Risk Rap

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Dos Equis Presidentes (Part 1)

Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are a study in contrast. Both are big risk takers. Each motivated by different agendas and each pursuing radically different goals. Today Jimmy Carter.

I’ll never forget the time I saw Jimmy Carter in the flesh. It was a Friday afternoon, late August in NYC and Roselyn and Jimmy were strolling through the heart of the garment district on 7th Ave about 3 blocks south of Times Square. It was past 5:00PM and the sidewalks were absolutely deserted save the 5 or 6 common looking street folk eagerly chatting away with the Carters. Two Secret Service agents trailed the posse looking totally at ease and not in the least concerned about any potential threat to the safety and well being of their protective charges.

The same could be said for the Carters. From across the street I could see the aura of Jimmy’s beaming smile and Roselyn’s affability. As the couple strolled arm in arm the desire of the surrounding people to engage and to be in the couple’s presence and the Carters joy of the moment created a floating cloud of positive karma. Jimmy and Roselyn are the living embodiment of good positive karma.

Jimmy and Roselyn have been busy educating, building, promoting and performing good works to alleviate suffering, promote democracy and witness for peace and justice all over the world. He is an inspiration and a child of God.

We cheer Mr. Carter’s latest of many initiatives to end the conflict between Israel and Palestine. He is a tireless and consistent worker to repair the breach. We join in hopeful expectation and an optimism borne solely by faith that his work will begin a process of reconciliation for a region where recrimination is drowning all parties in a sea of blood.

Mr. Carter’s efforts have been scoffed, condemned and shunned by involved parties. His mission is fraught with much risk to his reputation, his legacy and his well being. But Mr. Carter knows the greater risk lies in the continuation and potentially broadening of the Israel / Palestine conflict. I believe he knows that the personal risk he is assuming is inconsequential to the risk of doing nothing and witnessing the region self immolate in the continued flames of war.

God bless you Mr. Carter. You take personal risk to build peace. By your actions you encourage dialog and reconciliation. You are a repairer of the breach.

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April 23, 2008 - Posted by | Carter, Civil Rights, democrats, Palestine, politics | , , , , , , , , ,

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