The incredible confluence of four major events including two SCOTUS decisions in line with the feelings of a majority of the population and in support of the president, the gracious, loving, forgiving responses of Black Charlestonians followed by the coming together of Black and White in response to the tragic church murders, and the resulting unification of SC politicians over quickly resolving the confederate flag issue resulted in a week that will certainly be the high point of the president's two terms. And on Friday, responding to an opportunity presented with perfect timing, he stepped up to the podium in Charleston and claimed his victory with class as he warmly eulogized Senator Pinckney (with some politics and music thrown in.)
Had the response to the same sex marriage question been negative or had the Affordable Care Act subsidies been terminated or had there been riots and destruction in Charleston, or had Governor Haley defended the Battle Flag of Northern Virginia, it would have been a much unhappier week.
The simple truth is that all these events delivered results aligned with clear majorities of the American people. Less than a majority strongly favor same sex marriage, but a majority willingly accepts it. Far less than a majority have been digging into the details of the health care legislation and are happy it is in place, but very few wanted to see subsidies put in place by the government a couple of years ago suddenly yanked away by that same government. And less than a majority strongly favored removal of the flag, but more than a majority is quite willing and happy to see it go to a different display space. And I suspect only a tiny minority, mostly out of staters, as apparently was the case in Baltimore and Ferguson, had any interest in rioting and demonstrations in response to the murders.
My hope and prayer are that peace will increase and discontent will decrease now that these issues have been resolved. That will require respect be shown to those who still believe, based either on their religious faith or on human physiology, or on both, that marriage is between one man and one woman, that continuous effort be spent by Congress on improving the Affordable Care Act, and that South Carolina legislators follow through on promises to deal NOW with the flag issue.
If all that comes to pass, freedom, peace, and joy will increase, the Affordable Care Act of 2030 will bear as little resemblance to the legislation passed in 2009 as the Social Security and Medicare of today bear to the original laws passed in 1935 and 1965 respectively. And docents at the South Carolina State Museum will enjoy telling visitors of the different flags flown by the Confederacy and the meaning and significance of each.
So, can we now turn full attention to the crisis of mayhem, torture, expulsion, and murder emanating from the Middle East and infecting the world, to meaningful tax reform at the state and national levels, and to paying down our federal debt? (Greece may have some excuse for spending so much more than they have. This rich country has no excuse.)