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Texas storm rescues reveal a common humanity

By Rex Huppke, Tribune Content Agency on

" 'We seen the lady in her walker trying to walk on the other side of the water,' Emanuel Calderon said. 'We took off our clothes -- less weight.'

"The man they helped rescue was Frank Andrews, 74, who has difficulty walking after four back operations in recent years."

Do you think Mr. Andrews flinched when three men in their underwear came to save him? Do you think he cared about their ethnicity, or their politics, or which news source they rely on most?

It shouldn't take a tragedy to remind us how capable we are of cooperation and caring. It shouldn't take a storm to wash away our grievances and get us to grasp hands.

This, from Duckworth's statement, bears repeating: "I didn't care if the American troops risking their lives to help save me were gay, straight, transgender, black, white or brown. All that mattered was they didn't leave me behind."

Similar feelings have been on display in Texas.

Because that's who we are when all those layers get peeled away.

(Rex Huppke is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune and a noted hypocrisy enthusiast. You can email him at rhuppke@tribune.com or follow him on Twitter at @RexHuppke.)

 

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