Christmas was great. I got some gifts, but overall I liked just spending time with family (at my home). Yesterday we all went to Montgomery and exchanged a few things (and this and that). There were few sales, that I saw, though. I got a Starbucks giftcard and used it, though. That was the quickest I had ever paid for something in my life.
Jonathan came over today and I checked out his new video iPod. Very nice. I put him some pictures and some music videos on it.
Last night I watched Minority Report. I had watched it before, it had just been a while. The movie has a good message to it, but I think the message is a little deep for some people who are not actually following the movie. Of course, like all movies, it has some negative aspects, but this one was well written. A good review can be found here.
Alright, for the past few days, I’ve been thinking about something that’s very interesting. I was watching the History Channel not too long ago about the American presidents. I found something very interesting about one of our Presidents. Andrew Jackson — the 17th president, also the founder of the Democratic Party. In this special on the History Channel, they stated that Jackson said he could never forgive some things that were said about his wife (something about her devorice from her other husband). I didn’t really think a lot about it, until I got to really thinking about how much the democratic party today is almost soley based upon that one item — unforgiveness. I’m not trying to be stereotypical, but I’ve found that those with more bitterness towards a certain people, race, agenda, or idea generally tends to be a part of the democratic party. Not all of the time, of course, but most of the time. What was said then about his wife probably shouldn’t have been said (which caused such bitterness), but it was. Past is past, and cannot be changed. It was the indirect (or possibly the direct) cause of the split between the then republican party to the democratic party. This is evident in many more ways that one. In the 2000 election President Bush won the majority of what he had to win (the electoral college). No matter how it was played — Bush won. The hatred for the President today has been a direct result of that. The Democrats believe they won and they’re bitter about it. Fully bitter. There are a lot of other examples that can be made here — from social groups, to racial groups, to any other group that votes democrat. The vast majority vote based on bitterness or unforgiveness. Forgiveness, as defined by the dictionary, is a pardon. Forgiveness hurts no one. Bitterness can literally torment a person until the day that they die. Jesus says in Mark 11:25 that “when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” It’s quite obvious if we can’t learn to forgive others, we can’t be forgiven. If we can’t be forgiven, then we still will be judged guilty on that day of judgement. There will be no pardon if we can’t pardon those who’ve done things against us.