What A Long Strange Trip Its Been...
"We're all going back to our day jobs." - Patrick J. Fitzgerald - March 6, 2007
From the Desk of Patrick J. Fitzgerald story began as a blog experiment in October 2005, shortly after the Grand Jury handed up an indictment against I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby. Now, after 18 months and 1512 posts -- this one being 1513 (a small irony in itself) -- it's time to say goodbye.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King Jr.
I was inspired to develop a creative outlet to channel my passion for truth, justice and the American way as well as my affinity for humor, political satire, and groundbreaking investigative journalism. I also wanted to shine a light on good government -- the open, honest and accountable kind -- in a country where the Bill of Rights and Constitution are revered and adhered to; where a zero tolerance for graft, corruption and evildoers are dealt with justly, quickly and efficiently...a country where fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives.
"I guess they can't revoke your soul for trying." - Grateful Dead
This forum quickly morphed into a seemingly never ending blog session fueled by the worst political and corporate scandals of our time all wrapped up in the 109th Congress and the White House. In a nutshell, everything that is wrong with the Bush Administration - its war, its policies, and its total disregard for the truth, was discussed ad nauseam on this little old blog.
"Do you have what it takes for a career in public service?" - PJF
During this process, I have developed a deep and profound respect for Team America and the thousands of other overworked, underpaid and underappreciated dedicated public servants throughout our government, military, and NGO watchdog groups. That includes scores of citizen journalists, bloggers and the many, many visitors and regulars to this blog who have had the courage to speak out, stand up and fight the good fight in this all important battle to protect our freedoms, liberty and Republic.
Who is this "Fitz?"
And finally, as to the inevitable question as to who I am? Who? Who is but the form following the function of what, and what I am is a person behind a blog. Beneath this blog there is more than flesh. Beneath this blog there is an idea...and ideas are bulletproof. People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
My answer is this...From the Desk of Patrick J. Fitzgerald was an idea...and he was my father. And my mother...my brother...my friend. He was you...and me....He was all of us.
Merry Fitzmas, Peace, Love, Cheers and Maholo...
You -TIME 2006 Person of the Year ;)
P.S. "Nothing can come of nothing." - Shakespeares and a hoaloha.
As to an Eplilogue...one never knows what the future may hold, but it includes the proverbial "spend more time with my family" because I have observed that they grow up as quickly as I age, and there was a very special person in my life....who never fully understood my time spent on this pupule blog with "online phantoms" -- to her I can only say I am sorry (cue Willie Nelson song) and quote her favorite poet, W. S. Merwin...
Your absence has gone through meLike thread through a needle.Everything I do is stitched with its color.Kiki, e kala maioe iau.Ko Aloha Makamae E Ipo.Aloha No Au Ia 'Oe. Ho'i Hou Ke Aloha.A hui hou.