As BurkaChick, a rabid radical, I am relieved to know the late night lib-fest has succeeded with the ousting of the highly rated host Jay Leno. Now with the healthcare website-worshipping of Jimmy Fallon and the FCC threatening to ratchet the right-wing rhetoric, we are well on our way to our Saul Alinsky blitzkrieg of progressive public airwaves. And if there are any militants for morality left, we still have the IRS and DOJ to use as our freedom flyswats. We can now look forward to the low information gyrations of Miley Cyrus and Beyonce to inspire our millennials and then turn quickly to our sexist song and dance rants to hype Hillary for 2016. Our progressive puff adder ethics and our monkey wrenched morals seemed to have “carpe diem” as we defiantly assign our liberal agenda to the Pope, while remaining silent on the persecution of Christians around the world. Every time we tune in or tune out, we praise the Sarah Palin c-word enthusiasts as well as relish in the embarrassment of a Ted Nugent tirade or the GOP devouring their own. We arm the airwaves with pungent politics and wonder what morals are left that we can malign.
But then there is Dr. Jen Arnold: wife, mother, doctor, hero. It seems, no matter who we are–left, right, low information or informed population–we admire her. Who else on a reality show (or any show) can we all agree about? From the beginning of her TLC show The Little Couple, we have watched Dr. Arnold and her husband Bill handle their challenges with self-respect, humor and a genuine love of life. No political agenda touted, just the example of dignity and grace. From our admiration of her overcoming the stereotype of dwarfism by becoming a neonatologist, to the challenges of her failed pregnancies, to the pure joy of her adoptive parenthood; we are with her. And now that she is in remission from a shocking prognosis of cancer, we cheer for her. Webster’s definition of hero is: any person admired for courage. But I think what she is and the role model she portrays in a sea of ruthlessness has demonstrated more than that. Her challenges unite us in compassion and admiration.
Webster’s also has a definition of angel: a person regarded as beautiful, innocent and good. In the hearts of many who follow her, we surely would agree.