Readers of "Posse Incitatus" know that I am a conservative alumnis of Michigan State University. Consequently, I tend to bash liberals and the more insufferable fans of the University of Michigan.
Although bashing Democrats is my favorite pastime, I have also lambasted the GOP (See "Stupid Republicans") when they deserve it, which is, unfortunately, all too often.
But I have also praised Democrats (see reference to Kirsten Powers) at times, and even though I am a Spartan, will praise the University of Michigan and its athletes when warranted.
This story in the Detroit Free Press is inspirational, because it describes a good-hearted 9-year-old who wants to help his troubled city and has put his desire into action. Joshua Smith raised an amazing $3,000 with his lemonade and popcorn stand, and a few days ago enjoyed a surprise visit from three University of Michigan basketball players who presented him with autographed jerseys and posed for photos.
Kudos to those players and to Joshua. I don't care what your politics will be when you're old enough to vote, Joshua, or what your parents' leanings are. You are a good guy with positive intentions.
But for those of us who root for the green-and-white, including your humble correspondent "T-MO," (Michigan State Class of 1983), this CNN report is even more heart-warming. I happened to watch this live at work this morning, and laughed out loud.
The lesson here is that despite the onslaught of bad news about crime, drugs, gangs, unemployment, bitter politics, etc., there are still plenty of good-hearted people who want to make this world a better place. Including in Detroit, a deeply troubled city that is, I swear, not a lost cause.