We drove north for fourteen hours and the convoys never ended - there were thousands of trucks. Men and women of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities and political perspectives sacrificing their personal safety and comfort in common cause to rebuild what Hurricane Irma was destroying. It made me cry. These Hurricane Heroes are authentic American heroes - men and women driving into a lethal hurricane to rebuild shattered lives. Real heroes are builders.
It was inspirational to witness their dedication and commitment and I am overwhelmed with gratitude and admiration for how these Hurricane Heroes choose to live their lives. Natural disasters have a remarkable unifying capacity. When the water recedes and the debris clears America has a choice. We can choose to be builders like the Hurricane Heroes or we can choose to be destroyers.
Fake heroes are like fake news - neither can compete in the real world of facts. When the boundaries between fact and fiction are blurred we end up with the Hollywood glitterati, like the statue smashers, actually taking themselves seriously as heroes. They have the audacity to lecture real people about gun control and illegal immigrants when they live in walled fortresses protected by armed guards.