* please step away from the ledge …

Posted on January 19th, 2009 by melinda in conservatively liberal southern girl

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My dearest blog reading peeps tonight we are going to slowly emerge ourselves into the kiddie pool of controversy. Feel completely free to click the yes button on the above picture without shame as you may feel an overwhelming desire to jump from the ledge of my little blog ship. Also, please note the opinions expressed in this post are mine and mine alone, if you disagree, please feel free to express your opinion, I do ask that you play nicely on my playground with other peeps & myself. Any disrespectful or ugly comments will be promptly deleted. Debate is encouraged, rudeness is not an option.

I cannot believe I am about to say this … George W. Bush has done something I agree with. There have been very few times during his Presidency that I felt good saying that. I intend no disrespect toward our outgoing President, his policies are just not policies I support as a whole. But as my great grandfather said he is my President & I will respect his office. So whatever could he have done on his last day in office that your blog ship captain may approve of? Well, he commuted the sentence of two border patrol agents who were convicted of assault & conspiracy to cover up their crime. For more information on the entire story head over to cnn.com & check it out. I do not know enough about the specifics of the case to have an informed opinion as to their guilt or innocence. I do know it would appear that they both got hooked up with some serious prison time for their offenses. Let me be very clear, under no circumstances do I condone any law enforcement officer assaulting anyone or covering up any wrong doing. I do however, have a great amount of respect for anyone who is willing to put their life in harms way to make mine better & they should not get worse punishment than others if convicted. By commuting their sentence it merely lessoned their prison time, it did not pardon the crime they were convicted of. As a side note, the person whom they were convicted of assaulting, after receiving immunity for testifying against them, was later arrested bringing a large amount of marijuana into the country.

Now that being said … let’s move right along. Tomorrow, our new President will be sworn into office. I realize that for many people that is a disappointment, and believe me I understand your disappointment in your guy not winning. For me, however, it is not disappointing. I do not say that because I am a zombie Obama idolizer. I do like him and I do hold great hopes for his presidency. I by no means agree with all of his policies, opinions or beliefs. I seriously doubt that I could name you one person I agree with 100% on every topic. I’m just kind of weird like that, I like to form my own opinions, call me silly. What I do believe 100% in is democracy and the fact that we the people have spoken and now no matter what your politics are it is our duty as citizens of this great nation to come together and support our newly elected President. We should count ourselves lucky that we have the right to vote in the first place & be forever greatful to those individuals who have afforded us that right. So when you go to bed tonight, if you believe in the power of prayer, which I absolutely believe in 100%, say a prayer for our Nation and our newly elected leaders. I’m certain they can use it.

me.

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