Tuesday, November 04, 2008

What to do while waiting to celebrate or mourn the election results

My friend Bethany sent me a series of interesting quotes and links today. I usually dread and promptly delete forwarded emails, but these linked to original sources so I was wont to render them credible, and the timeliness could not be beat. It is, after all, election day.

Rex E. Lee was United States Solicitor General for several years, then president of BYU. I think he is widely respected and lauded as a constitutional genius. I very much enjoyed reading this speech he gave at BYU in 1991. Of interest to me: his assertion that God caused the Constitution to come about, but that it is not perfect and is not scripture; a personal grievance with our country's laws or politics is not a fulfillment of the constitution "hanging by a thread" prophecy; I am not "the sole heir of James Madison's wisdom" (and neither are you); and the ever-relevant reminder that our liberties are directly tied to our righteousness.

Read, read!

4 comments:

AzĂșcar said...

This is one of my MOST FAVORITE TALKS EVER. Thanks for linking it.

He was amazing. I got to meet with him once with a group of friends to talk about constitutional law; talk about a seminal experience.

Christen said...

I loved it!

Bethany is awesome.

Andelin said...

Thanks Christen! So sweet. Emily, the link you were looking for just in case you don't get my email is... http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=1846d0640b96b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1

Hope that helps!

P.S. Thanks for not automatically deleting my forwards. And don't worry, I don't send forwards as a rule, unsolicited. (I hope you have realized that since I've never sent any to you before this, and don't plan on ever again). But this was interesting stuff to me, and I wanted to share with someone whom I thought could appreciate the coolness of it. So thanks for getting that and for being one of those people! ~Bethany

Kijuana said...

Hi Emily! I was just getting caught up on your blog and it is mighty delicious stuff! I must say that as a fellow non-democrat Obama supporter that I am SOO HAPPY with the election outcome. My friends in DC and NY said there were celebrations in the street, cabbies stopped and honked their horns and police officers were cheering into their microphones. I am so pleased that my children will get to grow up in a country where a black president is normal. It will empower so many people to strive for more in their own lives. He is not perfect and he may make mistakes but it is an incredible step in the right direction for our country. Due to his background, he is truly multi-cultural...Also, I read many of the comments in your earlier posting regarding race. Unfortunately, it does matter. Living in Utah I have had many a crazy experience...also in DC sadly. I don't 'seem' black, I have been categorized because I'm 'only half black', and other ridiculousness. I'm educated, I have a good job and speak well--so what?! That doesn't make me any less immune from racism. Our Father in Heaven made us all different, beautiful and unique and commanded that we love one another. It troubles me that we have a difficult time doing that. Anyways, I could go on forever but just know that I love you! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving.