Saturday, January 24, 2009

Dear World ...

It was a REALLY long day at work in fields of the Lord ... AKA attending the Equality Summit at the L.A. Convention Center. I've got notes and pictures and thoughts to share but that will happen tomorrow. Right now it's Chinese take out and an early bedtime for me ... but first this quick post I can't resist sharing that came from an L.A. colleague via I-can't-remember-where.

Dear World,

We, the United States of America, your top quality supplier of the ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to apologize for our 2001-2008 interruption in service.
The technical fault that led to this eight-year service outage has been located, and the software responsible was replaced November 4.
Early tests of the newly installed program indicate that we are now operating correctly, and we expect it to be fully functional on January 20, 2009. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage. We look forward to resuming full service and hope to improve in years to come. We thank you for your patience and understanding.


WarrenSensei said...

Huzzah! About time too... I wonder if we can sue the red states for punitive damages caused by this fault? ;-)

Christopher said...

Should not the lessons of the last 8 years have been a sense of humility about our place in the world? And that checks and balances are always of necessity for a thriving and lively republic?

Given that, I get concerned by what now looks like liberal triumphalism. After all, Vietnam was largely executed under Democratic regimes, and both parties have found their hands in all manner of placing our interests first when meddling in other and far off lands. This reads as so very-U.S. American-centric at a time when humility of our place in the world should reign. Pres. Obama was incorrect in my estimation to tell the world, "we're ready to lead the world again". Rather, we are ready to take a rightful, limited, and responsible place in the world again.

I hope we have learned that potential misuse of authority and abuse of power are not limited to party affiliation or position on the political spectrum? That being my hope, a firm insistence on checks and balances all around is in order.