I am pleased with the class and honor that Hillary and Obama showed following the election. They showed humility and honor to the process and principles that have maintained this country’s greatness.
HERE Obama’s remarks on peaceful and smooth transition.
HERE Clinton’s concession speech
There is a cynical part of me that wants to not trust the genuine nature certain pieces of Hillary’s speech but I must avoid that temptation. Her and Tim Kaine both quoted from the Bible and with humility and tact she reached back to traditional American values of hard work and perseverance encouraging people to never give up on what they know is right. She also used pro-Constitutional language when praising the First Amendment with its freedom of religion and expression. She lauded our tradition of following the rule of law.
My cynical question is, where was all of this on the campaign trail? She did not show any preference toward the constitution or traditional pro-American values. It was all divisive pandering to the fringe left. She knows that she lost 85% of the evangelical vote to Trump. She knows that evangelicals care about the First Amendment and that the amendment has been the recipient of constant attack under Obama for the last 8 years. I would hate to think that she somehow used this speech as the beginning of new a campaigning outreach tool for the DNC so that they can capture more evangelicals next time.
Again, I think her humble approach and sincere demeanor in her speech is admirable. I hope that she was sincere and I hope that people rioting in the streets in protest to the election outcomes can take her example as the right response.
Over the past several months I have been encouraged by finding self-identified “classical liberals” calling for more dialogue between opposing views in response to the volatile political climate. One of these voices is Dave Rubin. I respect what he is trying to do even though I disagree with him on many levels in terms of policy. He is […]
In today’s marketplace of ideas it is easy to get bogged down in the game of name-calling. The idea being that it is much easier to discount someone’s argument once their personal reputation has been soiled. Unfortunately, this seems to be “winning” strategy on all sides of the political spectrum and the election season IS its […]
from last year:
Something to ponder on July 4th:
-Have opinions. Be able to defend your opinions. Do not expect everyone will agree with you. Do not call people names. Engage opinions of others that you find untrue and tell them why. Persuade and be persuaded. Do not agree for the sake of agreement. Do not go with the crowd because it is the popular thing to do (unless the crowd is right). Question your presuppositions and your post-suppositions. Stand for something bigger than yourself.
In order to perpetuate freedom of thought and expression and to honor those who do not have or have not had access to it, we are obligated to have this type of discourse in society.
Hi All What happened in Orlando in the early hours of Sunday morning was tragic and terrible. It is the worst mass shooting in American history. The last two nights I have found myself awake staring at the ceiling in my bedroom overwhelmed with thoughts and looking for answers. The loss of life and implications of this […]
A quick reference for resources on several currently divisive topics. Slavery in the U.S. Was our system founded to only support white men? This is not true according to leading abolitionists and civil rights reformers. You can also read the words of the founders to see what they thought about it. Martin Luther King Jr and […]