Liberty and Justice For Some

Despite the mostly positive response I received from members of Lock Haven City Council the last time I presented the idea of enacting a non-discrimination ordinance as well as policy changes for city employees to protect members of the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender community with the same protections afforded to others based on religion, race, and gender; Monday night, at the regular public meeting, the Mayor told me in no uncertain terms that they did not wish to move forward on the matter. I was told that I was welcome to go to the state and lobby them for the changes if I desired.

Going blind

I was watching Invictus starring Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela last night and with all the attention on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 it got me thinking of how we reacted to a singular event compared to a people repressed and abused for decades under Apartheid who could find the strength to act in peace and forgiveness rather than violence and aggression.

Gandhi once said that an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. What he meant in those words is that retribution and revenge only continue the cycle of violence that creates war and human suffering.

Remembering 9/11

When will we hold a memorial service to honor our dead freedoms that have been laid to rest by 10 years of fear mongering rhetoric and war? At some point in time will we mourn the loss of liberty to the encroaching police state or ponder on our continuing military adventurism?

Who will light a candle for our fading constitutional republic this 9/11 as our nation spirals into crisis due to debt created from “keeping America safe”? Who will mourn the lost fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, and daughters who have had their lives snuffed out while military contractors make record profits and the bodies continue to pile higher?

Williamsport City Council Violates Rights of Citizen and My Response

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered… deeply, …finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” -George Washington

The privilege of public office is a duty that bears with it the great responsibility to act judiciously in order to preserve the sacred fire that our first President spoke of in the quote above. The oath that all our officials take to protect and preserve our constitution is not just a collection of words recited into empty space, it is a verbal contract with the people of this nation. It is a mantle of trust that is taken up to perform and exercise the office with the principles of freedom and liberty at the forethought of every action.