“How stands the city?”
It’s a good question Ronald Reagan asked nearly 30 years ago. Saturday’s. news of the abhorrent criminal terrorist attack by radical domestic Nazi terrorists made me profoundly angry and deeply concerned.
It is comforting to see leading Republicans like Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Orrin Hatch, Jeff Flake and others step into the boldness vacuum created by the tepid response of others and condemn this coordinated white supremacist attack on American values and citizens.
Sen. Rubio went on Twitter to point out that there’s “nothing patriotic about Nazis, the KKK or white supremacists. It’s the direct opposite of what America seeks to be.”
“We should call evil by its name,” Sen. Hatch Tweeted. “My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”
Gov. Bush added, “The white supremacists and their bigotry do not represent our great country. All Americans should condemn this vile hatred.”
“The white supremacy in Charlottesville does not reflect the values of the America I know,” Tweeted Sen. Flake. “Hate and bigotry have no place in this country.”
Sen. Flake is correct. I’ve lived in Kansas, Oklahoma and Florida. I have good friends who are conservatives. They are among the most decent, outstanding, compassionate and loving people I’ve ever met. They live the Golden Rule. It is not lip service.
I’m sure they would join me in wholeheartedly agreeing with the stinging rebuke from courageous conservatives of these Wehrmacht wannabe’s.
I think President Reagan would agree, too. I believe he would rise to the occasion like the above mentioned leaders and offer a clarion call for the nation to heal and for our people to unify.
I urge you to read the following excerpt from President Ronald Reagan’s inspirational farewell address where he asked a question we should contemplate in light of the Charlottesville attack.
“I’ve. spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind, it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind swept, God blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace — a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors, and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.
That’s how I saw it, and see it still. How Stands the City?”
Well, how stands the city and what should we do together to renew its shining promise to all of its people?