-Christopher Reeve, Actor
The Courage Award goes to the American service men and women who go in harms way in service to their nation. They unselfishly stand on the frontiers of our Democracy to defend our freedoms and allow us to sleep safely in our beds. They deserve the Courage Award for their sacrifices and commitment to America. They are each ordinary Americans who do the extraordinary.
Man of The Year
Bill Moyers an ordained minister and former presidential aid to Lyndon B. Johnson, is our Man of The Year for his commitment to the the truth and journalistic excellence. Moyers has spent his life examining issues that effect America and the world. He has been critical of the make believe media that has arisen in America that twists the truth for it's own agenda. He has stated that the press must be free to question and probe the issues and ferret out the true facts. One of his concerns has been the closure of news papers and the weakening of the fifth estate. Essential to a Democracy is a robust free press. He has been criticized and attacked for his honesty and unfailing dedication to what journalism is and should be and he has been critical of both the left and the Right. He is a voice that America needs and voice that speaks with a deliberate clarity to the issues.
Woman of The Year
Dr. Aung San Suu Kyi is our woman of the year. Dr. Aung San Suu Kyi holds a PhD from the University of London and received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991, was elected prime Minister of Burma in 1990 but was subsequently detained by the military authorities before taking office and has remained under house arrest for more than fourteen years out of the last twenty. She continues to suffer at the hands of the military junta that rules the country without a mandate from the people. Aung San Suu Kyi remains a symbol to her people of resistance and courage in the face of a totalitarian dictatorship with their tanks and guns.
Book of the year
Max Blumenthal's Republican Gomorrah, Inside the Movement That Shattered The Party. Blumenthal's book is an inside look at the evangelical movement that has take over the Republican Party. The movement that forced John McCain to accept evangelical Sarah Palin as his running mate and pretty much sabotaged his campaign. Blumenthal examines the beginning of the evangelical Right movement, its growth and its take over of the Republican Party. He names those Republican politicians that have sucked up to James Dobson, John Hagee etc, and bought into the evangelical agenda of intolerance and hate and made it their cause-celeb in congress. For anyone trying to make sense of where the Republican Party, the party of Lincoln, has gone this is the book to read.
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