Some excerpts from Jay Nordlinger’s comments after Condoleeza Rice’s speech last night to the Republican Convention:
She said that the Pennsylvania plane — you know what I mean by that — was “driven into the ground by brave citizens who died so that others might live.” Powerfully stated.
“Dictators in Iran and Syria butcher their own people and threaten the security of the region; China and Russia prevent a response.” Very interesting for an ex-secretary of state to have fingered China and Russia like that. Good. Frank.
And the world wonders, said Condi, “Where does America stand?” Yes, they do — and that is dangerous both for the world and for the U.S. One could elaborate, over hundreds of pages . . .
She acknowledged that there is a “weariness” among Americans — “a sense that we have carried these burdens,” meaning burdens of leadership, “long enough.” But, she continued, “if we are not inspired to lead again, one of two things will happen: No one will lead, and that will foster chaos; or others who do not share our values will fill the vacuum.”
I believe that is true — a hard and necessary truth to know.
Interesting for Rice to have spoken about energy — so crucial an issue, and one on which the Democratic and Republican parties are poles apart: “We must not allow the chance to attain energy independence to slip from our grasp. We have a great gift of oil and gas reserves here in North America that must be and can be developed while protecting our environment.” Yes, yes.
Did you get a load of this? “Ours has never been a narrative of grievance and entitlement. We have not believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have not been envious of one another and jealous of each other’s success. Ours has been a belief in opportunity and a constant battle — long and hard — to extend the benefits of the American dream to all — without regard to circumstances of birth.”
Perfect. And that word “grievance” — she used it at least once more. The defeat of the grievance culture is vital to American health and harmony.
“We need to have high standards for our students. Self-esteem comes from achievement, not from lax standards and false praise.”