As our nation grieves the tragic events across our beloved country, former President George W. Bush reminds the world of what really matters. Every American needs to hear this.
It’s no secret that countless Americans used to mock former President George W. Bush for his oratory skills throughout his time in the White House.
But love him or hate him, one thing is for certain: his speech on Tuesday is one we can all learn and benefit from. And man, oh man, do I miss having this guy in the White House!
On Tuesday, former President George W. Bush joined President Barack Obama and Police Chief David Brown to honor the five fallen Dallas police officers who died during last week’s horrific sniper attack.
With the weight of the world on his shoulders, George W. Bush somberly stepped up to the podium to deliver his best attempt of offering hope to a nation in chaos and mourning.
In the midst of our nation’s great sorrow, George W. Bush’s speech reminded the watching world what the heart of a true American looks like — and it’s no wonder his powerful message has gone viral.
It’s often been said, “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” And I just can’t help but think that as George Bush’s powerful message resonates with countless hearts across the country.
1. Bush had no political agenda coming to the memorial; instead he gave honor where honor was due and acknowledged our nation’s grieving families.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” Romans 12:15
“Most of us imagine, if the moment called for it, that we would risk our lives to protect a spouse or a child. Those wearing the uniform assume that risk for the safety of strangers. They and their families share the unspoken knowledge that each new day can bring new dangers.”
“We are proud of the men we mourn – and of the community that has rallied to honor them and support the wounded… With their deaths, we have lost so much. We are grief-stricken, heartbroken, and forever grateful.”
“Today, all of us feel a sense of loss – but not equally. I’d like to conclude with a word to the families, the spouses, and especially the children of the fallen. Your loved one’s time with you was too short, and they did not get the chance to properly say goodbye. But they went where duty called. They defended us, even to the end. They finished well. We will not forget what they did for us. Your loss is unfair. We cannot explain it. We can stand beside you and share your grief. And we can pray that God will comfort you with a hope deeper than sorrow and stronger than death.”
2. Bush inspired kindness and love instead of judgement and hate.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34
“At our best, we practice empathy, imagining ourselves in the lives and circumstances of others. This is the bridge across our nation’s deepest divisions. And it is not merely a matter of tolerance, but of learning from the struggles and stories of our fellow citizens, and finding our better selves in the process.
At our best, we honor the image of God we see in one another. We recognize that we are brothers and sisters, sharing the same brief moment on earth, and owing each other the loyalty of our shared humanity.
At our best, we know we have one country, one future, one destiny. We do not want the unity of grief. Nor do we want the unity of fear. We want the unity of hope, affection, and high purpose.
We know that the kind of just, humane country we want to build – that we have seen in our best dreams – is made possible when men and women in uniform stand guard. At their best, when they are trained and trusted and accountable, they free us from fear.
The Apostle Paul said, ‘For God gave us a spirit not of fear, but of strength and love and self-control.’ Those are the best responses to fear in the life of our country. And they are the code of the peace officer.”
3. Bush reminded us to hold fast to the Faith and American Spirit which unites us.
“Do we not all have one Father? Has not one God created us?” Malachi 2:10
“At times, it seems like the forces pulling us apart are stronger than the forces binding us together. Argument turns too easily into animosity. Disagreement escalates too quickly into dehumanization. Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions. And this has strained our bonds of understanding and common purpose.
But Americans, I think, have a great advantage. To renew our unity, we only need to remember our values. We have never been held together by blood or background. We are bound by things of the spirit – by shared commitments to common ideals.”
Watch former President George W. Bush’s powerful speech in the video below — I promise, you don’t want to miss it:
Love him or hate him, one thing is for certain, George W. Bush’s speech is changing America.
Thank you, George W. Bush, for your powerful and convicting message of hope. The world needs more bright-shining beacons of hope like George W. Bush, please share if you agree!