I was trying to decide what to write about with this, my very first post on Kos. I felt a bit intimidated, after reading some of my favorites, and not thinking I was smart enough or informed enough to say anything of value. I mean, I'm probably the wonkiest person I know (with the exception of my lovely fiancee), but some of the people on this site put us to shame. But then, after the events of this weekend, I felt compelled to sink or swim.
I am, as evidenced by my username, a father, and within a few days I'll be a father again. I can't wait to meet my son, and teach him, and give him as much as I can, both materially and value-wise.
So I decided, since this is my first post, I would write my son a list - actually a list for both my boys, my Isaac and Judah. I want them to know who their father is, what he believes, what he stands for. So bear with me.
I believe that Americans, of whatever political stripe or ideology, are good people, and in times of tragedy and times of joy, their coming together are can be an amazing and beautiful thing.
I believe that the freedom and peace and prosperity are inalienable rights, and that you have every right to all three of them.
I believe that there is no greater joy than a good book, and a good meal, and a great love. I have known all three.
I believe you should vote! Always, whenever, wherever, for whatever purpose, not just national issues, but for local, state and city and dogcatcher. Just vote - no matter what people tell you, it matters, and it always will.
I believe that the questioning of authority, whether within your own political party or the opposite, whether it's your boss or your teachers or random strangers, is not only your right, but your responsibility.
I believe that while time heals all wounds, or at least most, there are some that should never, ever be forgotten, or forgiven.
I believe that, while I am a staunch liberal and progressive, you have every right to your beliefs, and every right to defend those beliefs. You don't, however, have the right to take violent action against me or mine if you don't believe the way I do.
I believe that words have value, and consequences, and that you have to take responsibility for what you say and do. No one should get to walk away from what they've said, or done.
I believe that the world can be a fantastic, scary, amazing, beautiful and fascinating place. I believe that the world is what you make it, and you should make it the best you can.
I believe that you should give back if you can, and thank those who help you, and you should love like there's no tomorrow. Never regret what could have been.
Thanks for sticking with me, and putting up with me. I'll be around, posting and commenting. Thanks again, folks, and I'm glad to be a part of the Daily Kos community.