The other night as the world turned in on itself, I’m not ashamed to tell you that I was deeply affected by all that I heard. Listening to grown men stumble verbally and search for words to express what they were feeling when it’s their job to be eloquent signified the depth of what they, as well as any rational American, was experiencing at that moment.
But no words moved me more than those of President Obama. Watching this fluently, articulate man fumble for an expression, with long pauses between his speech, told me that try as anyone might, there are very few polite words in any language to characterize the profundity of everything that’s happening in America right now. In addition, he had to air the country’s dirty laundry on foreign soil. And he had to do so not once, but twice in the span of not 24 hours.
Obama spoke about contradictions. Here’s the bit I’m referring to:
There is no contradiction between us supporting law enforcement, making sure they have the equipment they need, making sure they’re collective bargaining rights are recognized, making sure they’re adequately staffed, making sure that they are respected, making sure that their families are supported. And also saying that there are problems across our criminal justice system. There are biases, some conscious and unconscious that have to be rooted out. That’s not an attack on law enforcement. That is reflective of the values that the vast majority of law enforcement bring to the job.
Contradictions, conflict; it occurred to me then that it’s not political correctness that’s the problem, it’s political contradictions. Continue reading