Where America was on January 11

KATIE PICKRELL//KELSEY PHARIS

On Jan. 11, American televisions filled up with video of the Golden Globes. No doubt, everyone knows about George Clooney, the Grand Budapest Hotel and who was best dressed.

What not everyone knows, or at least knows little of, is the biggest demonstration in French history that leaders from across the globe joined in along with 3.7 million other people. The only American leader present was the U.S. Ambassador of France, Jane Hartley.

Our nation’s president has taken the majority of the reprehension for the absence alongside some of our biggest allies. But it has to be understood that the leadership of our country doesn’t remain in the hands of one person.

0Governors Chris Christie and Scott Walker along with congressional representative Paul Ryan all made an appearance at the Green Bay-Dallas playoff game. Unfortunately, it seems that the state of the National Football League weighs importance over our international relations.

The fact the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas stood along the front line with only a handful of people between them speaks volumes of the universal importance the rally had.

Yet still, the Secretary of State, the Vice President, Secretary of Defense, all 535 members of congress and all 100 seats of Senate were absent.

Football, pop-culture and social media all seem to grab the eye of the American public while solidarity against terrorism seems to blend to the background. Our leadership, and the entirety of our culture, ultimately disappointed the idea of common morality.

Without justifiable reason, America missed an opportunity to show support for free press, freedom of religion and the fight against terrorism.

 

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