Does the “other side” have a good motive?

By Tom Quiner


No, the other side does not have a good motive.

Democrats despised President Bush and former Speaker Newt Gingerich.  They didn’t trust their motives.

Republicans despise President Obama and Speaker Pelosi.  They don’t trust their motives.

It wasn’t always this way in America, was it?

One of America’s great commentators on politics and culture, Peggy Noonan, talks about America shortly after President Obama’s election in 2008.  Watch the interview above for Ms. Noonan’s always astute insights.

A few gems: President Obama is NOT particularly eloquent. Print out his speeches and read them. They are not memorable.

By contrast, print out Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and you will get goose bumps.

She laughed at then candidate Obama’s infamous line that determining when life begins is above his pay grade. She said ask any teen age boy who’s buying a pack of condoms when life begins if you want the correct (and obvious) answer.

Ms. Noonan said a line from Pope Benedict sticks with her when contemplating her life and the world: “God is in charge of history.” She adds: “do your best … it’s not all on you, but do your best.”

Ms. Noonan calls for more grace in our political life … and sees a need to assume that the other side has good motives.