Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry CHRISTmas and Happy Holidays

This Christmas/Holiday season has been frought with arguments over political correctness. It seems a growing minority of people don't like the religious implications of celebrating a holiday that revolves around the birth of the man who founded the world's most popular religion...

I'm well known for my non-religiousness. To most people, religion is little more than a "my god can beat up your god" complex. People speak of the greater morality their religion preaches, then they throw that morality out the window when dealing with people of other religions.

Even though I'm non-religious, I know that Jesus was a real person, just like Mohammed and Buddah were real people. Taking the CHRIST out of CHRISTmas is every bit as silly as taking Martin Luther King Jr out of Martin Luther King Jr day. CHRISTmas is a celebration of Jesus' birthday. So what if he founded a religion? He was a great man who did many great things. I'd say that is good enough reason to celebrate his birthday, whether you follow his religion or not!

Christmas also isn't the ONLY holiday this season; there's also Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and the Winter Solstice celebration. If Christians want people to respect their beliefs and their holidays, they need to give others that same respect.

So, Merry CHRISTmas, Happy Holidays, and have a great new year!


Thomas Lessman

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Supporting TABOR

Yesterday I attended the "American Dream Express" rally in Topeka. There were approximately 40 to 50 supporters of TABOR, and maybe 6 to 10 people opposed, present at the rally.

Opponents of TABOR used a lot of fear-mongering and mis-information in their attempts to oppose the Taxpayor Bill of Rights.

A prime example: one opponent held a sign that stated "If TABOR is passed, 50'000 Kansas children will lose their access to Health Wave."

Representative Brenda Landwier, who spoke in favor of TABOR, pointed out that sign and remarked that "there are only 30'000 Kansas children currently ON Health Wave."


When you FOLLOW THE MONEY, you quickly realize that the opponents of TABOR are primarily groups that rely on government money to operate, or who support unchecked beaurocratic spending.

As a Libertarian, I SUPPORT TABOR because it puts power back in the hands of WE THE PEOPLE by allowing us the final say in whether our taxes will be raised. What is wrong with that?