We are living at a time when the story of America is changing, with nothing but more change on the horizon. Therefore, we face a critical decision. Should the new American story be born out of fear or hope? The stark contrasts in the 2016 election make this choice inevitable.
Although we are not required to respect our neighbor's opinion we do acknowledge that they are entitled to that opinion. Allowing them that opinion without demonizing them should not be the exception, but rather the rule.
The only thing which will improve our present condition is the taming of our fear. We must act on courage. Courage to think differently, speak loudly, and challenge directly the systems which we know to be unjust.
Billions of dollars in profit now depend on insiders maintaining US society in a state of overhyped alert that demands increasingly costly technology. Maintaining these profits requires a population conditioned by a theater of fear.
Some people are scared when women, who are supposed to be the weaker sex, are smart, successful, display confidence, take part in the conversation with opinions and challenging questions, and have ambitions.
China bashing doesn't educate the public about what's truly at stake economically and what must be done in the years ahead. Worse: It reinforces the politics of resentment, and further legitimizes other forms of isolationism and xenophobia.
Six months after Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, the sky is still there, grandma hasn't been euthanized, and there are no death panels. Today, just six months after becoming law, even more benefits of reform take effect.
A vote for the GOP in November will be a vote for the richest one percent of the country at the expense of the rest of us. And it will be a vote for the kind of fear that we, as a country, would eventually come to regret.
If Repower America transforms into a future-based movement, we will be tapping into that core American belief in doing whatever it takes for however long it takes to build a more hopeful future for ourselves and our children.
When fear is rampant on all sides of the immigration debate, perhaps the recognition of a basic commonality can serve as a crucible for turning this into an opportunity for Arizonans to act well with the eyes of the nation now squarely upon us.
When and if government and the media want to get serious about rebuilding trust with the American people, a few corporations are there to help guide the way, as surprising and ironic as it may seem to many.
With the confluence of the national health care debates and the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, I couldn't help but put the two together and wonder about the psychological impact of the "War on Terror" and its impact on the health.