The democracy is nothing you could ever replace. Former Senator Tom Harkin had electrified the National Democratic Convention (DNC) to use their hands to sign, “AMERICA”–that is a history in the making! The audience has learned that that induction into the world American Sign Language (ASL) is tantamount to being lead into stupefaction. It has inspired my heart what Tom Harkin has done! It is way beyond my imagination. Move over, Star Trek!
With being said that, we need to be able to reach any consensus about just what ASL is all about. We need a sociological even philosophical conception that ASL should never be taken as an indicator of debility. We need to educate that ASL should be turn into a simulacrum of the natural sciences. The importance of ASL has entered a new stage of development. For example, cognitive sociology that should able to transform our approach to the study of ASL–to influence our questions, our research strategies, our methods, and purling-range goals.
Will ASL and what Tom Harkin has done at DNC have a role to play in this fundamental transformation? Should ASL strengthen our lives to address American Deaf lives everywhere? This is an American role-playing: United States Constitution that protects Deaf people to use ASL for their First Amendment! I had a privilege to sit front of him speaking for Vera Institute of Justice when I was invited as Community Liaison for Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf (HEARD).
Thank you, Tom Harkin!
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