Please bear with me, folks. I've been in a bit of a political rage lately. I know there are people who are just trying to offer some reasonable opposition to the ruling party, and I love ya for that, regardless of whether or not you and I agree.
But I see and hear a lot of people crossing the line, subverting America's ability to succeed in this war, etcetera. I just deleted one of my own posts, about how Ted Kennedy is a traitor - and stopped just short of saying the same thing about John Edwards (for the record, I do believe that Kennedy is anti-American in his political speeches, while I don't think the same is true of Edwards). And don't get me started on that scumbag Murtha.
Those of you who disagree with American involvement in Iraq, or with American foregn policy in general, I don't want you to think that I'm bashing you, or trying to invalidate your ideas as "un-American." That's not what I'm about. But it is certainly un-American, or anti-American, to call for change in policy and then refuse to support that change when it's presented to you, just because you HATE the president, as opposed to simply disagreeing like civilized people. If you've allowed media interests and those who would enjoy seeing the president fail - even if it means harm to the country - draw you into a war of hate speech against the President of the United States, then you have no place on my blog or anywhere else in my country.
Again, nothing but love for those of you who are just trying to open a reasonable dialogue, whereas the Bush administration has so clearly failed to do so.
So I'm trying for all I'm worth to exercise restraint here at Tengu House, and to restrict my posting to non-political subjects like Buddhism (and yes, Buddhism is non-political, in spite of what most American Buddhists evidently believe) or the martial arts. My interests are wide-ranging enough that I should be able to post frequently without delving into the realm of the lowest common denominator, which is to say, politics.
Either way, don't let me offend you, Dear Friends. Or at least, if I do, drop me a comment or an email and let me know. I promise I'll limit my political ranting and try to do a better job of keeping to the middle path.