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"Was this the worst week ever in USA history?”

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John Eyster
Sunday, April 21, 2013

“Was this the worst week ever in USA history?”

As I awoke this morning – the first day of the new week – I thought again of my favorite quote, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” I’ve advocated that quote with my students through the years and had it as my own motto. I believe it is TRUE!

I know that I need this FIRST DAY today! I note that for Christians, the FIRST DAY is the day of resurrection. Every SUNDAY is an anniversary of the resurrection of the Christ. What more dramatic example of the fact that today is the FIRST day?!

Last week was a very intense week with the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day last Monday, 4/15 and the intense follow-up. Fortunately we start the new week with one of the accused dead and the other accused under arrest in the hospital. The huge police dragnet in Boston last week was VERY intense.

And then the fertilizer plant exploded in West, TX last Wednesday, 4/21 killing 15 or more persons, many first responders. Over 200 persons injured. The whole area of the factory was leveled as if it were bombed, according to numerous reports.

I was interested to see the OPEN QUESTION on Yahoo’s Answers feature, “Was this the worst week ever in USA history?”

What do YOU think? You can use the link above if you want to post a response to the OPEN QUESTION on YAHOO’s feature. I really hope YOU put your comment here on my WE THE PEOPLE blog.

Here are a few responses on Yahoo’s website:

“Apparently you do not remember the riots and fires in several cities across the USA during the 60s, or the riots and looting after the Rodney King verdict, or the natural disasters from hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and fires.”

“Hmm and then there was the Civil War where in the Battle of Shiloh alone fellow Americans killed or wounded some 23,746 of each other.”

“Not even close. On 9/11 3000+ people died.”

What is YOUR comment on the OPEN QUESTION “Was this the worst week ever in USA history?” I am much interested in your comments.

Associated Press released a summary which was published by numerous newspapers, including the New York Times “For Obama, a Testing, Trying and Emotional Week.”

The article asserts that last week was one of his most wrenching weeks with “the fresh specter of terrorism and the first crushing political defeat of his new term, and the more emotional side of a leader often criticized for appearing clinical or detached.”

The Associated Press asserts, “There was the challenge to reassure a nervous nation about threats at home and to keep the rest of his legislative goals on track after the Senate rejected gun control measures that had become his top priority.”

They cite President Obama’s statement shortly after authorities captured the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, "This was a tough week.”

The article continues to review other events of the week which, as it says, “…would have captivated the country and consumed the White House during almost any other week.” And then they identify others, including: the explosion leveled a Texas fertilizer plant, killing at least 14 people and the letters addressed to Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., were found to contain traces of poisonous ricin in tests.

I listened to the whole “Healing Our City” service held in Boston last Thursday (4/18) with great appreciation and inspiration. I agree with the Associated Press’ evaluation, “Obama balanced sorrow with resolve as he sought to console the grieving city. He said Boston would ‘run again’ and pledged to bring the ‘small, stunted individuals’ responsible for the bombings to justice.”

If you want to watch the video of the President’s message at that service, you can use this link to YouTube, “President Obama Speaks at an Interfaith Prayer Service in Boston.”

The article reports that day before the Boston Service, Wednesday (4/17”, “…the President stood stone-faced in the White House Rose Garden after the Senate struck down the gun control measures he pressed for following the December massacre of school children in Newtown, Conn.

“Flanked by the families of the Newtown victims, Obama let his anger show. He accused senators, including some fellow Democrats, of giving into their fear of the National Rifle Association and called the vote a ‘shameful day for Washington.’”

What’s ahead for the President and WE THE PEOPLE of the US?

Today is the FIRST day of the rest of our lives… today is the first day of the new week…

Here we go… Mr. E.

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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