Thursday, September 15, 2005

Bono Is Shining SLOC Example

There's a magazine piece on Bono on the New York Times site. SLOC is a big fan of the music and the man.

An interesting story in the article is when Bono meets Jesse Helms.

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In mid-2000, Bono received an audience with Senator Jesse Helms, viewed by Bono's fellow lefties, including members of the band, as the archfiend himself. Bono quickly realized that his usual spiel about debt service and so on wasn't making a dent. So, he recalls: "I started talking about Scripture. I talked about AIDS as the leprosy of our age." Married women and children were dying of AIDS, he told the senator, and governments burdened by debt couldn't do a thing about it. Helms listened, and his eyes began to well up. Finally the flinty old Southerner rose to his feet, grabbed for his cane and said, "I want to give you a blessing." He embraced the singer, saying, "I want to do anything I can to help you." Kasich, who was watching from a couch, says, "I thought somebody had spiked my coffee."
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Loads of my musical friends have bagged on the guy for being a knock-off or a bloated rock star, but SLOC maintains that if ANYONE from my generation should be in the rock-n-roll hall of fame, Bono has to top the list. No one has taken the role of rock start artist and activist further. No one has used the fame to greater effect.

Bono is also worth mentioning in this blog because of his mastery of bridging the gap, crossing the divides, and bringing people together. He may well be the ideal of SLOC.

Folks, slightly left of center isn't a wishy washy place to be, it's where the real action is. Radical idealism is certainly necessary, and I can certainly respect a staunch view. But, at the end of the day, when reconciling the yin and the yang, SLOC is a place where there is enough optimism and faith in human nature to envision a better day ahead.

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