“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.Read More »