a government run a little amok, or at least run a little arrogant. The last is a story about courage.
The Benghazi investigations will go on and may never reach an agreed-upon conclusion. Did they rush to a judgment or intentionally mislead us? Did the IRS, target tea party groups with malice aforethought or with any wink or nod from the White House (I doubt it)? And, did the Justice Department overstep its authority by seizing telephone records from the Associated Press? Put this in another time (let’s say, during the Nixon Administration), and you’d have paranoia among the populace (and with good reason).
Those first three stories likely will command headlines for a while. So, let’s focus
on the one that won’t, but should. Angelina Jolie showed tremendous courage not only in deciding to have a double mastectomy to lower her risk of cancer, but in choosing to announce it via an op-ed in the world’s most famous newspaper. This woman, who makes a living partly off her looks, chose to have a double mastectomy and broadcast that fact to the world. Did I say courage?
Brad Pitt deserves a shout out also for apparently being so supportive of his partner through a most difficult decision and emotional time.
As actor David Krumholtz tweeted after hearing about Ms. Jolie’s announcement, "Now, Angelina Jolie truly is the most beautiful woman in the world."
Mr. Pitt and Ms. Jolie have demonstrated their generosity and commitment many times: through the adoption of children from foreign lands to having their own children to their global humanitarian work.
Here is a woman who has won Golden Globe awards, an Academy Award, Screen Actor Guild awards and more.
She will, however, be remembered not for her obvious acting talents and her beauty, but for her humanitarian efforts and her commitment to other woman in showing them they have choices. Not as many choices as women with wealth, as she said, but choices.
As she said in the final two sentences of her op-ed:
“Life comes with many challenges. The ones that should not scare us are the ones we take on and take control of.”