“Courage,” it is sometimes said, “is grace under fire.” The same might be said for true leadership.
A Brief Comment by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted April 6th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
I am about as far away as you can get from a monarchist.
And yet, I took a few moments out of my afternoon this April 5th to listen to the address Queen Elizabeth II of England delivered to what is left of the United Kingdom in this 21st Century, and I could not help but feel a little uplifted and assured that we work together and care for one another, we will prevail.
So many of what we all need at a time like this were there, in her words – strength, empathy, reassurance, a reminder that through history, humans have been through dark times like this before, and a will and resolve to find more sunny days on the other side of this one.
“We’ll meet again,” were among her final words – a nod to lyrics of a morale boosting song sung by Vera Lynn for a people enduring the hellfire of the Second World War at home and abroad.
As I reflected on her message, I could not help but compare her composure and the grace of her words to the denial, misinformation and lies, and mad, dysfunctional, self-serving bile spewing from the mouth of the orange-hair monster on the U.S. side of the border – a man who occupies an office that his nation and the world would otherwise look to for strong and steady leadership at a perilous time like this.
First, here is the message from the Queen that you can watch by clicking on the screen immediately below –
Then click on the screen below and take a look at this –
The late U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, a Republican whose name became synomimous with the party that has been circling the drain since Nixon and finished off by Trump, once said this during a time of great crisis, a Civil War that threatened to forever tear his country in two –
“I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.”
Clearly, from his words and behaviour before and during this latest crisis, Trump would not have a clue what Lincoln meant by those words, and his country, Canada, and the rest of the world are in all the more danger for it.
I never thought the day would come that I would pray so much on the words of a monarch, but can we all please hear that message from Her Majesty, Queen of England, one more time?
God Bless the Queen!
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