Turn on cable news nowadays and it often feels like all breathlessness, all the time. There’s rampant fear and panic, not to mention—depending on which channel you land upon—anger at a certain orange-haired, would-be leader.
But there’s one on-air personality who, in the run-up to Congress’ historic $2.2 trillion relief package, eschewed all that.
Ali Velshi, MSNBC host and Citizen board member, has seemed to borrow from Rahm Emanuel’s 2008 mantra—”never let a crisis go to waste”—and has consistently seen in all our tragedy and tumult…opportunity.
“Why not do it right?” Velshi implored us in stirring remarks while Congress readied the third of its economic rescue bills in late March. “Why not be the first generation that fixes wealth disparity and income inequality and universal health care and poverty and homelessness and racial economic inequality and crushing college debt and underfunded public schools and underpaid teachers and the nurses who may save your life in the coming weeks?”
Velshi is not just another pretty face on TV. He’s a thinker, a policy wonk and a passionate believer in America’s talent for reinvention.Photo courtesy JPG Photography