This week ended with the passing of an icon, music legend Whitney Houston. At 48 years of age, the amazingly talented Ms. Houston leaves behind a legacy filled with publicly documented personal ups and downs — but history books won’t soon forget the impact she had on the music industry and song stylists everywhere; she touched the hearts of millions of people around the world and her voice will live on forever. I wish for her, and her family, peace.
We began this week talking about privacy, ranging from the changes in Google’s privacy terms to women’s right to privacy in their medical decisions. Although these are discussions in two very different spheres the common ground is that if we take our focus away, something as precious as privacy can be taken away from us. As Google says, “this stuff matters”.
Speaking of how things that matter can be taken away from us, we need not forget that much of the anger felt in the country now has root causes. While not the only cause, if we’re talking about the state of the economy, taking a look at how our politicians have taken us down the road to where we currently are is a must. Blame has come from both sides pointing to the current administration as the sole source of the nation’s woes. Only those who are less than honest,
batshit crazy, not paying attention, or have their own vested interest in failure — including unrealistic liberals — could believe that. The mess that we’re clawing our way out of was created long ago, particularly when the nation was sold piece by piece. It’s up to all of us to clean up the mess — and in order to do that we must correct the false narrative.
It’s a good thing that we have the example of people like Saul Alinsky and the persistence of the Occupy movement. Without those voices that seek to balance the scales and get to a place of equal access and opportunity, we will slip ever more into a nation of haves and have nots. The message that should always be at the forefront is one of fairness – and those who don’t want it, either here or abroad, should get out of the way and let the grown-ups fix the mess.
That is the only way we’ll get to eradicate the borders, real and imagined, that exist between us.