On August 1, 2011, I stood in the gallery and watched Congresswoman Gabby Giffords walk onto the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time since being shot by a mentally unstable man. The floor erupted in a standing ovation that expressed unified support for Gabby and everything her return represented. Even … Continue reading United We Stand: Thoughts on the recent Capitol Hill Shooting
Fast food typically fails to constitute the healthiest food option. While most of us know this, we can find ourselves eating it all too often. Whether because we don’t spend time to better plan our meals or because it’s relatively inexpensive, fast food persists as a thriving part of our society. Just as too much … Continue reading Fake News: Ignorance is Not Bliss
Martin Luther King, Jr. once described how he and his brother drove one evening where very few oncoming drivers dimmed their lights. Understandably frustrated, Dr. King’s brother declared that he would leave his lights on full strength the next time a driver failed to dim his lights. Dr. King quickly responded by stating, “Oh no, don’t do that. There’d be too much light on this highway, and it will end up in mutual destruction for all. Somebody got to have some sense on this highway.” If we want to live in a society that carries on meaningful conversations about pressing political issues, we must again heed Dr. King’s timeless wisdom and begin to dim the lights.
Society tells us to voice our opinions, take a stand by lobbying for our beliefs, and "Rock the Vote." But few in society tell us that how we engage in politics plays just as important a role as what we lobby for, especially in a self-governing society. And just as the Spirit of Party impacts … Continue reading Rock the Spirit of Party, not just the Vote.
Sarah Palin has been getting a lot of flack recently. Flack for her TV show. Flack for her daughter being on dancing with the stars. Flack for going against the Republican establishment. Now flack comes with the job of being a public figure involved in politics. And often the pundits and political leaders disking out … Continue reading The Party of Travel Planners…Or Tour Guides?
As I was doing some research for a project the other day, I came across this quote from M. K. Gandhi’s autobiography: “To see the universal and all-pervading Spirit of Truth face to face one must be able to love the meanest of creation as oneself. And a man who aspires after that cannot afford … Continue reading Gandhi, Religion, and U.S. Politics