Friday’ Hero, Joe Scarborough ~ 6.15.13

FRIDAY’SBack in the day, I thought Joe Scarborough was the anti-Christ.  When he served in Congress as a representative for the State of Florida, his hard-nosed approach turned me off.

As a Congressman, I felt that Scarborough was too stringent in his views and viewed compromise as a four letter word.  A lot has changed since the 1990’s.

Today, I look at Joe Scarborough as a staunch conservative who is willing to listen to both sides of an issue and work towards compromise for the betterment of all Americans.

As a commentator on MSNBC’s,  Morning Joe, he stands up to the left and the right when they are acting like he did during his daily fights with his opposition years ago.  I get a sense that Joe probably enjoyed the fights, but also enjoyed having others take him to task, knowing that the opposition helped him with his own base.

I admire Joe Scarborough for standing up to the irresponsible, for standing up for the disenfranchised and for seeking common sense solutions that help lead our nation through a new century.

Whether it is pointing out the hypocrisy of the NRA, the Twitter-verse hiding behind pseudonyms, a media that doesn’t always do its appropriate research,  the double speak of liberal Democrats,  or the Tea-party branch of the Republicans, Joe Scarborough stands on principle.

During the years, he has evolved in his thinking, which for some in politics today is a sin, for most of us in the real world, it is a sign of  growth.  I am reminded of a quote from Rick Warren that I saw earlier in the week…

Leaders who never contradict or reverse anything they’ve said in the past just show they aren’t growing or learning.

Rev. Rick Warren

For me, Joe Scarborough epitomizes the words of Rev Warren.  For me, Joe Scarborough epitomizes a politic that is needed in our present democracy and for me, his service is second to none in today’s media.

Joe Scarborough has made political conversation interesting and important on his morning show.  He refuses to dumb-down the issues that face us all and brings many of the most important minds to his set each day.  His influence through Morning Joe is swift and profound.  Joe Scarborough makes a difference with a vision that will help move our country forward.

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For being a voice of reason, a voice of growth and a voice of compromise, this week I choose Joe Scarborough as my Friday’s Hero.

Short Notes…. 5 Presidents

No matter what you think of their politics or their place in history, it is very cool to see all the living US Presidents together.  Today, Obama, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Carter all gathered for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Tuesday Ten ~ Susy Diaz

In life you have people step onto your path for a purpose, a time, a moment.  These people make major impacts, sometimes they move in and out of your life ike a revolving door, always there when their time comes to pick you up and help carry you forward.

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This week the Tuesday Ten respondent is one of those people, Susy Diaz.  I have known her for over ten years, I don’t see her often, but when I do I am met with an engulfing hug that makes it seem like only yesterday that we were last together.

These are the types of people who make life better.  Susy Diaz has done that, her character, humor and steadfast conviction to her truth makes me a better man just for knowing her.  This week, I am proud to have Susy Diaz take part in the Tuesday Ten meme….

1)    Excluding family members, who inspires you? – people willing to be of service in their community.

Susy Diaz

2)    What is your guilty pleasure? – Facebook

3)    If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say? – My auntie.  It would say “In gratitude to my tia for inspiring me beyond the words that fill these pages.”

4)    What is your favorite sandwich? – turkey and cheddar

5)    What is the best professional advice you ever received? – Always take the high road and be impeccable with your word.

6)    As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story? –  It was called “La Cucaracha Martina” –it was about a cockroach – I can see where this might seem just a little odd.

7)    Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for? –  Bill Clinton

8)    What is the one career achievement you are most proud of? – I’m proud of every achievement where I know I have given my best.

9)    If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why? – I would rather spend the day with a historical figure.  Fictional characters are great, but their qualities are seen in everyday people around us.  As far as historical, it would be Abe Lincoln. (But I guess if I had to choose fictional it would be Prince Eric from the Little Mermaid – he’s hot)

10) What is the best meal you ever ate? – Chilean Bass at Nobu in Atlantis – to die for!