Thank you notes

In My Opinion

editorial@sierrastar.comMarch 18, 2014 

Just a note of thanks to Jay Leno for his very entertaining and successful 22-year run on The Tonight Show. While I enjoyed Mr. Leno very much, there's no beating the late Johnny Carson for the very best in late night entertainment.

I also wish to congratulate Jimmy Fallon for his promotion as the new host of The Tonight Show. He's very talented and funny. I watched his Late Show several times during bouts of insomnia. I always enjoyed his "Thank You Notes" skits. Like me, they are often very sarcastic.

Thank you notes were once a common courtesy. I'm not sure if technology is responsible for the demise of the 'thank you note' or if we've just gotten lazy and forgotten our manners. I know I'm not as good at sending out 'thank you notes' as I once was, so I'd like to catch-up on some long overdue notes in recognition of Jimmy Fallon's new show.

Thank you Mr. President, for unequivocally demonstrating to the doubters that your repeated message regarding your Affordable Healthcare Act is indeed one big lie. I can't thank you enough for so eloquently clearing that up.

Thank you Senator Reid and Congressperson Pelosi, for being perfect examples of why we desperately need term limits in Washington.

Thank you to every president and member of congress since Franklin D. Roosevelt, for taking the value of the U.S. dollar down to 20 cents. We so appreciate paying $40,000 for an $8,000 vehicle. Your silence on the value of the dollar has been so helpful that hardly anyone considers the actual value of anything.

Thank you Mr. President, for being more flexible for Russian President Putin, (as you promised him), in this your current and final term.

Thank you Mr. Putin, for invading Crimea before our leader in the White House actually started drawing down our military capability to pre WWII levels.

Thank you Detroit, for giving us such a perfect example and a very clear map as to what we can expect to become of Washington, D.C.

Thank you California Senator Dianne Feinstein, for going ballistic over the CIA's snooping on your computer. Perhaps you could find the time to review the NSA's infiltration of the privacy of We The People.

Thank you California Democratic Legislature, for protecting your "esteemed colleague," Rod Wright, from being expelled after his conviction for perjury and voter fraud. We understand what 'thick as thieves' truly means and a simple voluntary leave of absence is more tolerable than having reliable representation in our government.

And finally, thank you to the keepers of American statistics, for having such great records on American differences.

In my many years of living, I have never met one single person who is as interested in our differences of race, creed, color, gender, income, religion, sexual practices, or political philosophy to the extreme extent our government is interested in them. The government, especially at election time, uses our differences as a weapon. For some unknown reason, our elected officials, and those seeking office, use this weapon to label people as all sorts of demons.

It is simply beyond my comprehension, in a nation founded on justice and liberty for all, that our government would have any need to use this information against us. It's curious to me that they would spend so much time and money keeping tabs on our differences than on the actual job they have been elected to do.

I have never neglected to vote since I first became eligible to cast my ballot. I have never completed a ballot that asked for my race, creed, color, gender, income, religion, sexual practices, or political philosophy.

While I understand how much of this information can be effectively used to govern, I don't understand why an American government would use it to divide our nation. Perhaps we should send a note of thanks to our Creator for the wisdom of our founding fathers, and a sincere apology for our serious neglect.

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