Computer and I will be shut down for a few days, maybe a week, while I begin recovering from surgery tomorrow. For anyone who is interested in knowing, I have asked my friend Morgan to put a comment on this post telling everyone how I am doing.
And for anyone who is just dropping by, I offer a short “course” on who I am, how I got there, and what concerns me.
To begin with I believe without any equivocation that the Declaration of Independence is the spiritual foundation of this country. Therefore it is clear (1.) that we all-- and this includes every person in the world-- are equal; (2.) that every person in this world is unique and has his/her uniqueness protected by “certain unalienable rights” which cannot be taken away by any government, whether based on the rule of the majority as in a Democracy or on the rule of a dictator; (3.) that all of the individuals who together form the community governed are the Government. It was the potential for tyranny over its citizens by any form of government which most concerned the men who wrote our Constitution . I believe they did an excellent job of creating the mechanism of a government which cannot take away the rights of either the states or the individual citizen. I believe that the first Ten Amendments have as much relevance to our lives today as they did when they were first drafted. I cannot with any conviction belong to any of the present Parties and have to characterize myself simply as an Independent
How I got where I am today is pretty well told on www.womansvoice.org. Look for my story (Patricia Hejny) on the button “Who We Are”.
A good place to start on what concerns me is with the post From About 1900 to Now, 12-20-2004.
I wrote about Social Security on 12-06-2004; Illegal Immigration on 12-16-2004; Roe v Wade on 2-01-2005; Health Care in Vermont on 3-10-2005; the Prisoner Abuse Scandal on 1-15-2005; Taxes on 10-30-2004; My Voting Morals on 12-14-2004. If you missed these posts, I hope you find them of interest.