Posted: May 24, 2021 in: Pain-2-Power, Person of the Week


We have arrived at a time in America when stating the obvious can take tremendous courage.  You probably remember the story of The Emperor Has No Clothes in which only a little child is willing to be truthful and stark and say of the Emperor’s supposedly wonderful attire, “But he hasn’t got anything on.”

Well, only Tulsi Gabbard, the former Congresswoman from Hawaii who ran in the 2020 Presidential election has been willing to say the obvious about Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s repulsive, hateful remark that she is now only willing to be interviewed by black or brown journalists.  Gabbard, who is Hindu and grew up in a multicultural househol said, “Mayor Lightfoot’s blatant anti-white racism is abhorrent,” she wrote. “I call upon President Biden, Kamala Harris, and other leaders of our county—of all races—to join me in calling for Mayor Lightfoot’s resignation. Our leaders must condemn all racism, including anti-white.”

Congresswoman Gabbard is correct—of course.  No politician who refuses an audience with journalists of one race and welcomes an audience with journalists of other races can possibly continue to serve as the mayor of a great American city.  Every day, every hour, every minute she continues to do so is an affront to the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and—to put it quite simply—respect for one’s fellow man.  Lori Lightfoot’s tenure as mayor of Chicago is an affront the principles upon which this nation was founded and an affront to basic human values.  She represents the very worst of divisiveness.

So why would it be that only Congresswoman Gabbard would be so public and direct in her call for Mayor Lightfoot to step down?  Because very few people these days are willing to hazard taking on those who hate others, so long as those others are white.  That’s where we are.  That’s the painful cowardice and hypocrisy that grips us.

Like every painful period in a person’s life or in the life of a nation, however, the pain itself always creates an opening for power.  In this case, that power—to take a risk, to speak one’s mind, to defend fairness and to inspire others to do so—has been exercised by Tulsi Gabbard.

With Memorial Day almost upon us, I should note that Congresswoman Gabbard is a United States Army Reserve officer.  In 2003, she enlisted in the Hawaii Army National Guard.  In 2004, she was deployed to Iraq, serving as a specialist with the Medical Company, 29th Support Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.   In March 2007, she graduated from the Alabama Military Academy’s Accelerated Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant.  She was deployed to Kuwait from 2008 to 2009 as an Army Military Police officer.  She is a recipient of the Combat Medical Badge and the Meritorious Service Medal and, during 2015, was promoted from the rank of major to that of captain.

With all that service, Congresswoman Gabbard’s most recent willingness to defend liberty is her willingness to challenge the hate speech of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and call for her to resign.  And for that, not to mention her long history of service, she is this week’s Pain-2-Power Person of the Week.

Dr. Keith Ablow

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