Monday, April 28, 2008

Use Your Voice

We have an ex-in-law/friend who wound up in prison. He reads my blog faithfully and this week-end sent me a paper he asked me to post for him. Here it is:


As I sat in my prison cell and read these articles (, I wanted to communicate my thoughts. I long to have a voice. See I am different than you. You have it and very few use it. Stand up and use your voice.

This country was founded on grit and determination. Criminals and ideigent scum were our forefathers; not all but a large part were. They stood and used their voices. I do not advocate militant means to an end, although if enough disgruntled Ameri”cans” came together things would change.

We have had so many con men and clowns running this “great” country that the masses are beat down and feel they cannot do anything to change what is happening. Satnd up and use yoru voice.

You hear that call to a “grass roots effort”. What does this really mean?

To me it means coming together with a like mind to challenge or to come together as a whole to change what is going on. Stand up and use your voice.

On any given day, turn your television on and you could find come famous person begging you to send money to another country to feed their starving children and families. What about this country? What bout our starving children and families?

If something does not change, what will your children or families have for their futures? Every day the powers-that-be grow stronger. “They” right now know that the Ameri-“cant’s” are locked in their self-made pens and are wearing their muzzles. Stand up and use your voice.

Corporate fat cats run this country. They pul the leversx of their puppets. Speak out! Stop buying their fuel. Learn the difference between what is needed and what is wanted. Buy only what is needed. You have all the control and are too blind to use it. Stand up and use your voice.

I am not an angry inmate with an ax to grind on our government. I am a failed armed robber and a recovering drug addict. I have done eighteen years in prison and have many more to do. But I am also a lover of the Ameri”can” way of life. I believe that no matter how ludicrous it seems, America can once again be a wonderful, beautiful place to live. Stand up and use your voice.

You cannot sit on the ocuch and complain if you are not willing to help effect change. It seems as though we have come to a point in history where people now want others to fight their battles for them.
Americans are going away to fight and coming home not as men but as boys with deep issues to resolve. They must learn to live with not only the terrible atrocities they witnessed, but the ones they created or participated in. They are being forced to beg for support once they are back on American soil. Support for limbs that were lost or mental issues that need to be dealt with. Stand up and use your voice.

Senior citizens who have worked their whole lives are forced to choose between life-saving medicines and basic necessities such as food and utilities. Stand up and use your voice.

These examples could go on and on. There are so many things that deserve our immediate attention. Vote people. Use your voice. There are many like-minded people out there. I swear, wouldn’t it be nice to say to yourself, “Hey, I helped make that happen?”

You can make it happen. You can make it real.

McCain? Obama? Clinton? Do you really want to face the next presidential term saying, “I didn’t vote.”? Personally, I would vote for Hillary. The good, the bad, the ugly? Make a choice and use your vote.

I had a sign up where I work as a prison staff barber. It said, “Clinton for President”. I wanted a voice. My boss ordered me to take it down. You see, I don’t have a voice, so please stand up and use yours. Help bring about a much needed change.

Minds are like parachutes. They only work when open. – Unknown Source
Perform random acts of kindness – Unknown Source


Jim doesn’t have the freedom you and I have to express ourselves. He made some choices early in his life that have cost him not only his liberty, but his right to make his views known. You and I do have those rights, and I know that you agree with him when he says that we are making a big mistake if we don’t exercise them.

I’m sure that those rights can only be truly appreciated when they are taken away, so I know that Jim deeply appreciates the extent of his loss. In my view, the present administration has done its all to imperil our rights, too, so I’ll add my urging to Jim’s prodding. Let us each use our voice to the maximum possible effect in reinstating and protecting those rights.

Yours in Peace – BR

Be the change you wish to see in the world. -- M. K. Gandhi

Individually we have little voice. Collectively we cannot be ignored.
But in silence we surrender our power. Yours in Peace -- BR

The reason for going was to keep the crude flowing and raise a false flag abroad. – from a poem by Jack Evans titled 3500 Souls -

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