I found myself nodding to myself reading this latest piece titled "A Clinton Masterpiece" by Andrew Sullivan on Bill Clinton's very well done speech last night at the DNC Convention. Specifically these bits on the speech itself, characterizing it as being a:
"...statesman-like assessment of where this country is and how desperately it needs a real change toward reform and retrenchment at home and restoration of diplomacy, wisdom and prudence abroad. Yes, he nailed it with this line:
"People around the world have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power."
What a great line, being all the greater by ringing so true.
And then I found myself nodding in agreement again when he continues on how the Republican record stacks up over the last few years:
"I don't buy his evisceration of everything the Republican party has done in the last quarter century. I think the GOP did a great deal to rescue this country in the 1980s and early 1990s.
In fact, I think Clinton would have failed as a president without the foil of the Gingrich GOP. But since 2000, the worst aspects of Republicanism have crowded out its once necessary virtues.
The reflexive impulse to use force over diplomacy, to use aggression over persuasion, to spend and borrow with no concern for the future, and to violate sacred principles such as the eschewal of torture with no respect for the past: these must not just be left behind. They have to be repudiated."
Couldn't agree more with the last paragraph.
Here's hoping the party's recent inclinations in the areas cited by Sullivan are a temporary aberration. And we once again show the world the power of our example.