My thoughts have been very influenced about what I identify myself as. When people ask me where I'm from, I usually respond with the United States. I then internally brace myself for the following question: "No, where are you really from?"
Mitt Romney, whose business experience enabled him to be 47th in the nation with respect to job growth when he was a one-term governor of Massachusetts, has told us that he is going to "restore" America.
Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm looks at the take-our-country-back clarion call a little differently. She believes that what these politicians want to do is take the country back -- back in time.
After having faithfully and meritoriously served in the armed forces of these United States for 20 years, suddenly I am not a real American, just because I am not a Republican -- or a member of the Tea Party?
Intolerance, bigotry, hate, fear -- the summation of all these is lack of empathy. We're imprinted to hold our opinion, shut out our opponent, win at all costs, prove the other guy wrong. But I can hope.
It appears that, for the far right, the import of local opinion and the ability for local communities to make decisions for themselves only applies in communities that agree with the values of the far right.
Can anyone tell me of any wall to wall on-site coverage of peace movement events over the past six years where the corporate press offered extensive air-time to listen to progressive leaders? I don't recall that ever happening. Do you?