The President’s Speech

President Obama rang the bell last night in his speech on immigration. The President is a Constitutional lawyer. He is also a man of faith, a thoughtful Christian who interprets the Bible the way Abraham Lincoln did, and, like Lincoln before him, the President preached to a divided nation from the White House.

He used the bully pulpit to stop the bullying.

“Scripture tells us, we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger — we were strangers once, too. My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too.”

This morning Speaker of the House John Boehner, who for the past year-and-a-half has personally blocked a vote in the House on the bipartisan Senate immigration reform bill, filed a lawsuit, alleging the President has exceeded his authority. Mr. Boehner and others also threaten impeachment.

Very few of us understand the Constitutional separation of powers well enough to assess knowledgeably whether the President has or has not exceeded his executive authority, but given similar actions by every recent President, both Democrat and Republican, the Las Vegas odds-makers would surely lay heavy odds in favor of the Constitutional lawyer in the White House.

Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim and secular humanist leaders have led the fight for immigration reform for many years. They have commended the President’s actions and have renewed the call for Congress to pass bipartisan reform.

Because they’re not bomb-throwing religious extremists, there likely will be little media coverage of these religious leaders support for the President’s speech and actions. Like Mr. Obama, their faith, and the faith of the people and congregations they represent, are thoughtful and fairly quiet in demeanor. They don’t make headlines. But once in a while, one of gets to preach from the White House.

In the habit of some preachers who invite response from the pews following prayers or a sermon, “Let all the people say ‘Amen!’

5 thoughts on “The President’s Speech

  1. Such a hard road for this President – but trying to do his best to do the right thing, in the face of horrible, personal opposition. I believe the GOPers have boxed themselves in – in order to win election, they must please the vocal nuts, and then can’t govern as I don’t believe most want the extremism that the nuts represent so won’t put forward the Nut Agenda, but can’t vote on a more moderate agenda as they will lose the nuts. So they do nothing – yet still get paid handfuls. Oh my.
    Fox and talk radio are way too powerful – how are their lies to be exposed? Sorry, got a bit off topic there…….

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    • Thank you, Barbara, for reading this – I mean WOW, I just published this moments ago. You must be a speed reader like JFK. How are the lies to be exposed? I’m dumbfounded. All I can do is keep writing. So I blather on. I write and rejoice when you and others notice and take the time to comment. The two over-riding issues before us, to my mind, are climate change and public campaign financing. Get the money out of the electoral process so candidates can do what they know to be right and stop pandering to the big money.

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