In government, you have to give the answer. Not AN answer – THE answer.
And in time you realise that putting the country first doesn’t mean doing the right thing according to conventional wisdom, or the prevailing consensus or the latest snapshot of opinion. It means doing what you genuinely believe to be right. That your duty as prime minister is to act according to your conviction.
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And then came the utterly unanticipated and dramatic – September 11 2001, and the death of 3,000 or more on the streets of New York. And I decided we should stand shoulder to shoulder with our oldest ally. And I did so out of belief. And so Afghanistan, and then Iraq, the latter bitterly controversial. And removing Saddam and his sons from power, as with removing the Taliban, was done with relative ease – but the blowback since, in global terrorism and those elements that support it, has been fierce and unrelenting and costly. And for many, it simply isn’t and can’t be worth it.
For me, I think we must see it through. The terrorists who threaten us around the world will never give up if we give up. It is a test of will and belief, and we can’t fail it.
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But I ask you to accept one thing. Hand on heart, I did what I thought was right.
I may have been wrong. That is your call. But believe one thing, if nothing else. I did what I thought was right for our country.
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I give my thanks to you, the British people, for the times that I have succeeded, and my apologies to you for the times I have fallen short. But good luck. ,cite>Tony Blair
Read the full text of Tony Blair’s resignation speech given May 10, 2007.
There’s not a thought in my head I can’t explain in thirty seconds.
Although this quote could imply Dick Morris’ head is filled with simple thoughts, I don’t think so. Instead I’m impressed and here’s why.
In high school composition class we complained that we couldn’t write our thoughts down. The teacher responded that we probably couldn’t write our thoughts down because we didn’t have any. In other words, we couldn’t write what we didn’t know. The process of writing or speaking exposes the limits of our knowledge.
Dick Morris has made advocacy his life’s calling. Through experience he has learned what he knows (and what he doesn’t) and how to explain it. Having a thirty second “elevator pitch” for each thought is icing on the cake.
He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Pithy. Demanding. Liberating.
Pithy: Micah 6:8 may be a little long to be pithlike, but for a statement of how to live one’s life, it’s hard to get much shorter or meaningful. And it makes a great song. ;-)
Demanding: Read it again. Can I (1) act justly, (2) love mercy, and (3) walk humbly with my God? Do I? Or is it easier to demand justice except when it means I lose, more fun to celebrate that Paris Hilton is going to jail, and “human nature” to rely on God only when times are tough?
Liberating: Does God have one single path for each of us? Only one God-chosen spouse, one career, one city, etc? Or does God give incredible freedom to choose our lives, knowing there are many ways to live according to His will? I believe it’s the latter. That’s liberating.
No plan survives contact with the enemy.
Colonel Tom Kolditz
Bright people have the capability of freaking out faster and more dramatically than anyone else.
David Allen, Getting Things Done
I’m conflicted — should this be comforting, or not… ?
There’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace, and you can have it in the next second: surrender.
Look, this was a close election. If you look at race by race, it was close. The cumulative effect, however, was not too close. It was a thumping.