Quote(s) of the Week - 11/12/18

"Honor to the Soldier, and Sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor also to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field, and serves, as he best can, the same cause -- honor to him, only less than to him, who braves, for the common good, the storms of heaven and the storms of battle."

President Abraham Lincoln, December 2, 1863 in a letter to George Opdyke (an entrepreneur, anti-slavery advocate and 76th Mayor of New York City) and others

"As we mark the centennial of the Armistice, we remember the countless sacrifices that our country’s heroic veterans have made throughout our history to preserve our liberty and prosperity.  Our veterans embody the values and ideals of America and the timeless virtue of serving a greater cause."             

President Donald Trump, November 9, 2018 – in a proclamation released by The White House as the President travels to Europe to honor the fallen on Armistice Day

"Veterans Day often follows a hard-fought political campaign -- an exercise in the free speech and self-government that you fought for.  It often lays bare disagreements across our nation.  But the American instinct has never been to find isolation in opposite corners.  It is to find strength in our common creed, to forge unity from our great diversity, to sustain that strength and unity even when it is hard.  And when the election is over, as we search for ways to come together -- to reconnect with one another and with the principles that are more enduring than transitory politics -- some of our best examples are the men and women we salute on Veterans Day."

President Barack Obama, on November 11, 2016 – in prescient remarks on the importance of remembering who and why we are as a nation.

Quote(s) Of The Week - 11/5/18

"If we had the votes to completely start over, we'd do it.  We're not satisfied with the way Obamacare is working."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in comments this past week on his continuing interest in giving ACA repeal another go…

"If you're in a tight election with a record of promoting something unpopular, you can admit it and say it's the right thing to do, you can confess error and say you'll never do it again, or you can lie.  Republicans are taking the third option."

Norman Ornstein, a congressional scholar at the American Enterprise Institute – a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC

Quote(s) Of The Week - 10/11/18

“Democracy happens, with or without you.”

Michelle Obama, First Lady of the Obama Administration – in her call to constituents that they need to vote to make a difference

"I think people should interpret the fact that I and others have made such a dramatic shift from our prior position with respect to these products as representing the fact that we have seen information that is deeply disturbing and startling in terms of the rapid rise of youth use over a short period of time."

Scott Gottleib, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner in his awakening on the potential hazards of vaping when the FDA raided Juul, a $15 billion e-cigarette company to gain access to its data…

Quote(s) of the Week - 9/14/18

“Personally, I feel to ignore the intersection between health care and social media is to potentially ignore our own relevance as a health care practitioner during the next decade.”

 Howard Luks, MD – Orthopedic Surgeon, Digital Medicine Specialist

“…It's on all of us to vote this fall if we want leaders who reflect the civility, character, dignity, and goodness of the American people. The stakes couldn't be higher, but Americans always rise to the occasion.”

Joe Biden, Former Vice President, United States of America – in reference to the upcoming US mid-term elections

Quote(s) Of The Week - 8/17/18

“Pope Francis often says, ‘This economy kills.’[1] The divide between the wealthy and the poor in the United States continues to grow. A handful of billionaires are literally ‘making a killing,’ while millions who live below the poverty line are ‘making a dying,’ and very few make a fair living. Just one tangible example: without access to affordable health care, roughly ‘40 percent of Americans [take] on debt because of medical issues.’[2] 

 Father Richard Rohr, leader of the Center for Action and Contemplation in his daily reflection.  This past week, Father Rohr has been focused on the growing disparity between the “haves” and “have nots” in the USA and how this is contributing to the abyss in our dialogue as a nation.

“The Queen is dead – long live the Queen.”

‘Everyone’ from headlines to bylines to comments on the elevator, on August 16th with the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.


[1] Pope Francis outlines key economic struggles in Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), his first Apostolic Exhortation (November 24, 2013), http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html, 53-60.

[2] The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America 50 Years After the Poor People’s Campaign Challenged Racism, Poverty, the War Economy/Militarism and Our National Morality, https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/audit/, 10.

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