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November 12, 2018

Midterm balance gains

If you’re blue, you might not be totally thrilled with the outcome of the midterm election. If you’re red, green, or in between, the same goes. From a bipartisan perspective, our newly-balanced Congress is good news for our struggling democracy.

A balanced Congress means there’s accountability, more checks and balances, and more opportunity for collaboration across the aisle and within parties.

Follow the Leaders

November 12, 2018

As our beloved Appalachian Hippie Poet said at Civic Saturday in Cookeville: “Light the damn torch and follow the light!” There is a light that never goes out and it has been passed on, leader to courageous leader and now to us, to you and to me.

When I am overwhelmed with all I see on the news, on Facebook, on Twitter, when I am not sure what to think or how to feel about any given issue, I am challenged to lean into the Constitution, to know it and test it and grapple with it as we see Dr King doing from the Birmingham Jail, when he writes: “I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law.” He’s pleading the Constitution which at the time was being used against him, to arrest and imprison him, but would also serve to liberate him and all people of color along with him.

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