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Ron Garan
I think we live on a pretty cool planet (and by "cool" - I mean awesome)
I think we live on a pretty cool planet (and by "cool" - I mean awesome)

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I agree with this statement from Mike Pence:

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“Alternative Facts” are simply tools used to keep an inaccurate perspective reality intact.

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I participated in the Women’s March yesterday in Tucson AZ.

I did not participate to protest the peaceful transfer of power or to say that President Trump is not my president. Let me be clear, I accept the fact that Donald Trump is the legally elected 45th President of the Unites States. I respect the office and it is my hope and prayer that President Trump can lead this great nation to a better future. I also respect my right as an American to disagree with policy initiatives that are being enacted.

• I participated because I care about all the people in this country, but policies are being put in place that are divisive and will erode our rights

• I participated because a healthy environment is critical to both keeping our people healthy and the long-term health of our economy, but policies are being put in place that threaten our environment

• I participated because I believe that healthcare is a basic human right, but policies are being put in place that will leave many Americans without health insurance

• I participated because slashing services is not the way to reduce the size of the government. Routing out fraud, waste and abuse and the inefficiencies of a bloated government bureaucracy are the way to reduce the size of government, but policies are being put in place to slash services

• I participated because our country faces enormous problems and the only way we will be able to solve them is by including the efforts and contributions of all our people, but policies are being put in place that will limit our nation’s ability to incorporate the contributions of all

• I participated because we do not have a level playing field in this country and policies are being put in place that will stack the deck even further

• I participated because political corruption is eroding the very foundation of our society, but pushing through conflict-of-interest laden cabinet nominees is the opposite of draining the swamp

• I participated because it is my civic duty to stand up for what I believe – This is what democracy looks like

• And I participated because my bad-ass, take no prisoners, wife asked me to

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The power in the truth of Dr. Martin Luther King's message does not decay with the passing of time. #MLKDAY

Here's the rest of the story

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"We humans are capable of greatness" I wish everyone a wonderful 2017 filled with promise and progress!

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Two years ago today I stood on the stage at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. On stage were also Mikhail Gorbachev, Lech Walesa, President of the European Parliament: Martin Schulz, Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales and many others gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Along the entire length of where the wall once stood lighted balloons were erected. Each balloon represented walls that still need to fall. The walls caused by hatred, injustice, poverty and far too many other woes. At the predetermined time, in front of well over a million people gathered at the path where this wall once stood, in solidarity we all simultaneously released the balloons. In that moment, I was filled with optimism for our future and proud of what we humans could accomplish when we tear down the walls that separate us. Today, I choose to think about that day and pray for our future.

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At this moment in history I feel a need to take inventory and separate out what I KNOW from what I believe.

Here are 10 things that I KNOW:

1. I KNOW that the Earth isn’t flat — We don’t live in the two dimensional world depicted on maps. We live in a beautiful, iridescent, interconnected and interdependent biosphere teeming with life.

2. I KNOW that we are stronger together — Our nation’s greatest accomplishments have all come from us banding together and rallying behind a common cause. The biggest problems facing our country and our world will only be solved when we figure out how to set aside our differences and work together.

3. I KNOW that fear is one of the most destructive and divisive forces on our planet — Fear is a natural response to a real threat but beyond its evolutionary importance it can also be counterproductive to long-term peace and security if we allow it to divide us.

4. I KNOW that Labels can be counterproductive to progress — The labels that we put on ourselves and others can box us in, they can erect walls and barriers to cooperation that separate people and groups that hold unique and often critical pieces of the puzzle. Failure to incorporate all the pieces of the puzzle prevents us from solving our biggest and most seemingly intractable problems. This is why I don’t label myself. I am not a Democrat or Republican. If you feel you must label me, the most accurate would be, American Earthling.

5. I KNOW that empathy, understanding, reason and truth are keys to real progress.

6. I KNOW that Climate Change is Real — Human activity is contributing to an increase in planetary temperature with catastrophic implications if not mitigated.

7. I KNOW that in many cases people living in poverty are enterprising, resourceful, creative and hard-working but are being held down primarily by circumstances beyond their control. Changing those circumstances will not only help those impoverished but also, in the long-run, it will help all of us.

8. I KNOW that the political playing field is stacked against us — Corporations, special interest groups and those that can afford to buy political influence have entirely too much power in our nation. Special interests are normally narrow interests and do not take the long-term, overall well-being of our nation or our world into account.

9. I KNOW that the overall well-being of our nation is vastly more important than the increase of political power of any political party.

10. I KNOW that regardless of the outcome of this election, we need to band together as Americans to repair divisions, heal our nation and fix a broken political system.

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Current events over the past few weeks have inspired me to communicate what I believe is one of the best ways to address the ineffectiveness of our present political environment:

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