From Denny: As the government shutdown has rippled through the global economy for two weeks now, anger is growing exponentially. There really is nothing worse than selfishness and greed taken to the level of excess, rudeness and insensitivity to the plight of your neighbors.
To not take into consideration how the lives of others would be harmed by the political action of closing a huge government like America displays the height of hubris on steroids. There will be repercussions come election day. The American public will not just move on and forget how they and their families got screwed over by national politicians on a joy ride at our expense.
When we witness this remarkable man from Venezuela, Maickel Melamed, who ran in the Chicago Marathon this last Sunday, our focus shifts to best of the human spirit. Melamed is dealing with muscular dystrophy and yet he chose to run this grueling marathon of 16 hours and 46 minutes, just finishing at 1:30 AM on Monday. The record-setting winner, Dennis Kimetto, finished in a mere 2 hours and 3 minutes.
Fortunately, there were about 100 people still present at the Chicago Marathon in the early hours of the morning to witness Melamed's finish. Even the marathon clock had been dismantled and taken down. That was a far from gracious act but then what else would the thuggish city of Chicago deliver? Chicago is a disappointment as an international ambassador for the sport of running.
Melamed is a testimony to the best of us: "If you dream it, make it happen," Melamed, age 38, said after the race, "because your life is the most beautiful thing that could happen to you. So make the best of it." Melamed only started marathon running two years ago.
Maybe we should require all members of Congress and this White House to start running grueling marathons. It's clear they have no real discipline and behave like spoiled children on a daily basis rather than as national leaders Americans and the world can respect.
Just maybe Congress would develop a little bit of real courage and true grit like Venezuelan Maickel Melamed. And just maybe, one day, Congress would finally learn what it is to be truly human. Melamed has set the pace. Let's see if Congress can keep up with him.
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