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Michael Medved: Unexpected Praise for Trump’s Turnaround

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One of history’s worst natural disasters produced one of the best weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency so far. The chief executive and his administration rose to the challenge of responding to Hurricane Harvey and even his implacable media critics praised his change in attitude.

The normally hostile New York Times, for instance, featured two positive headlines: “Trump, in Texas, Says His Goal is the Best Relief Effort Ever” and “Hurricane Gives Trump a Chance to Reclaim the Power to Unify.”

What was so different about the president’s tone? In reacting to the catastrophe, he didn’t attack, ridicule or blame anyone; he didn’t punch—or counterpunch—at his favorite targets in politics or media. Instead, he sought to lift up, rather than to run down—an effort that inspired new hope for a successful presidency.

As he now pivots toward tax reform and other crucial issues, he should continue to concentrate on the constructive while trying to remember two key words: stay positive!

 

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Hurricane Harvey: The Power of Nature and Best of Human Nature

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Townhall Review—September 31, 2017

Franklin Graham, of Samaritan’s Purse, describes the relief effort going on in Houston. Texas Governor Greg Abbott shares how the federal, state, and local governments are coordinating to help those in need. Mike Gallagher spoke with former Texas Governor now Energy Secretary Perry on how faith communities are pulling together to assist with flood victims. Emergency room physician Dr. Beau Briese spoke with Dennis Prager about his firsthand experience in the flood. Scott Wilder, of Save the Children, spoke with Hugh Hewitt about the massive responsibility of keeping watch over displaced children. Hewitt also spoke with Wisconsin Congressman Mike Gallagher about Kim Jung Un’s most recent trigger happy insanity. Larry Elder spoke with law professor, and constitutional scholar John Eastman on the President’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Hewitt interviews Hugh Ross, of Reason to Believe, about Al Gore’s latest movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel” as it relates to Hurricane Harvey. In contrast to society’s gender confusion, Michel Medved reviews a proclamation, released by prominent evangelical leaders, entitled “Nashville Statement.”

 

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Michael Medved: Four Hopeful Lessons From an Epic Catastrophe

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As Texas begins the long process of recovery from the catastrophe of Hurricane Harvey, Americans across the country should embrace four important lessons:

First, let’s acknowledge that government isn’t always the enemy—and in emergencies like this one, government at the local, state and federal levels has a crucial, life-saving role to play.

Second, we see that government alone isn’t enough—private businesses, and countless individual volunteers proved indispensable for rescue and recovery.

Third, in times of crisis our various divisions—racial, political, religious—matter less than we thought. No one asked rescuers or the rescued about political affiliation or ethnic background when lives were at stake.

Finally, the country can put aside its passionate disagreements, and work together when it’s necessary, as we strive to return to normal life.

And yes, after Harvey, we’re reminded that normal life—whatever its shortcomings and frustrations—is worth defending and even cherishing in this phenomenally fortunate nation.

 

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