effort that pays off rather than just breeding and connections. That their own sons and daughters really do have a change at achieving great things with their lives. And in some way it validates themselves. That somehow common sense really is important in the big picture of things. That maybe, just maybe, there is hope for us yet… out here in flyover land .