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Some Nice Words Before We Retire Lindsey Graham From The Presidential Trail

December 21, 2015

Today Lindsey Graham suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president.  Over time I have posted about the senator and as it has been noted I him smart and impressive.  That does not mean I agree with his conservative ideas or his fondness for everything that Israel does or tries to do in the Middle East.  But when it comes to a powerful intellect I want more people like Graham in the U.S. Senate.

Last week he made a statement at the Republican debate that I very much appreciated.  Time did not allow for me to comment about it, but as Graham in now exiting the presidential race I feel it needs to be mentioned.

Graham had the spine and moral DNA to offer an apology to the Muslim world for the outrages of Donald Trump.  He stated in an emotional way that the words and actions of Trump doesn’t reflect America’s attitude toward Islam.

“Donald Trump has done the one single thing you cannot do — declare war on Islam itself”.   How true that is.

Smart people like Graham know that this time of  tumult in the Islamic world (something many learned people liken to the reformation process as the faith works towards modernity) is not a clash of civilizations and should not in any way be handled on the international stage as if that were true.

Therefore his words at the debate were simply refreshing and deeply appreciated by a world that does seek answers instead of mindless bombast.  “To all of our Muslim friends throughout the world, like the King of Jordan and the President of Egypt, I am sorry. He does not represent us.”

I sincerely wish that Lindsey Graham–who I do think is gay–can now with the end of his quest for the White House come to terms with himself and come out of the closet.   Nothing in politics is worth living a lie for.

This will not be the last post on my blog about Graham.   But it is clearly one of my most sincere.

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