I am Souzapalooza and I approve this message…

Somebody asked me why I did not address Osama Bin Ladin’s death here on my blog. My answer:

Why would you come here to read about that?

I write about pop culture, books, healthy recipes and Bret Michaels concerts in tandem with giving birthday shout outs to friends and swooning over baked goods from Red Barn Bakery. My blog isn’t about these type of world news events or politic perspectives. I keep my political views to myself. I don’t find this type of thing enjoyable to discuss. I can’t stand when people solicit my thoughts and/or opinions on a subject, then belittle them because they disagree. It is very tiresome to listen to these people try to sway me to “their side”. I don’t have a side.

In the film,  The American President, directed by Rob Reiner, written by Aaron Sorkin ans stars an amazing cast including Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Richard Dryfuss and Michael J. Fox, there is a wonderful speech that President Shepard gives towards the end of the film that moves me every time I hear it.

America isn’t easy. America is advanced citizenship. You’ve got to want it bad, because it’s gonna put up a fight. It’s gonna say, “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil who is standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. You want to claim this land as the ‘land of the free’? Then the symbol of your country cannot just be a flag. The symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Now show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the ‘land of the free.'” – Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepard

I love my country and am grateful for the rights that I have. I am grateful to the service men and women who protect those rights, both here and abroad. I am grateful I live in a country where I am not required to hide my face and body because of my gender. I am grateful I am allowed to publicly share this gratitude with all of you here on my blog.

Yes, I live in New York and yes, I was in the city that fateful day. Everyone has their “where were you on 9/11” story; however, I’m not going to give you mine. It doesn’t matter where I was; I am still here. Innocent people at work in the towers, to put food on their tables and a roof over their heads; they are all gone. Courageous people who tried to save lives and provide assistance amid the chaos of that day, they are all gone. There are children with out parents, parents with out children, spouses who’ve been widowed, families missing loved ones, and friends we will never see again, all because of this man. I do not wish ill on anyone; I feel it is bad karma and wastes energy that could be put towards something positive. However, in his case, I make an exception.

If you really want my opinion of Bin Ladin here it is:

I’m glad the M@%#()&^#} is dead.

(he ruined my mom’s birthday – Mommapalooza born September 11th)

U.S. Air Force photo taken by Denise Gould


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