Archive for November, 2005

Another Day of Paradise

November 13, 2005

Recently, Frederick Meekins wrote an op-ed regarding Mindy McCready plight as a battered woman. In truth, his perspective is on point; she does have the ability and means to leave, but! In a rational world, she would leave and never turn back. The heart wants what it wants, and rationality does not enter in the course of human emotions. Unfortunately, our emotionality is the part of us, so when Meekins proffers that: “Since she is not bound by matrimony to this human detritus, there is nothing keeping her in this situation” (nor should it, even she was married to him). This, of course, is very true, since most women “feel” there choices are restricted in these types of relationship, however, I am not the one who going to cast stones at their choices and their decisions, but as a person who has seen this wretched circumstance of some of my friends personally, and knowing the snapshot domestic violence statistics, I have acquiesced to their decision of bad judgment. One cannot change the heart; nor subdue liberty.

Admittedly, Meekins’ point is not lost on me when he says, “… In this day of escalating cohabitation and out of wedlock births setting new records, I will probably find many so-called Christians and Conservatives who probably have fewer problems with this sign of obvious social decay than letting their kids go Trick-Or-Treating.” He deigns the present generation lack of morality, and condemns McCready.

Nonetheless, McCready has right to choose poorly. Meekins, on the other hand is correct when he says, “Given her fame and fortune, she is perfectly free to leave whenever she wants; and given her celebrity status, it is well within the scope of her resources to acquire someone else slightly used like herself with a more amicable disposition. It's not like she is dependent upon him as her only means of support.” This is all true, but humans are a curious breed, in that, we do not always do what is right or perfect.

In a perfect world we would all find the mate of our dreams. No spouse would abuse the other, whether in "traditional" convention, or any alternative style of living. Let me quote from our founding fathers:

"….That all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness…"

Which also includes the pursuit of being stupid; the choice in not "believing" the way others do, but the way you want to believe is an inalienable right as human being. This also includes, the way a person practices their religious beliefs. Sometimes, the lessons a person has to learn cannot be taught, but has to be experienced. Poor choices, bad decisions are better guides than any nannyist, or any authoritarian Father figure can provide. Sometimes, others learn from viewing others mistakes, sometimes not. But however one finds their moral code and their place within social construct and contract, it is the individual's place to determine, not someone else's. Therefore all one can do is lead by example, be the beacon of light, not the hammer of oppression in castigating the decisions of others.

Yes, she chose poorly, Mindy McCready, but it is not our job to try rescue her or anyone else. But instead, the best we can do sometimes is simply be there when they ask for help. Even Seventy times Seven, if it is necessary. To have compassion is one of the first lessons as a human, as a Man, one must be able to contribute to the community in order to demonstrate his wisdom for discernment. And so it goes, it is just another day in paradise after all; we live and we learn what more can one do…

Copyright 2005 by Gregory Kirk Stewart

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And the villain is Scooter Libby—huh

November 10, 2005

Some Passing Thoughts

Everybody who belief that Karl Rove did not have a hand in the demise Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame, please raise their hand?

I must admit Mr. Teflon, Rove, may have got off lucky. I guess he learned something from the last time he talked out of turn.

Now the question is how high did the cover-up go?

Why would Cheney tell of Plame status?

Did everybody, in the White House, point their finger at Scooter to protect the "two offices”?

Do we really believe that the vice president, and especially this vice president, and the president did not know?

Was this the strategy set in motion two years ago?

Or when the president redefined the definition of is? A la the Clinton proxy, that he would fire anyone who was involved in the outing of Plame?

The question is, I am sure, that if Fitzgerald had, if given more time, could he proof the connection of the triumvirate? I think he could have, with the last bit being aided by Judith Miller.

Did Scooter take one for the team?

And finally, a matter of concern for White House has been, is that they have not seen Rove's "A" game for the last six or seven months. Going backwards, Harriet Miers, Iraq-election, Wilma, Rita, Katrina, Iraq-convention, Creationism, Iraq, Terri Schiavo, Iraq, and the list goes on…

The stroke of Patriotism has been strung too taut and now the string is beginning to recoil. Unfortunately, I do not see these "brother-in-arms" not continuing to strike the chord. The question is: will they continue strike the cord until it breaks?

The self-implosion of the Republican Party continues, Frist, Delay, and along with the fiscal conservative rebellion are just the beginning. The immigration debate in the Southwest will affect the 2006 mid-terms, and Tom Tancredo, will have an impact, if not as a presidential candidate, certainly as a spoiler for the 2008 elections. The political malaise and unrest that is affecting the ego and attitude of Americans, and the resentment toward illegal immigrants could possibly set another factious split within the Republic Party.

I believe what we are seeing is "similar" to pre-War World II Germany, with Americans continual Faustian angst of the "others from the outside" (see the Fall television season) and their "feeling" of persecution, with uncertainty of their family survival, and the now "the friendly illegal immigrant" who brings along with them the enemy from the outside, and the unsecured gate (borders), are driving Americans fears….

And now the ineptness of our leaders (see the Deficit Spending, Katrina, and Harriet Miers) and the apparent dishonesty (see Scooter Libby) makes the country ripe for the similar tyranny to rise from a small factious group to be "elected…"

Well citizens, those are some of the off the cuff thoughts, perusing my through mind. Remember, "Tyranny is never ripped from the people, but given willingly," and like the boiling frog, where the heat is turned up slowly, America and Americans are slowly coming to a boil as the heat is being turned.