Much to my excitement, I heard the words of two people this week who dared to step outside of the zone of comfort and say what most of us wish we could, or just simply don't have the courage to do so.
Rice Confronted By Protester
make sure you link to this stirring video (wait for the annoying commercial to cease and then prepare for your chest to swell with pride)
California Lt. Governor John Garamendi went on what seemed like every news channel available and made no bones about his feelings regarding the California National Guard, the wildfires, and the Iraq War. As Bush prepared to arrive for his latest photo-op at a national disaster, Garamendi repeated these facts on just about every news show:
"the state's National Guard is under-funded, mismanaged, and stretched to the breaking point. Approximately 2,500 of its members were deployed overseas at the time of the fire. Its equipment is generally 30 to 40 years old. And, according to a recent USA Today article, at least 800 Humvees, 700 medium tactical vehicles and 50 heavy lifter trucks were unavailable, primarily because they were being used in Iraq. "
---The Huffington Post, 10/25/07
Don't be afraid to speak up. You don't have to be in Washington, or on MSNBC to let your voice be heard. Wear a t-shirt, place a sticker, speak up when you hear someone say something ridiculous and uninformed. Your voice may give someone else the courage to find their own.
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