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In Honor of Heroes January 6, 2010

Posted by Beth in Miscellaneous Musings, Politics.
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I have been thinking about what I want to write in recognition of the changing of the year…so many things run through my mind.

What I accomplished.

What I didn’t accomplish but still want to.

Statements of gratitude and love to my family.

A political or personal summary or recap.

Yesterday’s news of an attack on one of the Danish cartoonists who 4 years ago caused such controversy helped me decide. I want to recognize and honor a set of people who have stood up for what they believe in–even when it meant risking public attack on their reputation and careers—and sometimes on their lives.  As I blog away in relative anonymity, I stand in awe of those who have had their integrity tested so severely, and who have faced the test with such  honor and courage.

Here are some of those heroes. Each image is linked to a piece of their story, providing just a sampling of why they are heroes.

Kurt Westergaard

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Wafa Sultan

Steve McIntyre

Richard Lindzen

Julian Simon

I am sure there are many others, but these are the ones who come immediately to my mind.

What about you? Who do you think deserves our admiration, recognition and gratitude?


1. Anonymous - January 7, 2010

John Stossel

2. Anonymous - January 7, 2010

John Mackey

3. Beth - January 9, 2010

I also thought of John Mackey. And thanks for the reminder of Stossel! Both these guys have paid a price for speaking out.

Another group that’s important to mention are the Iranian dissidents. It’s really pretty amazing when you think about it, the number of people who still live in places where speaking your mind can cost you your life–and yet they still speak out.

4. mouser98 - January 9, 2010

Ron Paul, he could probably be a pretty powerful politician if he gave up his integrity.

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