My Point of View/By Rolando Larraz
I try my best not to read or listen to the lies the Democrat-Communists write or say because I do not like anyone to insult my intelligence that way, but there is always at least one “good friend” who likes to instigate things by sending me certain comments or statements made by those who I consider the enemies of this nation and those passed-on comments touch that “irritation” aspect of my very being.
I never heard about Cori Bush until last week when someone pointed out to me a statement she made publicly; in fact I thought she was related to the Bush Crime Family of Texas — you know, those Bush’s who betrayed the Republican Party because “little Jeb” was not nominated for the presidential job.
Sometimes too much money makes people stupid, and that, with all due respect to the former president, is what happened to the Jr. member of the Bush Dynasty of Texas (I believe no relation to Cori Bush); he wanted to continue with their dynasty of the family tradition without realizing that Donald Trump was not nominated on his own; he was nominated by the voters of this nation who did not take his little brother seriously or did not think he was capable of being president.
But now getting back to Cori Bush; the congresswoman made the statement somewhere that Black people need to be free, that Black people are not free as yet and that made me think how sad but right Cori Bush is.
We are still waiting for Cori Bush to open the road for Blacks to be free so we can have a pioneering African American bibliographer and historian. Daniel Alexander Payne Murray spent 51 years (1871-1922) working at the Library of Congress, leaving a legacy of rare and important literary materials that document the lives and accomplishments of African Americans. He believed that “the true test of the progress of a people is to be found in their literature.”
But I am not going to go that far back because none of us alive and still writing today were born back in the year 1853 or even 1922; I am going to start with my favorite person in this world today, Doctor Ben Carson, who came from a humble and modest Black family and became a most intelligent human being, able to conduct surgery on a baby while inside the mother’s womb. The American people are waiting for Black people to be free so his merits can be recognized.
Ben Carson, full name Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., American politician and neurosurgeon, performed the first successful separation separating conjoined twins who were attached at the back of the head (occipital craniopagus twins). The operation, which took place in 1987, lasted some 22 hours and involved a 70-member surgical team.
Carson also refined a technique known as hemispherectomy, in which one-half of the brain is removed to prevent seizures in persons with severe epilepsy.
He was one of the youngest doctors in the United States to earn such a title. He later also held professorships in plastic surgery, oncology, and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins.
In his successful separation of occipital craniopagus twins in 1987, Carson used a radical approach in which the twins’ body temperatures were lowered to the point of circulatory arrest. The success of the procedure and the reconstructive techniques employed gained Carson world renown as a pediatric neurosurgeon. In 1997, in a 28-hour-long operation, he led a team of South African and Zambian surgeons in a separation of twins conjoined at the top of the head (type 2 vertical
craniopagus twins). Carson was also known for having performed the first successful rescue of a hydrocephalic twin using an intrauterine shunt. The shunt served to drain fluid under high pressure away from the developing brain of the fetus and into the amniotic cavity of the mother. Carson’s techniques for hemispherectomy and craniofacial reconstructive surgery were influential in the fields of neurosurgery and plastic surgery. Of course, a genius like Dr. Ben Carson is
waiting for Representative Cori Bush to free him. Colin L. Powell was nominated by President Bush on December 16, 2000, as Secretary of State. After being unanimously confirmed by the U.S., he was sworn in as the 65th Secretary of State on January 20, 2001.
Prior to his appointment, Secretary Powell was the chairman of America’s Promise, The Alliance for Youth, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to mobilizing people from every sector of American life to build the character and competence of young people. Secretary Powell was a professional soldier for 35 years, during which time he held myriad command and staff positions and rose to the rank of 4-star General. His last assignment, from October 1, 1989, to
September 30, 1993, was as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense.
During this time, he oversaw 28 crises, including Operation Desert Storm in the victorious 1991 Persian Gulf War.
Following his retirement, Secretary Powell wrote his best-selling autobiography, My American Journey, which was published in 1995.
Additionally, he pursued a career as a public speaker, addressing audiences across the country and abroad.
Secretary Powell was born in New York City on April 5, 1937, and was raised in the South Bronx. His parents, Luther and Maud Powell, immigrated to the United States from Jamaica. Secretary Powell was educated in the New York City public schools, graduating from the City College of New York (CCNY), where he earned a bachelor’s degree in geology. He also participated in ROTC at CCNY and received a commission as an Army second lieutenant upon graduation in June 1958.
His further academic achievements include a Master of Business Administration degree from George Washington University. Of course, Secretary Powell is waiting for Cori Bush to free him.
John Robert Lewis (February 21, 1940 – July 17, 2020) was an American statesman and civil rights activist who served in the United States House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death in 2020. He was the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) from 1963 to 1966. Lewis was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington. He fulfilled many key roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the United States. In 1965, Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. In an incident which became known as Bloody Sunday, state troopers and police attacked the marchers, including Lewis.
A member of the Democratic Party, Lewis was first elected to Congress in 1986 and served 17 terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. The district he represented included most of Atlanta. Due to his length of service, he became the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation.
While in the House, Lewis was one of the leaders of the Democratic Party, serving from 1991 as a Chief Deputy Whip and from 2003 as a Senior Chief Deputy Whip. John Lewis received many honorary degrees and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.
Representative John Lewis died waiting for Representative Cori Bush to free him.
These are only three Black successful individuals. Their background information was taken from the Internet; I did not create the fame for them, I just pointed out that those who want to be successful can be successful regardless of the color of their skin. Look at Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, a Jew born in Cuba who arrived in this nation as a refugee and prospered like any other person because this is a nation of opportunity offered equally to everyone and anyone — but it is up to each individual to choose who they want to be and not only aim for it, but work for it.
My name is Rolando Larraz, and as always, I approved this column.
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Rolando Larraz is Editor in Chief of the Las Vegas Tribune. His column appears weekly in this newspaper. To contact Rolando Larraz, email him at: Rlarraz@lasvegastribune.com or at 702-272-4634.