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Montevideo American-News
  • The duality of black

  • The West Wing is a great show. Every time I think I’ve chosen a favorite character I immediately change my mind. A line by the character Toby (Richard Schiff) comes to mind, and I’m paraphrasing, that he loves America, even with the skeletons in our past and the work we still have left to do today, because of our ...
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  • The West Wing is a great show. Every time I think I’ve chosen a favorite character I immediately change my mind. A line by the character Toby (Richard Schiff) comes to mind, and I’m paraphrasing, that he loves America, even with the skeletons in our past and the work we still have left to do today, because of our ambitions. Even though Thomas Jefferson had slaves, he wrote a document to declare his ambitions for a world without them.
     
    Maybe the new-world utopia has not been actualized yet, but we intend to bring it closer to a place where every man can walk tall. One of the greater gestures from the influential people of the newly independent colonies to its citizens is simply acknowledging that governance is not infallible or beyond reproach, that nothing is. Things may not be the best, but at least here you can point it out without fear. This is the source of American pride. In the words of President Eisenhower, “ Why are we proud? We are proud, first of all, because from the beginning of this Nation, a man can walk upright, no matter who he is, or who she is. He can walk upright and meet his friend – or his enemy; and he does not fear that because that enemy may be in a position of great power that he can be suddenly thrown in jail to rot there without charges and with no recourse to justice. We have the Habeas Corpus act, and we respect it.”
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