As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that one of the hallmarks of adulthood is to place blame where it belongs and not place blame where it is easiest to place.
Yesterday, the Dow Jones Industrial dropped to numbers that have not been seen in seven years. Fox News anchor Sean Hannity announced that the reason the numbers fell so low is because of President Obama.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I am tired of the right pointing fingers. Stop blaming Hillary Clinton and stop blaming President Obama. Neither of them are in the White House. I’m not a professional journalist, but even I know that real journalism does not consist of pointing fingers and blaming someone else because they are on the end of the the political aisle.
If this country wants to move forward, we have to stop pointing fingers and find a way to work together. Unfortunately, some people, especially in the media and in the halls of our government find it easier to point fingers, which in the end, helps nobody.
Of the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, 3 million of them were Polish.
Recently, Poland’s President, Andrzej Duda announced that he would sign the new law that makes it illegal to blame the country from the loss of life and destruction caused by Nazi Germany during World War II. It goes without saying that the law acquits the Polish nation of any guilt that they are part of the reasons that 3 million Polish Jews and 1.9 Poles who were not Jewish were murdered.
I am a Jewish woman of Eastern European descent. Poland is in my blood and my bones. My mother’s maternal grandparent’s emigrated from Poland during the early part of the 20th century. They left family behind who were murdered simply because they were Jewish.
It’s an irrefutable fact that Poland suffered under the Nazi invasion. It is also an irrefutable fact that many non-Jewish Poles tried to help their Jewish neighbors, knowing full well that they were putting their lives and the lives of their families on the line. However, there were also many Poles who either silently supported the Nazis by saying nothing or stepped up and did the Nazis dirty work for them.
As an American, I cannot dictate how another country’s leadership chooses to govern. However, this particular law does not feel right and feels like it spits on the graves of millions of innocents who were killed merely for being who they are.
I have two gut reactions to this announcement. Logically, I know that seven years of being on television is pretty good. Many shows don’t make it past the first season, much less seven seasons. It has had a good run. Perhaps in fifteen or twenty years there will be a nostalgia for the show and it will be brought back just as many of popular television shows from the late 1990’s/early 2000’s are successfully being rebooted for today’s audience.
My other reaction is sadness, to be honest. The genius of this program is to take the very basic fairy tale characters/narratives and twist them into characters/narratives that the audience has not seen before. When it premiered in 2011, it was different, exciting and felt new and old at the same time. I’ve been a fan since the pilot and have not missed an episode.
We have until the end of the season to say goodbye. I have a feeling there will be quite a few tears shed before, during and after the series finale.
To ease my tears and yours, I give you the last minute of the end of last season. It never fails to bring a smile to my face.