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Truly Light the World

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility–I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.

John F Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961

Their Weight, Our Charity

Michigan continues to be a “hot spot” for the coronavirus, with those afflicted now well over 20,000 and still escalating.  Detroit’s vulnerable population, many of whom are poor and elderly, has been especially hard hit.  Michigan’s governor, Gretchen Whitmer, was early to issue a stay-at-home order and this week she extended it with added stringent conditions.  A few thoughts.

Last week, Governor Whitmer was the toast of the twitterverse–the brave Katniss Everdeen  fighting the evil President Snow, or Trump if you will. Now after her more stringent lockdown order, in the same venue she is “callous” or “authoritarian” or worse.

As  citizens, we have the absolute (almost) right to criticize our leaders. But, in this time of crisis let us speak with a spirit of generosity for our leaders’ travails.

I’m reminded of Jack Nicholson’s line in the movie  A Few Good Men: “I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom.” I guarantee that when the next nursing home has 10 deaths and 20 caretakers test positive, or as the grim reaper continues to take a toll of elderly black men and women in Detroit, that Governor Whitmer will feel the weight more than you or I. Let us as citizens feel free to voice our opinions, but let’s also  have some charity and humility.