The Global Citizen
This is taken from the website of our terrific Connecting Global to Local program, which works with local communities across the country to connect global issues to local concerns. Please be sure to check it out!!
Back in 2000, Columbia Records released "God," "Love," and "Murder," three collections of Johnny Cash's recordings built around three not-so-simple words. If I had been managing that project, I would have added a fourth disc: "Justice." From "Folsom Prison Blues" to "Hurt," the "Man in Black" used his talents to give voice to the voiceless and shine the spotlight on those otherwise forgotten by society.
Few musicians can match Cash's track record, either as an artist or as a social conscience. But he was not alone in using his gifts to document injustice and demand change. In fact, the history of popular protest in this country -- and increasingly around the world ? can be traced through the evolution of popular music.
This has been particularly true over the past century. From Robert Johnson to Bob Dylan, from the Clash to Public Enemy, musicians have encouraged us to stand up for what is right and protest what was wrong. They have helped end injustice and tear down walls of tyranny. That tradition continues today, with U2, Green Day, the Dixie Chicks, and other artists speaking truth to power.
Ron Paul and I have very few things in common besides our last name. We agree on very little, and we defend those few policy positions we happen to share on very different ideological and philosophical grounds.
My namesake and I agree on one thing, though: Ron Paul has every right to participate in the Republican primary debates.
While perusing the Partnership for a Secure America's Across the Aisle blog, I came across guest blogger Michael Kraig's attention-grabbing post "Respecting Global Citizens: the Case of Haleh Esfandiari." I applaud Mr. Kraig's willingness to discuss the plight of Ms.
The backlash against the comments supporting torture made by most of the Republican candidates at the Tuesday Presidential debate continues. In a powerful OP-ED in the Washington Post today Charles C. Krulak a former commandant of the Marine Corps and Joseph P. Hoar a former commander in chief of U.S. Central Command respond to the debate claims and note that torture is both a betrayal of U.S. values and breeds more enemies. They note that:
Dear Senator Thompson,
I just saw your hilarious response video to Michael Moore -- congratulations on such a clever comeback! I gotta tell you it really cracked me up.
Boy, you really told him! And I love how you slammed Castro. I know of too many people who suffered terribly at his hands -- people like Reinaldo Arenas, who was persecuted because he was gay. Thank god I live in a country where that kind of thing can't happen.
A little more than seven years ago, Sen. John McCain denounced Rev. Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson for what McCain called:
"The evil influence that they exercise over the Republican Party."
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