Whenever I think of the Iowa caucus, I think of Sarah Horowitz. I first learned about her during the winter of 2008 when she spent time campaigning for Barack Obama ahead of the Iowa caucus. While I can’t pinpoint the exact online article that brought her to my attention, I will never forget her story. As you can tell from the headline of her obituary in the JReview, she spent her brief life pursuing education, both as a teacher and as a student, and serving as a political activist.
In order to fully understand Sarah’s story, it is best to start with her father, conservative commentator David Horowitz. Originally a product of the new left during the 1960s, his political views changed considerably over the decades, and during the 1980s, he became a well-known conservative commentator. He is still well known in conservative circles, and the stark contrast between his political views and those of his daughter highlight the best and worst of our current political system.
I first came across David Horowitz’s work more than a decade ago when I was a certified political blog junkie. I doubt that I would have ever came across his work today. I would not know Sarah’s story if it were not for her father. While deep political divisions have a way of tearing families apart, it is clear from his columns and everything written about his daughter Sarah that David Horowitz not only loved his daughter, he admired her too. I suppose that is the larger point. Both the left and the right have much to offer. Why aren’t we all listening to one another?
After learning that David Horowitz wrote a book about Sarah’s life, I purchased it. At that point, her life intrigued me. The sad fact is that even though I’ve owned the book for over seven years, I have yet to read it. Sarah Horowitz had Turner Syndrome, and the fact that she passed away in her 40s from heart complications quite frankly scares me. Even though my personal political views are vastly different from hers and I can’t begin to imagine all of the physical complications (both from Turner Syndrome and additional causes) Sarah faced on a daily basis, I still see myself reflected in her story. It is time I finally read the book.
Vision of Unity – Tablet – An interview with Sarah Horowitz published just prior to her death.