Yesterday as a teacher, I asked my students to be respectful of the peaceful transition process, remember that our system is based on BOTH majority rule AND minority rights, and cautioned them to be diligent in holding the elected accountable. I plan to do the same. Today, as a citizen, I march! This anonymous post sums it up for me today and going forward:
“I listened as they called my President a Muslim.
“I listened as they called him and his family a pack of monkeys.
“I listened as they said he wasn’t born here.
“I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could.
“I saw the pictures of him as Hitler.I watched them shut down the government and hurt the entire nation twice.
“I watched them turn their backs on every opportunity to open worthwhile dialog.
“I watched them say that they would not even listen to any choice for Supreme Court no matter who the nominee was.
Rachel Maddow is one of the best “explainers” I’ve ever seen on television, let alone on a news show, and (as I too often remind folks when I make a statement like this) I’m no spring chicken.
After the Japan earthquake and tsunami in March of this year led to radioactive disasters at a half-dozen nuclear power plants, the most lucid, informative and understandable lay explanations of the crisis — the causes, technologies involved, dangers, etc. — were without question done by Rachel Maddow.
She’s also really good at focusing her attention on important stories — or angles on important stories — which might otherwise escape our notice.
Now she has done it again with a unique discussion of Osama bin Laden, and the strategy which was at the root of his style of asymmetrical warfare against the United States. Continue reading →