Once Upon A Time Many of Our Elected Officials Spoke — and Thought — as Eloquently as This

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Damn, I miss elected officials who could speak to the mind and heart like this:

“It is among the most basic human truths: Every one of us, some day, will be brought to our knees. By a diagnosis we didn’t expect, a phone call we can’t imagine, or a loss we cannot endure. That common humanity inspires our mercy. It fortifies our compassion. It drives us to look out for the sick, the elderly, the poor, and the most vulnerable among us. Yesterday’s bill — yesterday’s devastating bill — does the opposite. The bill is more than premiums and tax cuts. It is a cold and calculated world view: One that scapegoats the struggling, and sees fault in suffering. One dead set on dividing us based on who we love, where we come from, the direction of our faith and the size of our fortunes. We see it in their tax plan, their budget cuts, their immigration policy, their civil rights assaults — and yesterday, in their cruel health care plan. We must reject it. We must decide, instead, to take care of each other — because, but for the grace of God, we will all one day wake up in need of a little mercy. This nation’s character has never been defined by the power we give the already strong — but by the strength we give the weak.”

~Congressman Joe Kennedy III

He’s talking about that merciless health care bill Trump’s so proud of, of course. I’m proud of not just what Kennedy said but also of how he said it.

But then it also hurts to think that many of the people he’s so concerned about wouldn’t feel the way I do. He’s a rich, spoiled Kennedy kid for Chrissake.

Trump’s a rich, spoiled kid, too, but…never mind that. He talks like “real people.” While he supports legislation that will kill a whole lot of those people.

Oh, well. Enjoy the Kennedy quote. And dream a while…

Award-winning former features reporter for the Chicago Sun Times and Arizona Daily Star, HuffPo contributor and author.

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