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Hugh Hewitt: With Hope That We’ll See “The Better Angels of our Nature” As 2021 Unfolds

“Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.” Many of you will recognize those calming, moderating words from Lincoln’s first inaugural.

Such moderation has been largely missing from our public discourse in recent years.

When Trump supporters gathered in D.C. this week for the “Stop the Steal” protest, it’s hard to imagine that more than a tiny fraction intended violence. But some surely did.

And I don’t believe the president intended the riot. It has done him great damage. He ought to have seen the potential of violence. As it unfolded, he ought to have been quick to condemn it. In condemning it, he should have done so without any mention of his own grievances.

Our leaders ought to calm and not inflame.

Let’s hope and pray that we’ll see—Lincoln’s words again—“the better angels of our nature” as this new year unfolds.

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Michael Medved: A Great Movie’s Misleading Message

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The magnificent new Churchill movie, “Darkest Hour,” easily counts among the year’s best, but a crucial scene sends a message the real Sir Winston would have hated.

In the movie, the Prime Minister wavers over starting peace talks with Hitler, and on the way to a cabinet meeting, he wanders into the Underground—London’s subway. He asks the opinions of ordinary Englishmen in his car, and—only when they tell him to keep fighting at all costs—does he convey that message to Parliament in the famous, “we shall fight on the beaches” speech.

It’s a touching sequence, but totally misleading: Churchill never rode the Underground, and never shared the comforting, populist notion that leaders should take direction and inspiration from the common man. Like Reagan, Thatcher or Lincoln, Churchill knew that great leaders must provide inspiration and direction to the masses, not the other way around.

That’s a role today’s leading figures must learn, and embrace.

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