The Huffington Post ran an article August 2, The Hope of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, which detailed the inspiring return of Giffords to the Congressional chambers. Reporter Paul Raushenbush closed his article about Representative Giffords appearance “as one of the real sacrifices of democracy,” and I would agree with that thoughtful statement.
However, I would like to think of her appearance as a new beginning, not a sacrifice. She, with the unbelievable acts of heroism on the part of a few, and including the prayers of a nation and unconditional love of those who cared for her, demonstrated that man is more than blood and bones. That there is an indomitable spirit in man and this spirit will rule the day with the grace of God. Gabrielle Giffords appearance in Washington may have been to cast a vote. But her presence was more than a vote. It was about us – the American people – and our ability for preservation no matter what comes our way.
To me, Giffords appearance reminded me of what took place in 1776 with the birth of a new nation and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It wasn’t easy then or for all those unsung heroes who followed – proving that America’s experiment as a democracy is continuing to bless mankind around the world.
Gabrielle, thank you for showing us a couple of things: 1) “That all the armies in the world can not stop an idea whose time has come – Victor Hugo, and 2) that man has the capacity to overcome the assassin’s bullet and to fulfill man’s mission with dignity and honor
Thanks for showing us the indelible spirit of a true American.