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Sunday, January 9, 2011


I am horrified by the recent attack on Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. I refuse to join in the finger pointing blaming this group or that group for the attack because if we are really honest with ourselves, we are all a little bit to blame. Whether we are part of the divisiveness on Capitol Hill, an apathetic non-voter, a biligerent "I'm only talking to people who think like me" voter, the fear mongering "news" media , a community member who ignored the warning signs, a medical professional who refused treatment to the alleged gunman, a family member who was unable to seek medical treatment for the gunmen because of cost...we all played a part...

It is my hope that this is a wake up call to all Americans everywhere to open their eyes, their hearts and their minds. Yes, America is a great country with a rich history. BUT it is not the only country in the world. There are other countries doing amazing, innovative and progressive things to protect their citizens, the environment and global commerce and it is time for America to wake up and look for new models of leadership and governance. And it is time for the American people to educate themselves on current issues instead of just swallowing the fear media's pill with no questions asked.

One of my favorite shows on PBS was Bill Moyers' Journal. Much to my sadness, Bill has retired from hosting his weekly show, however, you can still read his articles and posts on the PBS website. And I hope that you do read them and watch some of the archived segments from his show. I think it should be required viewing and reading for every American. His soft spoken voice, pleasant demeanor, down to earth points of view, amazing guests were a refreshing respite from the ego battles occurring on cable news shows. As a viewer, you could actually hear a civilized, sometimes poetic, debate on current events. His show was simple: invite some people over and talk around a table as if it were in your own kitchen. It was just honest to goodness talk that broke through the rhetoric and jargon and left you feeling well informed and just a little bit hopeful.

People will always have different opinions. That is the beauty of being human, but let's stop focusing on the differences and start looking at how we are the same. It doesn't matter your politics, your country of origin, what language you speak...we are in this big blue boat together and we will either sail or sink...together...

**As I'm writing this, the radio dj is playing songs that came out of the American Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's. How crazy is that?! They just played one of my all time favorites. Listen. Take it to heart. Enjoy.


Elissa said...

Well said, Rae.

You have such a gift -- the ability to express yourself with beauty, eloquence, and intelligence.

Rae said...

thank you, e! i appreciate thst.