I have been dismissive of others objections to my speech and my opinions. I have little considered this offense against others, perhaps in weight against my other much more grievous sins listed here.
I have left too many things undone. I have neglected responsibilities and allowed myself to be distracted from important things and remained ignorant of injustice and suffering of others.
I've let myself be used and lied to and I taught lies to school children in every county I've lived in since I've been an adult. Because of sloth did not educate myself to the truth nor take control of those under my employ in local governments.
I steal from the poor with monetary policy, printing money for banks and devaluing every dollar in the working man's paycheck and savings account. I create a separation of classes with progressively prohibitive tax measures, bureaucracies and fees to keep the poor from succeeding and securing power and wealth of an elite few.
I help to arm criminals in this country and around the world.
I help to disarm victims leaving them defenseless against criminals and tyrants only for the sake of comfort, to make people feel good and to give others a sense of accomplishment.
I persecute churches and people of faith, demanding they cede questions of conscience to the state and force them to participate in that which they hold most vile.
I hire people to murder, by the hundreds of thousands a year, babies before they are born. I wish I could say it was totally at random but the truth is that it has been focused on minorities and the poor.
I have taken the freedom to govern myself, a gift from God and one that has been fought and died for by generations before me, and I've squandered it allowing myself and others to slip into serfdom and even slavery.
If you notice that several of these are in the present tense. This is because I continue to commit them. I don't know if they can be stopped. I do vow that from this day forward I will do what I can and say what I must until all of these sins are stopped and amends are made or until the day that I die. When I die and I meet my maker at least I will no longer have to say that I did nothing.
Why do I say what I say and care about what I care about? I suppose I've taken for granted that everyone else would find what I say to be self evident, even boring, and so I'm always surprised to find that I've offended someone. So these are my confessions.
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