Thursday, March 25, 2004

A tribute to my dad:

I just got home from Greg's house. Hes like a big brother to me. We ended up talking about family and what we want when we're older. Then he proceeded to ask me what I want in a person. I realized I want someone like my father and thats where my thoughts have led me astray.
I have to thank my dad. There is no man in the world who has been such a loving and supportive man. I am so glad i got him. Hes never missed a bday, hes always taken days off work when i was sick, took me places, made me eat with him every sunday morning, taught me love for the ocean, always showered me with love, took me to the zoo, colored with me, let me paint his face with makeup, made me attend temple, always was faithful to my mom and I, went sledding with me, bought my girlscout cookies, ate my snickers when i went trick or treating, went to the horse races with me, always made me do well in school, promised to beat up boys who hurt me, always made me hug him and kiss him before i left the house, helped me move into my first place, traded baseball cards with me, bought my my first mit, gave me my first car, made up games with me, changed many of my diapers, takes me to the hospital when i break bones, calls me daily at my appartment to sing me silly songs to make me smile.... and to think he even said he loved me every day when i was a teen who dispised adults... this man is my living hero!
I guess the past few days I have been so affraid of how horribly unethical politics have been and how depressing it seems to raise kids in this enviornment, but my dad has done such a good job (Dont think my mom didnt.... she did half the work!) but i am so impressed and please to have him as my male figure. So when I was talking to Greg about a man I want for my kids... he has to be at least half the man my dad is.
Dad, thanks for being the man every kid wishes to have as their pops. You are by far the most outstanding man I have ever met. I love you very much.

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

I am reading (for the millionth time) The diary of anne frank for class. It's funny how when you're 12 and read it, then when I was 16, and now at 21... just sitting in my appartment, alone and quiet. Here I am reading, thumbing through the pages of a life stoped short, when I come across my last name mentioned in her journal. I had family around where Anne was and although it may not be my family at all, my eyes could not be removed from that word on the page. Yes, I lost a lot of family in WWII. Many died in concentration camps and were shot by the SS. I tried to get past that one word, but it was like all other words had dropped off the page as I was reading the fate of my family in some 13 year olds journal. I finally got a glass of water and was able to continue, but how many times did I have to read the book before I was going to notice my family name mentioned in a book full of death and discomfort. I guess I am more aware of the world at 21 than I ever was at 12 and 16.
Today Israel is being bombed by Syria and Lebanon... I made calls to my family in Israel and wrote a sincere email to those who are in the IDF. I urge anyone who reads this to do research for themselves. I read the Wallstreet Journal and their commentary disgusted me. It was bias and completely incompetent. Either way, this maybe another battle in the eyes of Americans, but for Israelis this is what they do daily. I am slowly learning that I cannot trust people to inform themselves and that I must educate myself to become a better supporter of my father's native country. I implore you to do the same. Not because you are Jewish or Israeli... You maybe completely opposite, but because you care about world affairs and politics. You MUST realize that civilians are being killed. Yesterday a young Israeli girl was murdered by an axe splitting her skull... yes, an extreamly sad story! Please, protect yourself from ignorence, it maybe the only way to support countries other than our own.

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Something to think about…

Today, March 21, 2004, I am sitting at my desk at Cal State Fullerton realizing as an American I am not patriotic. I am questioning why after last nights experience, when I met a man who served in the army, I am not proud to be a citizen he so graciously protects? I found my answer quickly. He is protecting me, but my governing body is not. I am now becoming at risk of loosing all my personal freedoms. You must be questioning what exactly makes me feel this way. Let me share with you…
The government has been at war in the Middle East for well over a year now. Terrorism has not disappeared and many men and women my age have fallen. On the home front, we as a society are not dealing with that loss. We have an election to tend to and some amendments of the constitution to abridge. The issue that concerns me the most is what I would like to identify as the “anti-gay clause”. How absurd can this country be? While we are dealing with hatred from other countries we are now also inflicting a dislike for our own. When our founding fathers created the constitution and our country they did not say that gays were not people too. If we put as much emphasis on the war as we do on denying our own people’s rights, the war would be over and Bin Laden would have been found. Such wasted energy disgusts me.
What concerns me the most are the people who feel since they are not gay that this does not apply to them. This should be a wake up call! This is how the Holocaust started and how we imprisoned Japanese during WWII. There major events in history occurred because the mass population did not feel directly effected, so they felt no need to intervene! What makes separating their freedoms from heterosexual’s any different than making a black person use a different water fountain because of the color of their skin?
I am not gay, but I am concerned for the homosexual population in the United States. Just like many other Americans, we are all different in some way or another. This should be celebrated! What people are missing is that once you have taken rights from one type of group it enables the government to do it again. Soon Catholics will not be able to practice because they are infringing upon the president’s beliefs. Maybe blacks will have to move to the back of the bus again. Someday women may loose the right to vote because we are fewer in numbers than men. Immigrants will not be allowed to drive and have to pay higher taxes. What right does the government have to impose these inhuman laws upon people?
The American public is missing the mark on what this country was founded on; equal rights and justice for all. Instead of creating more hate upon minorities, we as a large community need to ask ourselves what rights we feel we are willing to give up. Laws that take away from certain minorities only fuel the public for hate crimes and social isolation. The line will not stop with gays, it will continue until the government feels it has gained “moral” control over all of its occupants.