An Evening of Candor with Diane Rehm
This evening I attended an awesome book signing and heartfelt sharing by Diane Rehm of National Public Radio. The evening was hosted by Quail Ridge Books and the Friends of NCSU’s Library.
She started by telling humorous tails about Maxie, her long haired Chihuahua, and her husband John.
During the question and answer period she talked about a situation in her career where she told the truth and people became really angry with her. She said she was no hero it was the right thing to do.I wish more people could do the right thing, because it is the right thing and not worry who will get angry with them.
Then she got really honest with the audience. Some got up and left at that time, I am not sure if it was a coincidence. She said she had never seen our government in such gridlock. She said that we had become complacent as Americans thinking everything would always be so good. She said that the jobs had left this country because of our love for cheap products. Mrs. Rehm was angriest at was how few Americans vote.
I have to say I echo her dismay at how few Americans vote. I was born in a facist country, Spain, to American parents. I could choose either citizenship at eighteen. I chose America. I have voted in every election national and local since my eighteenth birthday. I do not take this right for granted. To not vote is the same as allowing someone to take my voice.
Diane Rehm implored the audience to vote for ever you think will do the best job for the country. Election day is coming up not only get out and vote but offer to drive a friend or a neighbor to vote.