Truth to Power

Joan Baez meets the beast

Joan Baez diffuses right wing protest at Idaho concert

What would you do if you found yourself standing face to face with people bearing signs accusing you by name of killing babies and encouraging the shooting of American soldiers? Might you lose your cool? Might you get involved in an exchange that would ultimately lead to anger or descend into the shouting matches we’ve been seeing at so many Town Halls lately?

Not if you’re Joan Baez, who, in the 50th year of her career, continues to live according to unshakable ideals of non-violence and compassion in ways that should inspire us all.</em>

Go Joan. Few have both the patience as well as the strength of character required to deal with those who shout nonsense and lies in our faces, much less disarm them totally.

And as an aside, quit fighting Vietnam. It’s over, you lost, move on.

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