On Friday night in synagogue, I approached a left-of-center friend of mine, like me, wearing a green shirt. I asked if she were wearing that color “for the right reason.” Indeed, she was, replying that this was one issue, like Darfur, where conservatives and liberals were in agreement.
While I would dare say there are few more such issues, I was delighted that she and I agreed on this one. She is a good person who actually listens to me when I explain my positions on various social and political issues. I can only hope that I have shown as much respect for her views as she has for mine.
Now that I have decided to wear green to express my support for the people rallying for freedom in Iran, I start noticing other people wearing the same color and am wondering if they are similarly showing support or just wearing a hue that suits their fancy that day.
Interesting how we notice certain things at certain times in our lives. I’m not much of car person, can’t tell you the make of most of my friends’ cars, but find myself noticing what people drive when I’m in the process of buying a car (which has only happened twice in my adult life, my previous car lasting 8 years, my current nearly 12 and going strong).
All that said, my conversation Friday night reminded me yet again that there are many liberals with integrity (so much so that I thought of creating a new category to honor such individuals). Just like those gay activists daring to criticize a Democratic President, so too are many on the left speaking up for resistance to tyranny, even if the tyrannical regime in question is not pro-American.
I’m proud to join such individuals in wearing green.
We have reached the tipping point in the public waking up about the dangers (at home & abroad) of the Obama Administration.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 32% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-four percent (34%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -2. That’s the President’s lowest rating to date and the first time the Presidential Approval Index has fallen below zero for Obama.
Uh oh…. the minority of wingnuts can’t keep their incompetent President afloat any longer.
I wonder if his chilly reception to democracy and free elections in Iran has been the last straw for Americans who support liberty and freedom around the world?
UPDATE: And so much for the “demise” of the Republican Party. The GOP & Dems are TIED for the second straight week in Congressional preference. These are the same levels seen right before the 1994 GOP tsunami, by the way. Sorry, Buckeye.
What a big contrast of photos this weekend…. heroes and cowards
While the Iranian people are yearning for freedom from a dictator and putting their lives on the line — President Obama chooses not to golf this weekend, but rather to go get some ice cream.
I am confident that Presidents Reagan, Bush (both) and Clinton would be forcefully encouraging pro-democracy efforts in Iran — as their policies have dictated throughout those years. While we are on the verge of a huge victory for freedom in the Post 9/11 world, our President fiddles.
The best President Obama can do is send chilly signals to the Iranian people while the ice cream slides down his throat. Pathetic and disappointing.
[RELATED: Obama Dithers While Iran Burns - The Weekly Standard]
Obama supporters defended his silence. Anything he said to endorse the protests, they argued, would taint the protesters’ message and damage their cause.
The protesters, many of whom held signs written in English, seemed to disagree. “On several occasions, I’ve had supporters of Mousavi say we need President Obama,” reported CNN’s Reza Sayah, from Tehran. When Wolf Blitzer asked Sayah directly whether the protesters want Obama to speak out in support of their cause, Sayah responded: “I think they do, but they’re realistic.”