Tag Archives: politics

what is a hero?

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President Richard M. Nixon honors John McCain at the State Department

after McCain was released by the North Vietnamese in 1973

after more than five years as a prisoner of war.

(U.S. Navy)

RIP Senator John McCain

a maverick in the truest sense of the word

“I’ve tried to serve our country honorably. I’ve made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them. I’ve often observed that I am the luckiest person on Earth. I feel that way even now, as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it. I’ve had experiences, adventures, friendships, enough for 10 satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life in good or bad times for the best day of anybody else’s.”

-John McCain – from a letter he left to be read upon his death

“a hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” bob dylan

 

 

 

 

image credit: washington post

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make gentle.

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Ethel and Bobby Kennedy play with their sons before bedtime at home

 

“let us dedicate ourselves to what the greeks wrote so many years ago:

to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. “

 – robert kennedy

november 20, 1925 – june 6, 1968

(50 years ago)

 

 

image credit: time life pictures, paul schuyler

grassroots.

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i loved this grassroots campaigner 

and his simple old-school way to reach the people

no glitz, no glam, no sound bites

just two young volunteers helping him

a speaker playing music

 food and drink handed out for free

 petitions passed around and signed

hands shaken

  questions answered

face to face

good to see a real person. 

 

“the little grassroots people can change this world.”

 wangari maathai

 – kenyan politcal activist, awarded the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for her

“contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”.

solidarity.

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 spent tonight at a rally

on the diag at the university of michigan

with mayor chris taylor addressing our city

as we stand in solidarity with charlottesville

and for all those who continue to stand against

 racism, hate, violence, and inequality 

organized in 10 hours

through grass roots movements

 and a lot of heart and passion

a police officer, a mayor, a photographer, a bagpiper, a retiree

and hundreds of others

all different

yet all here for the same reason

kindness.

“it is the kindness …that finally decides our fate.”
— barack obama

mayor.

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chris taylor atop a bit of art at ann arbor’s top of the park festival

i had a pleasant surprise

when i opened my front door

and standing there was

my mayor, chris taylor

he was walking around the neighborhoods

talking to people

about the upcoming primary election

we talked for a bit

and i thanked him

for all he’s done

and continues to do

for ann arbor

 when he left

and i closed the door

i thought that this is how politicians should be

just walking around talking to people in their neighborhoods.

“the true privilege of being mayor

is that I have the opportunity to be everyone’s neighbor.”

-thomas menino