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November 25, 2009

A Plus, A Minus, and Thanks

Derek Shackelford

Former Vice-Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin is currently on a cross county tour promoting her book, “Going Rogue.” She has recently made the rounds on many of the most popular television shows, The Oprah Winfrey Show, an interview with Barbara Walter, The Sean Hannity Show, and many of the morning news programs.


When one mentions former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, many different opinions are spoken. Many Republicans find her refreshing and straight forward due to her approach in dealing with the media.


To some she conveys an everyday approach to much of the so-called elitist perspective that is pervasive in our political culture. While on one side of the aisle she is applauded and intriguing, the other side of the aisle finds her attempting to capitalize on her popularity for personal gain.


Many Democrats believe that she comes off as one who is uniformed and speaks in much of the traditional sound bites. It is no secret of her desire to be a player on the national stage when it comes to politics. It is not by accident that when the book tour started, it made its first stop in Iowa, the first caucus state in the next presidential election cycle.


It can certainly be noted that this is not just a book tour but a dry run on feedback for a future presidential bid. Mrs. Palin has come across as one who is not informed and to some degree not very articulate in expressing her views with clarity.


Don’t let this fool you. Sarah Palin is by all means capitalizing on her 15 minutes of fame, while at the same moments lining her pockets very well. To this dimension she has learned the game very well. Take advantage of everything while you are the flavor of the month. Sooner or later, after the show is over, she must decide if she wants to be more substance than style.


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This past week I had the opportunity to witness the unveiling of the Dred Scott plaque at City Hall in Frederick. The language, location and even whether or not this was relevant in terms of history took many years to decide. Even today some have questioned its relevance.


The argument that is often bandied about is that much of this happened years ago. I can agree with that; it did happened years ago. However, no matter how long it takes, it is an opportunity to enlighten, educate and inform the masses of people who may view history from a slanted perspective. It is never too late to correct or recognize the remarkable sacrifices that many have made in this nation’s history. We will all be better for it when we are enlightened by the truth.


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Which leads me to this Thanksgiving Holiday. How many of us are aware of the true meaning, and why it occurred, and what it represents? I challenge everyone to get a greater understanding of Thanksgiving.


In doing so, remember to be grateful for the life that you are able to experience while at the same time compassionate enough to understand others are suffering – not just here in America, but across the globe.


One day we will realize that the world simply does not revolve around us, but discovering that we are all in this together. It is truly unfortunate that many have lost their lives due to senseless violence.


We should also keep in mind those who have sacrificed their lives for the cause and sake of freedom. This quote is one we all could learn from: “We must live together like brothers, or perish together as fools.” – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Which path will you choose?


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