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Showing posts from October 18, 2013

Judging Politicians

Three seemingly unrelated events converged this past week that have gotten me to thinking about politics and judgmental attitudes.   The first event was yesterday's memorial service for Jessie Thackrey , a pillar not only of the faith community of The Falls Church, but a courageous leader and pillar of the community of the City of Falls Church. As many recounted at Jessie's 100th birthday celebrations earlier this year and again yesterday, Jessie had a way of standing her ground and advocating for what she believed in, without alienating or offending or minimizing others. The second event was yesterday's re-opening of the United States government after a 16-day shutdown . Federal offices, public parks, research projects, and community programs resumed their work after more than two weeks of stoppage, a stoppage that has had immediate negative consequences on the morale of public servants and as-yet-to-be-fully-understood negative consequences to a still-fragile