My life began as we emerged from horrible decades of genocide, world wars, and depression. The lessons we learned at unimaginable cost gave rise to an era of stability, growth, and prosperity accompanied by unprecedented international cooperation.
Today we stand at the edge of a precipice. A very dangerous time in history.
Never have the threats to our well being loomed this large.
We have now turned a corner. Institutions devoted to peace, stability, and building a global community that took generations to build are threatened with disruption. We are turning our backs on outreach to retreat behind national borders.
At a time when we need to come together with unshakable resolve to make sacrifices and seek compromise to tame global warming, the most powerful nation on the planet has chosen a leader who declares that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by China to undermine the US economy. He plans to appoint a well-known global warming skeptic as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency. From there it just gets worse.
The might of the white right has come of age and it will take the reins of power in January. There will be no subtlety about the path we are now on. Welcome to a world where you only eat what you kill. The age of speaking softly and carrying a big stick is dead and gone. Come January, the mantra emanating from the White House will be to bellow loudly and swing a spiked club.