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  1. Saturday, August 10, 2019

    one in eleven 

    It is not easy for everyone to make a stand… or even kneel. For every action there is a reaction and as we saw from Colin Kaepernick, sometimes the negative blowback is life-changing. So I respect those who courageously use their moment to peacefully protest.

    Yesterday 26-year old U.S. fencer Race Imboden knelt during the anthem as his gold medal-winning team stood on the podium of the Pan Am Games. Afterwards he tweeted why he took a knee.

    “We must call for change. This week I am honored to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Games, taking home Gold and Bronze. My pride however has been cut short by the multiple shortcomings of the country I hold so dear to my heart. Racism, Gun Control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list. I chose to sacrifice my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed. I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change,” he wrote.

    The Powers That Be were not inspired.

    “Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature. In this case, Race didn’t adhere to the commitment he made to the organizing committee and the USOPC,” Mark Jones, Vice President of Communications, USOPC said in a statement today.

    “We respect his rights to express his viewpoints, but we are disappointed that he chose not to honor his commitment. Our leadership are reviewing what consequences may result.”

  2. Friday, September 28, 2018

    courage is not an easy thing for everyone 

    and just because someone either lacks backbone or always takes the easy way out doesn’t make them dishonorable or worthy of ridicule.

    not everyone is cut out to stand in front of the group,

    alone,

    and say, no, this is the way.

    that is true leadership, which has its roots in courage.

    neither are easy.

    but we saw it in spades with the good Doctor who testified so wonderfully yesterday.

    however

    we call Senators and Congresspeople political leaders because they have been chosen to assume that difficult role.

    they are paid, they are given security, they are granted universal healthcare and excellent pensions, because they have asked and received the daunting task of being the voice in the wilderness to say

    this is the way.

    which is why when we watch what is happening in the Senate today, particularly in this vote for the would-be next Supreme Court Justice, there seems to be a giant lack of courage.

    a pathetic evaporation of leadership,

    and worse, a blind refusal at representative governance.

    the people do not want this man on the bench, and yet the GOP Senators who could investigate the serious allegations against him do not have the gumption to stand apart from their partisan boys club and say

    this is the way.

    when this happens in the petty pace of day to day to the average man or woman, it can be forgiven, for a multitude of reasons.

    but when actual leaders, who swore to protect and defend the country, not the party, give in to peer pressure or political pressures or the fear of reprisal, financial or otherwise,

    it is disgusting and unforgivable.

    courage is not an easy thing for anyone. our brains are programmed to protect the body from danger.

    but there is no danger in doing what the heart knows is the right path.

    ever.