Real Americans rise up for cause

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us.

But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we marvel at the deeds of courage, compassion and sacrifice among those aiding the Lone Star State’s flood victims.

Where among the men and women volunteering at disaster shelters are the Ku Klux Klan members?

How many of those using their own boats to rescue those of all races, creeds and geographic backgrounds are clad in the black “Antifa” uniform?

And where is the self-proclaimed courage of the neo-Nazis when there is risk involved in rescuing flood victims?

Men, women and juveniles by the thousands — driven not by unbalanced ideology or a desire for confrontation but solely by concern for fellow human beings — are in the spotlight in Houston. They are doing wonderful, often amazing things.

Quietly going about their lives most of the time, but rising to the occasion when someone needs help, they can be described in two words: real Americans.

Meanwhile, those who would divide us are nowhere to be found. That should surprise no one.

By Patricia Older

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