When I look into the mirror of my soul and am brutally honest with myself I see flaws. Imperfections that annoy some people. But here’s the thing, not one of us is perfect and if the whole of ourselves is righteous and kind then at the end of the day we’re ok. Of course I strive to better myself each day but fundamentally I am who I am and I’m happy with that. If you choose to accept who I am join me on my journey if not I wish you good luck on yours.
I remember the first time, I danced… With you baby
It was a slow song… The lights… Were so low
I held you so close… I could feel your heart beating next to mine—
Then I kissed you once and my head started spinning
Twice like a merry go round
Three times and I fell so deep in love with you baby
– Howard Hewitt
There are times, even after all these years, I just gaze at you. Amazed at how a simple man like myself was so lucky to find a woman as amazing as you. Luckier to have been smart enough to fall in love with you and luckiest that you felt the same way.
Even when the skies were gray. You would rub me on my back and say, “Baby it’ll be okay”
Now that’s real to a brother like me, baby.
– Method Man
You have always been there for me holding me up when things weren’t so good. Standing right beside me things were. We’ve seen so many of our friends drift apart, either physically or mentally, when things got rough. But not us. Mainly because of your exceptional vision to look beyond the moment to the big picture. To understand that no matter what is in front of us we are better facing it together than separate and I know I’m a better man with you than without you.
You are the only thing that keeps me goin’ You are the only thing, keeps my love alive You are the only thing that I’ll ever need You don’t have to worry, you see, my love is forever.
I am committed to you, you are my heart, you are my soul. There is nothing that could ever cause me to stray, nothing that could steal my heart from you. I love you more today than after our first kiss and I’ll love you more tomorrow.
This letter is being returned to sender due to the lack of true caring for my innocent children. Prayers and condolences will sadly not restore their vibrant life force among you. Rather it appears to be a way for you to assuage your feelings of guilt for your failure to act in a proactive matter to prevent yet another mass shooting and please do question my intelligence with lines such as it’s not guns it’s mental illness when this type of thing happens only in your country. Instead of prayers and condolences for those tragically lost to gun violence maybe you should pray for help in finding the conviction within yourselves to draft a comprehensive gun law.
For every decision there is a consequence and humans frequently rely on flawed logic to justify illogical decisions.
There can be no debate that it is illogical for America to cling to the belief that the founding fathers believed ownership of guns should go basically unchecked in today’s society. With the advances in weaponry not to mention the obsolete true intent of the amendment being a well regulated militia to serve as a check upon a standing army. Something no “militia” armed with guns, no matter how high powered, in today’s world would be able to serve as a formidable foe against say an F-16 fighter jet.
The consequence of America decision to not take real action on the subject of gun control is the continued wave of mass shootings it endures. Something unique to America among developed countries in the world. No mass shooting is without its pain but none is sadder than when the life of a young innocent is tragically taken from us far before their time. Politicians will tweet and stand in front of the cameras offering prayers and condolences. But that does little to ease the heartbreak of a parent who stands over the coffin of their child tears in their eyes wondering why.
Every decision has a consequence isn’t it time we decide to put a stop to this madness and implement real gun control policies.
It is the true patriot who stands
against the slings and arrows in
order to hold their country
accountable rather than turn a blind
eye to injustice. For turning a blind
eye to injustice is in essence a tactical
admission that the country is too
weak to live up to the standards on
which it was founded.
Carl A. Cooke
Democracy is a bright light that can
only be dimmed when the populous
no longer excepts honesty, integrity
and a high moral character from its
leaders. When they no longer educate themselves but rather allow a small
minority to shape their perspective.
Democracy’s bright light can not be
extinguished from the outside but can be suffocated from within by apathy and
lack of knowledge of the very populous
that it is supposed to represent.