Grandpa, did the President (not) say that?

President Trump’s statement and silence about white supremacy following the terror in in Charlottesville prompted a brief but telling conversation in Minnesota.

IMG_5234“Grandpa, the President just said he wants me to feel safe to play outside, right?”

“Right, Elijah, that’s what he said. That had nothing to do with the reason for the violence in Charlottesville, but, yes, he did say that.”

“Yeah, if he cares about all the children, why didn’t he say the words?”

“What words, Elijah?”

“You know, Grandpa. You know!”

“I do, Elijah. I do.”

  • Gordon C. Stewart, Chaska, MN, August 13, 2017.

 

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About Gordon C. Stewart

I've always liked quiet. And, like most people, I've experienced the world's madness. "Be Still! Departure from Collective Madness" (Wipf and Stock Publishers, Jan. 2017) distills 47 years of experiencing stillness and madness as a campus minister and Presbyterian pastor (IL, WI, NY, OH, and MN), poverty criminal law firm executive director, and social commentator. Our dog Barclay reminds me to calm down and be much more still than I would be without him.

6 thoughts on “Grandpa, did the President (not) say that?

  1. Elijah is smarter than the 71 year old…….

    Best,

    Jim

    James Bertram Haugh, Ph.D. 11630 Glen Arm Road – Unit L58 Glen Arm, Maryland 21057-9448 757-636-1703 Cell 410-593-7892

    On Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 9:30 PM, Views from the Edge wrote:

    > Gordon C. Stewart posted: “President Trump’s statement and silence about > white supremacy following the terror in in Charlottesville prompted a brief > but telling conversation in Minnesota. “Grandpa, the President just said he > wants me to feel safe to play outside, right?” “Right, ” >

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