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Thursday, September 28, 2017

With an "emotional and joyful speech," Scalise returned to the House

Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana triumphantly returned to the House, three months after a life-threatening.

Stuart Varney called Scalise's speech "emotional and joyful," and it was.

His speech was apolitical. He thanked God.

He told of world leaders -- many he never met -- who wrote him in encouragement.

He gently reminded his colleagues that the world looks to the United States for leadership. We are the world's role model. We need comity.

His colleagues stood and applauded him. They laughed heartily at his laugh lines.

Scalise told them:
"When I was laying out on that ball field, the first thing I did once I was down and I couldn't move anymore is I just started to pray.
"And I'll tell you, it gave me an unbelievable sense of calm knowing that at that point it was in God's hands. But I prayed for very specific things, and I will tell you pretty much every one of those prayers was answered. And they were some pretty challenging prayers I was putting in God's hands.
"He really did deliver for me and my family, and it just gives you that renewed faith and understanding that the power of prayer is something that you just cannot underestimate." 
He also said, "What I remember are the thousands of acts of kindness that came out of this."

His speech was uplifting. While he's the No. 3 Republican in the House, Scalise pushed politics aside, spoke as a grateful American, and received applause from people on both sides of the aisle.

His speech was a reminder that politics is minor, a debate over which road to pave. Our Founding Fathers did the heavy lifting with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

The world was watching. The speech had to please those who love life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

As for the others, as the song, "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean," says:
When Liberty's form stands in view;
Thy banners make tyranny tremble,
When borne by the red, white, and blue!
In his gentle, optimistic speech, Steve Scalise showed that we can still be worthy of our heritage.

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8 comments:

  1. I choked up listening to him speak.

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  2. This was a straight up political assassination. Thing is, the assassin wasn't a skilled marksman. Fact is, no one should have gotten off that field alive. Scalise is a fortunate man. It would be best if those folks could bear arms....like in Israel.

    Times have changed. The Spanish Civil War has some real glimpses where we're headed. Unfortunately, Scalise will always have to have Security. High tech body armor is a wise investment. Another thing that wasn't mentioned....if a 7.62 had been used, he would be dead.

    History shows repeated patterns of violence as social order breaks down. The Medieval ages offers a lot of good tactical advice.

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    1. Had to look this one up. Apparently it was a 7.62 SKS. Those guns are notoriously inaccurate. Put that together with a guy who probably wasn't very skilled and was nervous as all get out you end up with just being unlucky enough to get hit at all.

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    2. SKS rifles suck-period.
      "Close enough for goverment work"
      TG

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  3. Excellent article, Don- but your opening seems to be missing something:

    "Congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana triumphantly returned to the House, three months after a life-threatening."

    That seems to be missing the word, "shooting" after "life-threatening."

    He wasn't just verbally attacked, after all. I'm so glad the shooter wasn't skilled at shooting people!

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  4. Thanks, Don, I needed that.

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  5. "The Man They Couldn't Gun Down".

    It doesn't have quite the same ring as "The Man They Couldn't Hang", but I trust the "Is That So?" nature of his return will do Clint proud.

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