This week Americans across the country will be sitting down with family and friends to take part in the one holiday where we give thanks for all the blessings in our life — many of whom, if we are lucky, are seated at the table with us.
One enduring image from last week’s news coverage of the devastation Hurricane Harvey loosed on Texas is the line of people forming a human chain to reach those stuck in a car in deep water. No one cared about their political affiliation, where they worshipped or their country of origin. These people acted immediately to save the lives of perfect strangers — no questions asked.
Last Saturday the heinous act of domestic terrorism that rocked Charlottesville, killing 3 people and wounding dozens of others, once again brought all of America to a halt as we tried to absorb the reality of what took place.
David Leonhardt’s piece in Tuesday’s New York Times, “A Summer Project to Nourish Your Political Soul,” should be required reading for all Americans. He recommends that each of us pick an issue or three that has us torn or which leaves us wondering which side we truly agree with, study it and see if we find things that change our mind on it.
Yesterday, the country was stunned by the violent attack on members of the US House of Representatives who were practicing for this week’s charity baseball game, a tradition dating back to the early 1900’s. It brought Washington up short, and there was more discussion of unity and family then we have heard in a long time.
Texas may once have been part of the “Wild West” but that time is long past.
So the fact that two popularly elected state lawmakers couldn’t resolve their differences with words and instead “tussled” — as the Texas Tribune politely characterized it — is beyond inexcusable. It’s embarrassing.
“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that light; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter” Thomas Jefferson