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.