Last week, as it did last year, the U.S. Senate voted on an amendment supporting the rights of states to enact their own laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered foods. The amendment was offered to the Senate Farm Bill by Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) but failed 27 to 71.
When Grandma Mollie finally decided to get home-care, she found a caregiver in her community to assist her with certain tasks. In a few weeks, she fired the caregiver, after accusing her of misplacing and then stealing her eyeglasses. She found someone new.
Fear is momentary; regrets are forever. The reality is that fears that paralyze us today will be long forgotten tomorrow, and we'll be left with the after-effects of opting for safety -- life unexperienced, progress unmade, a truckful of regret.
To sum up, the long pent-up grievances of the Arab/Muslim world are exploding not just in the faces of local dictators such as Mubarak of Egypt but, perhaps more importantly, against their neocolonial/imperial patrons abroad.
America does not have a magic wand to turn totalitarian regimes into well-functioning democracies, but there are times when the balance in America's strategic relationships must shift toward the vital importance of popular will.