Tuesday, November 15, 2022

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Whether or not there was divine intervention, Kari Lake has gotten what she deserves.


This brings to mind Abraham Lincoln's great line,. No, not that one, the probably spurious  "Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side. My great concern is to be on God's side." It sounds great but if we are on God's side, God unavoidably is on our side (not surprising, then, that Barack Obama favored the line). Instead, in his Funeral Address Delivered at the Burial of President Lincoln (courtesy of Emory University Libraries), Reverend Matthew Simpson on May 4, 1865, stated

To a minister who said he hoped the Lord was on our side, he replied that it gave him no concern whether the Lord was on our side or not "For," he added, "I know the Lord is always on the side of right," and with deep feeling added, "But God is my witness that it is my constant anxiety prayer that both myself and this nation should be on the Lord's side."

It's unsurprising that a thoughtful yearning in which "it is my constant anxiety prayer that (we) be on the Lord's side" has been distorted to a pithier version. But Lincoln evidently lacked the certainty- nay, arrogance- of believing they know God's will that Kari Lake and many public figures have today.

By contrast, Navarro-Cardenas, though for many years a supporter of John McCain, says only, and properly, "wherever he may be."  It may be where Arizona's losing gubernatorial candidate appears convinced it is or instead where Navarro-Cardenas and most of us hope it is- but it is not Kari Lake's decision, nor hers to know. 


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