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May 15, 2005

I've been thinking...

First, let me publicly thank Dirk the Turk for visiting and commenting here. I didn't think you would, Dirk, so I was pleasantly surprised to see you'd stopped by. I'm taking your comment about Ken Mehlman into consideration, and will try to watch the news a bit more than I have been.

Now, I heard from Dennis W. from Expose Erie Politicians. Have any of you checked that site out? I was pondering this all night, by that I mean the FBI investigation of that site and so forth.

We all remember the stories that came out of Iraq, the ones about Saddam cutting out the tongues of those who voiced dissent? Hmmm....and we all sat here, somewhat smugly, bragging about how in this country we can say what we want and isn't that great?

Isn't it?

I don't think we're practicing what we preach. At least, the Erie City Council isn't.

I've had my "face slapped" a few times for shooting off my mouth and have been accused of stomping on First Amendment rights. I've apologized, admitted my mistakes, and learned from it. I will be the first one to stand up and say "I'm a Republican," which a few of you already know, but I'll at least listen to a Liberal or a Democrat. (I know not all Liberals are Democrats, and vice versa.)

I have seen quite a bit of anti-Bush stuff out there, and just as much pro-Bush stuff, and I've commented a few times, but, hopefully, I never came across as so narrow minded that I wouldn't listen. Does that make sense?

If you are a Liberal, a Democrat, Libertarian, I respect the fact that you are informed, that you pay attention to current events and make intelligent statements. I used to be a Liberal Democrat, so I'm not going to turn up my nose now because I'm a Conservative Republican!

What I'm trying to say is that we get all fired up if someone makes a contrary comment to what we believe, we get all fired up, but shouldn't we respect the fact that we can make those comments? Are we going to cut out the tongues of the voices of dissent?

You all probably want to cut my tongue out about now, huh? I'm sorry, I should do this when the kids are asleep and not interrupting me...

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