Several parents in Newtown have expressed concern about the long-term effects on young people not necessarily directly impacted by violence, but on the periphery. How has their close proximity to a horrendous event impacted their perception of the world?
Today as I had my last drink from the bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, which I bought to celebrate bin Laden's death, I come to realize how the momentary sense of relief on the day of his death led me to forget all about principles of justice and righteousness.
On July 22nd we lost some of our country's most precious assets: our youth. But we kept our dignity as a nation. Now we will find our way back to normality. But there will be new tests that are just as demanding as the ones we have passed.
The U.S. could have gone in a different direction -- other than war and shopping -- after 9/11. When the sky was weeping, a different sort of leader might have reaffirmed the largest of American values rather than exploited the smallest.
Norway's immediate reaction to this terror was authentic, distinctly Norwegian, and due in no small part to a country and a people who know fundamentally who they are. The world could learn a thing or two from their example.
The crucial question is, of course, the interpretation of words. Political radicals do not need to pore over thousands of pages of philosophical text to come to a conclusion on any perceived political malaise.
Many say that it is thoughtless, even reckless to blame an entire political movement for the actions of men like Breivik or Dr. Tiller's killer. I am inclined to agree. But it is just as reckless to dismiss these men as simply crazed.
Hope is not about guarantees and certainties. You don't know you'll win, but you don't know you'll lose either, so why not try? No one is more remarkable in this light than the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.
The argument goes that we are experiencing hard times and need to prioritize ourselves above all others. It is easy to see why this argument would lend itself to the idea of eliminating foreign aid and also why entitlements are the next.