Thank You, Hillary! – by Pastor John Pavlovitz

Thank You, Hillary!by Pastor John Pavlovitz

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton  – Stuff that needs to be said

Dear Hillary,

I appreciate how hard you’ve worked for this country for the past five decades.
I hope this finds you well. I’ve been meaning to write you for a while. I was thinking of you again today and I guess I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate you.

I appreciate what you accomplished this year.
I appreciate your dignity in the face of the most undignified behaviour.
I appreciate the seriousness with which you took the prospect of leading our nation.
I appreciate the campaign of diversity, equality, and shared strength you ran with such grace.
I appreciate you reminding the United States of America that it is already great.            

You did everything you were asked to do this year, everything you were supposed to do:

You were prepared and balanced and cool under pressure.
You knew what you were talking about at every turn.
You saw the big picture, and you knew the countless small details that your opponent could never be bothered with.
You endured a relentless flood of misinformation by continually, plainly speaking your truth.
You had your character assassinated over and over—and in response you simply showed that character.
You shouldered the kind of expectations that no man aspiring to the position has ever had to contend with.
You had to be both strong and sensitive, tough and warm, fierce and likable—and you were.
You never talked in nonsensical sound bites, never ranted like a lunatic at your detractors, never viciously attacked citizens on social media—and you never stooped to the inhumanity of your opponent.

Despite the unprecedented viciousness hurled at you, you never responded in kind; you just kept on being decent, intelligent, thoughtful—Presidential. You alone had the experience and the temperament and the maturity to do the job of leading this country.That should have been enough. I’m sorry that it wasn’t.

I’m sorry that my 7-year old daughter won’t get to see you sworn in as the first woman President and won’t get to watch you represent her so beautifully each day; that she’ll instead have to see a man who has complete contempt for her shape her future.

I’m sorry that my 11-year old son will be reminded every day that you can treat women with total disregard, that you can be a vile, filthy bully—and be well rewarded for it.
I’m sorry that more people didn’t recognize that your faith has always been the real, quiet, constant bedrock of who you are; not a one-time, cheap, campaign parlour trick designed to appear religious to the easily fooled.
I’m sorry that this country will be far less diverse, less civil, less open, and less compassionate than it would have been with you guiding it.
I’m sorry that enough people chose his sideshow over your steadiness, and that we now all have to endure the terrifying circus.
Most of all I’m sorry that you will not be my President, because like me I believe that you care for the full breadth of America’s diversity, not just the smallest sliver of it — and I would have been proud to have been led by you.

You’ve served this country for your entire life, and I know you’ll continue to do that going forward. I know that you’ll again be found doing the daily, difficult, unglamorous work of real leadership; the kind that your opponent will never understand or be interested in doing. I bet you’re already doing that behind the scenes, away from the spotlight; not fishing for compliments or pleading for adulation or begging to be noticed.

I know you’re a warrior and that you’re going to be fine, but I also know that you’re human and that this year must have taken a greater toll on you than anyone knows. I hope you realize that it wasn’t in vain; that you really have won (and not just the popular vote).

You’ve won because you reminded us that our diversity is our greatest asset, that equality is the only way forward, that we really are stronger together.

You’ve won because you didn’t need to manufacture fear to draw people to you, and you didn’t have to create a villain out of someone’s religion or skin colour or native language or sexual orientation.

You’ve won because the nearly 66 million people who voted for you now have a vision and a reason to fight on, and we will. We will be the strong, steady resistance to the bigots and the bullies; the kind  that truly makes America great.

Most of all you’ve won because you did what good people always do regardless of the cost or the pushback or the reception — you went high, and this is always where the real victory is.

So for all that you gave and suffered and endured,
for how you taught and cared and laboured,
for the way you inspired and challenged and led,
for being the very best of this country and for this country—

Thank you, Hillary.

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  • Leslie Chin  On 12/28/2016 at 1:53 am

    “I’m sorry that my 11-year old son will be reminded every day that you can treat women with total disregard, that you can be a vile, filthy bully—and be well rewarded for it”.

    This is supposed to be a tribute to Hillary Rodham Clinton. This paragraph is completely out of context.

  • Ron Saywack  On 01/01/2017 at 3:30 pm

    “You’ve served this country for your entire life…” Her entire life, John? Really?

    Your loyal, obsequious support of Hillary Clinton is akin to that usually given to rock stars by prepubescent children and young teenagers. But this group eventually matures and grows up.

    A few questions for you, Reverend John?

    How well did Hillary Clinton serve the country when she blindly and foolishly voted to support George W. Bush’s ill-fated, ill-advised 2003 invasion of Iraq to rid that country of phantom WMDS, which resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent (mostly Iraqi) lives, serious damage to US relations with its allies, an exponential rise in the price of crude, topping $147 a barrel, (and the buckling of the global economy) and the resultant disastrous 2008 recession whose damaging effects are still being felt around the globe?

    When she was the Secretary of State, how well did she serve and protect the U.S. embassy in Benghazi when she knew full well that planned attacks on the facility were imminent?

    Finally, after she was subpoenaed to testify before Congress, why did she hurriedly use a sledgehammer to destroy 13 cell phones and then proceeded to delete 33,000 emails? Why, John?

    After all this, is she really deserving of your unquestioned and unqualified adulation, Pastor John? Wow!

    Alas, it may behoove you, John, to stick to what you know best: preaching.

  • Clyde Duncan  On 01/03/2017 at 10:43 pm

    Opinion : Why Is Trump Toadying to Putin?

    The members of the new Trump administration despise liberal democracy and aspire to imitate Vladimir Putin’s governmental model.

    Nitzan Horowitz | Haaretz

    Everyone is eager to find an explanation for U.S.A. President-elect Donald Trump’s admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin. It’s a very strange thing. Trump, as a Republican and a nationalist, should be opposed to Russia. That is the tradition in America – especially now, with Russia openly subverting American interests everywhere – and there is economic rivalry involved, as well.

    So what’s going on here? This strange civil marriage is preoccupying foreign ministries and intelligence organizations all over the world, including in Israel.

    The issue really is troubling. Putin’s intervention in the presidential election in favour of Trump – the cyber-attacks, the theft of information and the spreading of false reports – created a serious crisis between the administration of outgoing President Barack Obama and the Kremlin. A mass expulsion of Russian “diplomats” like that ordered by Obama last week hasn’t been seen for years.

    Relations between the two great powers have returned to the Cold War era. The present administration considers Russia an enemy. But the leaders of this administration are going home in another two weeks. They will be replaced by the people appointed by Trump, who regard their good relations with Russia as being their main advantage, as in the case of Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson.

    It’s true that many people in the Republican Party are disgusted by the ingratiating behaviour toward Russia, but, like everything connected to Trump, many others are toeing the line of the new leadership, which is moving in the direction of Russia.

    It’s clear why Putin wanted Trump to win and was afraid of Hillary Clinton, who promised to set red lines and to increase the sanctions against him. But why is Trump toadying to Putin?

    There are as many theories as there are commentators. Some are hinting at hidden ties and interests between the Russian leadership and Trump and his associates. There are stories going around about money, and some people are even talking about a “mole,” in the style of such spy stories as “The Manchurian Candidate.”

    Others think/hope that this whole business is just some kind of mistake: Trump got caught in an admiring slip of the tongue about Putin at the start of the campaign and, as with other such errors, instead of getting off the ledge he saw that the issue was arousing stormy reactions and continued.

    Trump climbed even higher, turning Putin into one of the symbols of his campaign – another example of taunting and defiance against the liberal administration.

    But all those theories are simply attempts to evade the bitter truth that is right before our eyes. When one examines the ideological world of the new right in the United States of America and the people surrounding Trump, such as his senior adviser Steve Bannon, or General Michael Flynn, who was appointed to the key position of National Security Adviser, the conclusion is clear: These people despise liberal democracy and aspire to imitate Putin’s governmental model.

    They see Putin as a strong leader, who is managing to crush the opposition, the media and culture by using ultra-nationalism, “traditional values” and religion. In that way, he is entrenching his political power at home and expanding his influence in the world – and all with very scanty resources. After all, Russia is an impoverished country.

    Their admiration for Putin is a tool for promoting their sick objectives, and they aren’t the only ones. All over the world, and definitely in Israel, too, there are movements and leaders whose objective is Putinism.

    Bullying, defying political correctness, demonstrating disdain for international institutions, expressing nostalgia for the greatness of an imagined past, admiring force, attacking the media, despising minorities – Trump didn’t invent a thing.

    Putin was there long before him. The dark secret of his charm is an overt, boastful shattering of the democratic paradigm.

    Anyone who fantasizes that the magic formula for strong government can be found in Moscow, and who longs for such bullying here as well, would do well to remember the economic and social price being paid by the citizens of Russia for their president’s lust for power – the fear of daring to tweet against the regime and the bodies of those slaughtered in the cities of Syria.

    Anyone whose democratic spine is crooked, as is Putin’s, considers human rights a sign of weakness and atrophy, but in the end he is the one who is left with the hunchback.

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