The Sheriff family is proud to introduce a new member to the family. He is Sheku Kemo Sheriff, born to Maria Philips and Sheku Sheriff in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Thusday 23rd October 2008 at 10.00pm.
The baby weighed a whopping 10.2 pounds at birth, with the appropriate number of fingers and toes. We intend to raise the boy to be proud of his American citizenship, while remaining acutely aware, proud and respectful of his Sierra Leone heritage. The baby's paternal ancestors are the Sheriffs, Kallons, and Kannehs. The Maternal ancestors are the Kemokai and Margai families of Sierra Leone, and the Philips family of Liberia.
Calls of congratulations have been pouring in from friends and relatives all over the world and we pray that Sheku will grow to be a man of integrity, who will make a meaningful contribution in the lives of others.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
On behalf of the Sheriff, Kallon, Ballay, and Kanneh families here in the United States of America, and on behalf of my weblog, www.segbwema.blogspot.com, I wish to take this opportunity to formally endorse Barack Obama for the presidency of the United States of America.
Barack Obama has manifested a unique understanding of the myriads of problems confronting the middle class and lower income groups in USA, and is committed to the redemption of the moral standing of this country in the world. Over the last 7 years, the outgoing Bush administration has, through the pursuit of unilateral policies, diminished the moral standing of this great nation in the eyes of the world. The lack of understanding of the principles and the implications of globalization, and the basic lack of understanding of the aims, aspirations and traditions of other people has led to the commission of serious foreign policy blunders, whose consequences are only now starting to become apparent.
The Republican administration, in its bid to appeal to the conservative base of the party, has played down the threat of global warming and almost rejected the science of stem cell research. This failure to recognize the threat of climate change to the future of the global ecosystem and the potential of stem cell research to offer significant advances in the treatment of major diseases is testament to the narrow mindedness of the far right in this country. If this ignorant bunch continue to have their way unchecked, USA will face a significant decline in the rate of scientific progress and may one day lose its lead in this field. A vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin who by all intents and purposes are bent on following in the footsteps of the Bush administration, will just be a continuation of the same backward and ignorant policies that has dragged this country into the quagmire it is in.
Another major reason to reject the McCain-Palin ticket is to reject once and for all the politics of fear that has pervaded every facet of life in USA. The Republicans have over the years falsely, but successfully convinced the American people that they are the only party that can keep them safe. Democrats have been portrayed as the party of wimps, and some Bush administration officials have even been brazen enough to state that a vote for democrats would lead to another attack on this country. This fear mongering is the main reason that Americans have sat down and let the inept Bush administration drag this country into the economic mess it is currently in. The McCain-Palin ticket have also started the same fear mongering, insinuating that Obama should be feared and distorting his background. All this negative campaign simply means that McCain and Palin have no major issue to run on. The American people should therefore reject them and vote for Obama, replacing fear with hope and the pessimism with a vision of brighter days to come.
McCain is a war hero and this nation has showed its appreciation to him by allowing him to be in the Senate for over a quarter of a century. But at 72 years, he is just too old. At his age he should be thinking about retirement and not running around trying to take up one of the most complex jobs in the world. As he has clearly and publicly stated, he has very little knowledge of economic issues, and in this bad economy, choosing him would be a terrible mistake. His choice of the moose hunting, "six pack" drinking, college hopping, Sarah Palin, who has manifested a serious lack of understanding of complex social, economic, and international issues a testament to his poor and hasty judgement. Barrack Obama was careful to pick a serious running mate and not some beauty queen who was picked to court female votes.
A final reason to vote for Obama is to endorse his plan to which ensure that all Americans have access to quality and affordable healthcare. John McCain's plan to give us $5,000.00 healthcare credit will just be matched by a $5,000.00 premium increase by the insurance companies. He does not believe that honest tax paying American have a right to healthcare. He thinks it will be too expensive to cover all, but wants to stay in Iraq for a 100 years. Let us tell McCain and his insurance lobbyists that we will vote for healthcare for all hardworking and taxpaying Americans
In view of the above I feel greatly honored to endorse Barack Obama, a candidate of hope and change, a physical manisfestation of American diversity and a man of the common people. I believe his presidency will allow a new day to dawn in this country.