Rev. Jim Nelson: What is it about us that lets such hatred or anger grow in us that we believe it is acceptable to sow such harm and terror, such evil?
Antony Samad: The book is an examination of American Institutions (Race, Religion, Education and Politics) and the cultural shifts taking place in our society (national identity, racism, sport, social stigmatism, sex, redemption, counter-culturalism, popular acceptance and tragedy)
Nark Naison: This is the ethic of loyalty and sacrifice they grew up among, a New York working class tradition passed on from generation to generation among members of the uniformed services .
Unai Montes-Irueste: Let us not fall into the temptation of exploiting tragedy for the sake of punditry. Let us not forget to pray for patience, restraint, and compassion. And let us all have courage enough to not fall into familiar traps.
Linda Milazzo: Using Senator John McCain as his foil to demean Duckworth, Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh smeared Tammy Duckworth’s service and undermined her sacrifice.
Charles Hayes: Today I feel very differently about the Vietnam War than I did in my youth, but my own feelings of guilt during that time give me a unique kind of insight into the psychology of courage and commitment. America has never had a shortage of courageous citizens willing to take up arms and fight to the death for reasons and causes beyond their own understanding. Arlington Cemetery in Virginia serves as proof. But my sense of the decades since the end of World War II is that America has and is experiencing a courage crisis of shameful origin and of tragic consequence.
Adam Eran: Vedantam suggests education, rather than confrontation, is what gets us beyond prejudice. The Obama presidential run ignored the obviously bigotry coming from his opponent’s proxies, and suggested, without recrimination, that we give Obama a chance. That tactic, not Reverend Wright’s understandable anger, was what worked.
Now President Obama tells us that the oil wars have cost us $10 trillion. If we believe the most strident Republican critics, just $1 trillion would pay for a decade of real health reform and care for everyone.