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    ...all for the appreciation, although I have to admit it feels a bit uncomfortable to be praised personally for the work thousands of court appointed attorneys are doing and also because, most of the time, I realize I am lucky to have to chance to work at job where I am actively protecting the constitution and helping people. My dad, who has worked in a factory every day of his adult life, never got the opportunities I did, so mostly, I feel like I am just lucky to be doing what I am doing.

    I think I felt driven to comment because this last week in Boston, for me, has shown me specific examples of our country and the people in it at their best. I have been pretty discouraged about a lot of things in America for the last few years. But that quote from Fred Rogers about how to talk to children about disasters where he said his mother always told him to look for the helpers, combined with the examples of all the specific examples of people being such helpers and doing really wonderful things this week, has really uplifted my spirits about this country. I mean people like Carlos Arredondo, who lost his son who was killed in Iraq, and who jumped over the barricades and probably saved the life of that injured young man from the iconic picture from the bombing; the Boston police officers who took Tsarnaev in alive; the Boston people clapping for their officers and firefighters and paramedics; the marathoners who ran to the hospitals to donate blood; the firm decision by the White House that Tsarnaev would be tried in the regular criminal justice system and not as an enemy combatant; and, the public defenders who started calling for Tsarnaev to be appointed counsel right away and who stepped in yesterday.

    All these instances and more reminded me this last week that Americans can, at times, do incredibly inspiring things. That’s why I wanted to comment about public defenders – because, to me, they are another point of light in the darkness that was last week.

    The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. --John F. Kennedy

    by CenPhx on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 08:21:54 AM PDT

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