One of my favorite Orwell characters – and not related to my avocation – is Boxer, the horse from Animal Farm. Boxer was a truly selfless individual. Even as his own breath was failing him, he would utter what was to him a mantra, “I must work harder.” Regardless of what Boxer was intended to represent to the story, one can’t help but to respect his work ethic.
I feel like Boxer, sometimes – I’m sure we all do. One area where Boxer’s unstoppable attitude would serve me, is in helping to free Felix Garcia. We had a great week, and got almost 100 new signatures on Felix’s petition, but things are starting to slow up.
Felix’s clemency hearing is underway now. We need to get those thousand signatures and get this petition sent out, or it won’t do any good. Imagine the following scenario:
James Stewart, in classic monochrome, is doing his heartfelt summation. In his best small town Southern drawl, he snaps his suspenders and produces a document with 1000 names – from all over the World – calling for a full pardon for this innocent Deaf man. Surely, that could sway a jury. Surely, that could cause a rivulet to form in the icy heart of Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi. A rivulet that could grow into a raging torrent. As the Duke Ellington soundtrack builds to its crescendo, and Mr. Stewart squirts his crocodile tears, even Florida Governor Rick Scott couldn’t help but to feel an ounce of compassion for a man who has ceded his entire youth to a failure of the judicial system.
Felix needs to be free. And I – in order to help make that happen – like Boxer, must work harder.
Time is running out! Please click on the link and sign Felix Garcia’s petition.
BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.
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