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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Murder in Tucson

A Federal Judge and 5 others were murdered. A U.S. Congresswoman was shot in the head, execution style, and is fighting for her life as I write this. All told 20 people were shot by one man in front of a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona over the weekend. 

On December 4, 2008 I wrote a letter to my community newspaper: "I am deeply troubled by the racism and hate-mongering that is rearing its ugly head against President-elect Obama. I am sensing the same dangerous atmosphere that engulfed us in the '60s and ultimately led to the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. I say to all people of faith, put a stop to this, put a stop to this now."

Should we really be surprised that this blood bath occurred? The difference between then and now is that today there are enough guns in this country to arm every man, woman and child. Are we to walk away from yet another slaughter without doing something to end the gun violence that is engulfing our Nation? If our leaders are sincere about coming together during this tragedy, than have the courage to stand up to the gun lobby and pass some common sense gun laws.