~ Congress On Your Corner ~
~ Gabrielle Giffords ~
I haven't been able to blog since Saturday. This evening, though, it became clear to me that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was doing what all of us, of every political persuasion, want from our representatives, and I want you to share this thought with me.
Gabby Giffords was making herself available to her constituents. She was listening to their concerns.
Whether, like me, you're a Republican, or you're a Democrat, Libertarian or Independent, you have to admire what this Congresswoman was doing in the Safeway parking lot on Saturday morning. Ask yourself if your Congressman or Congresswoman has ever taken such an initiative. Open the conversation with your local representative.
Think for yourself
Don't listen to pundits who tell you that this shooting is the result of hate-mongering from one side or the other. Gabby Giffords doesn't hate anyone. No one that I've ever talked with in Tucson hates Gabby.
When she ran for her first term, I was invited to a fundraiser at someone's home in the Foothills.
I went and I listened to what she had to say. That's what she was doing last Saturday morning ~ listening to what people had to say. I pray God that she recovers and is able to continue her career in Congress. Join me in that prayer, whether you are a Democrat, an Independent, a Libertarian or a Republican.
Thomas Jefferson, writing to his friend George Wythe from Paris in August of 1786, said "Preach, my dear Sir, a crusade against ignorance. Establish and improve the law for educating the common people."
Today, Jefferson might encourage you to turn off your television, to turn off your radio, to reach out in kindness to someone with whom you disagree and start talking, quietly and respectfully.
Don't wait for them to come to you. Open your heart and mind. Initiate the conversation.
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