June 12, 2005

We can do this, people.

21 year old Charity Sunshine is a accomplished soprano who sings with orchestras in Denmark, Hungary, and the United States. She's young, she's lovely, she has her whole life ahead of her except for one problem: she has been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension which is often fatal. There is no known cure for this disease.

When her grandfather told an old friend about his granddaughter's illness, this old friend did what she could to help. The friend, an accomplished musician by her own right, suggested a concert as a way of showcasing young Charity's talents and putting a face to the disease. This friend worked hard to make the concert a success, and took the stage to accompany Charity as she sang.

Charity's grandfather? Californina's congressman Tom Lantos. His good friend of many years? US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

They can overcome politics, and have for years. I'm sure they entertain some pretty spirited debates, but when the day is done, that is put aside. Friends first, adversaries second.

Are you paying attention, people? *taps the glass on the monitor* Wake up and smell the coffee, folks. We have too many common similarities to pitch them all aside for one pet issue or another. I can argue until the cows come home over one social, political, or economic issue and still walk up and hold that person close to tell them good night. I refuse to believe that I am unique in that way.

That isn't to say I won't defend myself, or those for whom I care, if they are slandered or maligned. But that includes those with whom I have differences as well as those with whom I share the most in common.

If Lantos and Rice can do this, what's wrong with the rest of us?

Posted by Mamamontezz at June 12, 2005 05:30 PM

Loved this post! What a fine example for all of us to follow; God, leave it to Condi. I'm slowly making my way around to all in our Cotillion, I enjoyed my visit.

Posted by: Stacy at June 12, 2005 08:44 PM

DAMN, Mama! I just finished a draft of a rant post about this VERY THING--the idiots in the blogosphere (and elsewhere) who can't even speak in a civilized tone because of ONE LITTLE THING. I just shut off my comments on one post because some little effin bastard started to be a total waste of my time, and he's from the right-wing!

Posted by: Beth at June 12, 2005 11:37 PM

Thank you, tough to live up to, but if we all try we'll make a difference. As you know I'm as opinionated as they get. Great post, great idea.

Posted by: Jack at June 13, 2005 08:20 AM

Hell, 90% of my in-laws are stark, raving Moonbats of the Al-Qerry-votin' kind and we still get together and have a good time. ;-)

Posted by: B.C., Imperial Torturerâ„¢ at June 13, 2005 08:21 PM

One of my best freinds is a TEACHER! *gasp*

...and what's worse? She just went to France this week to finish her degree! THE HORROR!

She's a really great person as long as you can keep the no child left behind act at arms length. It's the only thing that makes her see red. It's all she can do to go on a rant about all the new effing paperwork.

I'm nice. We only had that conversation once. She's a sweetheart. So are you..and this story.

Posted by: Jeremy H. Bol at June 14, 2005 12:06 AM
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