Forget about Fluke; here's a better p...

Forget about Fluke; here's a better pick for Person of the Year 2012

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Minneapolis, MN

#1 Dec 2, 2012

by Christina Martin December 2, 2012

I wasnít too surprised to hear that TIME Magazine had nominated Sandra Fluke for their 2012 Person of the Year pick....

As for TIMEĎs Person of the Year pick, Iíd hope theyíd lean towards someone who captivates, inspires, and makes positive changes in our world.


Research shows Sandra was a womenís rightís activist before enrolling in Georgetown. In one of her first interviews she admits reviewing Georgetownís insurance policy prior to committing to attend. Many believe she decided to attend the school to battle against the schoolís policy on contraceptives. To pick a Jesuit or Catholic school and then demand that the school violate the principles and convictions itís based upon is ludicrous to me.

If I were in charge of picking TIMEís person of 2012, Iíd recommend a person with courage, perseverance and heart. My pick is activist Chen Guangcheng.

Chen is a hero in my book. The man is a blind lawyer and activist who put his life on the line to stand up against forced abortions in China. Heís endured beatings, imprisonment, harassment, and all sorts of suffering for standing up for what is right.

Heís not known for giving witty speeches in comfy halls. His workís been done in the night, listening to the whispers and tears of women pleading for help. Heís labored in the face of unjust laws; he had to flee the country he loves, yet he has not ceased to be a voice for truth in the nations.

I was pleased to see GQís menís magazine name him Rebel of the Year for 2012. In the article written by GQís John G. Thompson, a meeting is described between Chen and members the House of Representatives on August 1. It was Chenís last major public appearance. He was introduced by Speaker John Boehner.

In the article, we get a window into Chenís thoughts:

"When they sat me in John Boehnerís office, they gave me this massive leather chair. I donít really remember anything other than how comfortable it was. As soon as I sat in that chair, I thought,ďThis really is a different kind of place!Ē John Boehner didnít say much. Nancy Pelosi visited me at my apartment earlier in the summer. Iíve had a good impression of Nancy Pelosi for years from the degree of her devotion to human rights causes in China[.]Ö

"I know Boehner and Pelosi might not agree [about which rights I represent]. I think I protect the rights of unborn children, the rights of women, and the rights of any citizen. Human rights are not just childrenís rights or womenís rights. Men have rights. The elderly have rights. This is a human problem, a fundamental concept. I donít think Mr. Boehner and Ms. Pelosi differ on this idea. They may promote rights from different angles, but I donít think one-hundred-percent agreement is necessary.

"Am I happy here? I think this is a difficult question to answer. Itís not that Iím unhappy in America, itís just that I could have been happy wherever I had the freedom to do the work I want to do. This was the main reason I had to leave China: I couldnít do what I wanted there. I donít think that being in the United States diminishes my influence. Even in prison, I was able to do some second-order stuff that I never made public. I think influence is based on ability and a little luck, not where you are."

I may not know all the elements that make up an influential person, but I do know when I see one. Chen Guangchengís sacrificial fight to protect the rights of the unborn, women, and all citizens makes him my pick for Person of the Year 2012. I hope to be half as brave as he is.

Glen Carbon, IL

#2 Dec 4, 2012
Does anyone really read that liberal rag in todays age of the internet?

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08


#3 Dec 5, 2012
" Chen Guangchengís sacrificial fight to protect the rights of the unborn, women, and all citizens makes him my pick for Person of the Year 2012. I hope to be half as brave as he is."

Protecting the rights of the unborn is not protecting "women", only women who choose to give birth. Other than that anti choice brigade is the flip side of China's forced abortion policy.

The anti choice zombies wish to force their will onto rape, incest and women who risk death in a pregnancy that threatens their life. The wish to eliminate a womans decision over her medical/physical well being is using the same mindset of authorities in China, someone else is in charge other than the "woman". She is secondary in this case under state rule. The anti choice zombies in the U.S. wish to make her secondary under state rule/religious rule and secondary to the "unborn" that puts "HER" 4th in line (bottom of the food chain) and they are quite proud of that.

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