I listen close to POTUS these days, from the morning into the night. I’m an addict. I have to know what’s really going on and not just what I think may or may not be happening. On the drive into work, I’m catching up on the morning briefing and listening to the punch lines from last night’s TV shows that I never stay up late enough to watch. If I can, at lunchtime, I’ll listen to the press club or today Sec. Clinton argued a pointed question. Then, on the drive home, the public weighs in and argues their side. The station’s slogan is perfect: “The Politics of the United States for the People of the United States.” I love history again, hearing how Hubert Humphrey, who was the first person other than a member of the House or the president to address the House of Representatives in session, made a speech at the 1948 Democratic National Convention Address on July 14, 1948 in Philadelphia:
“My friends, to those who say that we are rushing this issue of civil rights, I say to them we are 172 years late. To those who say that this civil-rights program is an infringement on states’ rights, I say this: The time has arrived in America for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadow of states’ rights and to walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights. People — human beings — this is the issue of the 20th century. People of all kinds — all sorts of people — and these people are looking to America for leadership, and they’re looking to America for precept and example.”

That was 60 years ago…As I searched for the speech, I also found a few quotes from Mr. Humphrey that struck me as well:

“In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.”

“We are in danger of making our cities places where business goes on but where life, in its real sense, is lost.”

“I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known.”

It’s no secret that a number journalists end up as lawyers. At least, that was the trend in graduate school. While I have never aspired to become a lawyer, I recently thought about becoming a judge after attending a reporter’s workshop at the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.  Of course, a judge must first become a lawyer, so there I go back to school. I think there are some people who are lifetime students. I’m one of them.


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