After Monday's demonstrations, I think it is important to remember something that my grandparents all knew by heart: "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp! Cries she with silent lips. Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door." The poet Emma Lazarus wrote these words that we all associate with the Statue of Liberty.
I think that this is the classic case of people who live in glass houses throwing stones. We are all the descendents of immigrants. Let's all seek to honor our relatives by appreciating the latest batch of people who struggled to come here so that they could create a better life for their families.
Fourth, this debate isn't going to end any time soon.
Given the turbulence of the economy, there will always be people who try to blame our problems on people who aren't in a position to fight back. So get prepared to hear this debate over and over again in the coming years.
"Democrats are a party of no ideas. Republicans are a party of bad ideas." -- Lewis Black
"Leadership and the New Science" by Margaret Wheatley (Berrett Koehler, 1999)
"In the presence of so much information, people often feel temporarily powerless and disheartened. They don't know how to make sense of it, and they are in that terribly uncomfortable state of feeling confused. But as information continues to proliferate and confusion grows, there comes a memorable time (usually during the last quarter of the event) when the grope self-organizes, growing all that information into new, potent visions of the future. Rather than basing agreements on the lowest common denominator, the whole system that is present at the conference has self-organized into a new creation, a unified body that sets new and challenging directions for itself."
Here are the results from a recent Working Wounded Blog/ABCNews.com online ballot:
Which group do you run into the most at work?
Pathological Liars, 8.8 percent
The Whole Truth and Nothing But, 10.2 percent
Self-Deceivers, 32.3 percent
Rounding Errors, 48.5 percent
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