A Message for President Obama
Dear President Obama,
Sir I did not vote for you in the past election and I will not apologize for that; none the less I am hoping that it was my mistake and that our country indeed becomes a better place for all. There are only a few reasons why I chose not to vote for you; however, keep in mind I did not vote for John McCain either. I simply did not vote. However, please do not hold this against me (either). Although I have lived in this country for a quarter of a century and I am the father of 3 American Citizens (Florida Natives) and I am married to an American Citizen (born in New York state). You see I am still a legal alien (Canadian Citizen) and I saw no reason to become an American Citizen. Please do not think in anyway this is a "knock" against America. I love our country and I am proud to be in America; furthermore, this country has embraced me from day 1. I must add that I am heavily invested in this country primarily because of my better-half and our 3 children (although I could "claim" an American mother-in-law also).
After I married my better-half; I brought her to Canada to live. We would probably still be there today if they had allowed her to practice her profession; however, because French was an official language she was prevented from practicing her profession in the predominantly French town (in Ontario) that we resided in (she was not fluent in French). I harbor no ill feelings for this; however, Canada did lose an effective physics teacher, the little sister of a M.D. scientist who works with the Nobel Prize winner for his work in the area of AIDS...and if I may add Canada also lost a native-son and a "rock-solid" forest engineer/scientist.
I am not a Conservative (far from it; after all I am a practicing Catholic). Practicing Catholics are suppose to emulate as much as possible our role-model, rebel/radical extraordinaire, that would be the Son of God. You have some so called "Catholics" in your cabinet that are in a very difficult situation (spiritually/psychologically) not because they support you; however, because it appears like they are upholding positions contrary to their faith. Whether the Catholic Church excommunicates them or not is of little consequence...
How would He govern our country? I propose He would not "run" it like any Republican Government we have had. He would "run" it democratically and would be inclusive of all; however, He would not bend the laws to accomodate "relativism." He would be more similar to a Democratic Government that fully embraced God's Laws (I believe MLK Jr. would have been an ideal president). THink like Abe. He would love all; however, he would not change the laws to accomodate anyone's errors or greed. He would change the laws to help the poor, provide health care for all, emphasize giving over receiving and definitely not isolate our children (or anyone) from praying especially in schools or pubic (government) areas. If He ran our school system you can bet that everything would revolve around prayer and then...
I am not rich or poor; I am of middle class, I have health care (although two of my close friends do not and this bothers me, significantly) I am a white male; however, I am not racist (some of my closest childhood friends are of African heritage and we simply grew up as Canadians in a relatively integrated society). I believe that all citizens (born or still in the womb) and legal aliens deserve equal rights; however, those rights should be accordance with God's Laws (although I admit that this is a difficult and an ambiguous position to discern). I love the words in one of Neil Young's classics; "A Natural Monument should be preserved..."
You probably know where i am going next; I believe marriage is sacred and should always be between a man and a woman. I am not communist; I am the farthest (opposite) pole to it; because I believe in God and I know there is a God. I also believe that we are making a significant mistake to exclude God from our lives (either private or public).
I love to read history and consider myself well-versed in this area. I recall how important it was to have God with us (in the past) and I believe we will continue to need Him in the future (perhaps more than ever). Having said all this; I believe we have some of the same role models; Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi. I also consider Mother Teresa and John Paul II significant role models. Have you ever contemplated who all of these role models emulate?
Since like you, I am the father of daughters (I have 3) I know you understand how passionate I am for womens' rights; however, not at the expense of any unborn child. As I previously mentioned I am a practicing Catholic and come from a history of people who were oppressed and did not have equal rights under the law. I also believe that you are passionate about what I have discussed here and I want you to understand that you could be the greatest president we have ever had if you follow this road; the road less travelled; a higher road; although it will alienate you from some in the Democratic Party; you will retain many and gain some from the Republican Party; especially authentic (practicing) Christians (not to mention their legions of priests, pastors etc.).
More profoundly there will be a most powerful force completely allied to His/your cause that it will accomplish all of the objectives and provide a better place for all inclusive of true- Christians and true-Muslims. Imagine if you embraced His will, you would be in a position to change the World and minimize selfishness the true-root of our demise...