Yes, I know. It’s been a week. Sorry, I’ve been busy with a little thing called the week from hell spring break and a chance to lose my self esteem develop my legal writing skills. I’ll be back with my insights on God, stress, and too much work in a bit.
But this historic moment was too much to miss. Unless you’re living under a rock (or in Nunavut), you know that on Sunday March 21, 2010 at approximately 10:45 pm ET the United State House of Representatives passed the Health Care Reform bill. This bill has been on the minds of several presidents, and President Barack Obama, husband of the wonderful Michelle Obama, pushed tirelessly to get it accomplished. Credit also needs to be given to Nancy Pelosi, first female Speaker who worked her behind and connections off to get this passed. It was fabulous. I personally believe it is the most historic and important bill since the Civil Rights Act (which also did not receive ONE Republican vote. #noshots #justsaying).
But what has been concerning to me is the backlash both the President, Pelosi, Democrats, and Republicans are taking over this. I have some ideas fermenting in my mind about God, respecting leaders regardless of their ideologies, and the role of race in all this. But in the meantime, I would like to remind you, my dear chocolatiers, that what makes a democratic society great is the freedom its people have to express their views, be they majority, minority, or just plain quirky. When the opposition’s voice is stifled, the system becomes stagant, and anything stagnant is dead. Any living organism must change. And change comes only when all people are heeded, and indeed, respected.
For an interesting, and humourous, perspective on all of this and a Tea PartyProtest, go to averagebro.com.