Back 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.
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.