I wish you a truly wonderful Solstice my friends. On this day of renewal, as we honor and revere the eternal cycle of our existence, it is important to remember that there are many who suffer in silence through adversity and persecution in every community across our country and indeed the breadth of the world. We must not avert our gaze while others are forced to endure such pain and offer them such comfort as we are able.
It may seem that the challenges we face are too difficult to overcome but this is an illusion, a specter of despair that only hope and faith can conquer. Our differences appear to divide us but our diversity is also our greatest strength. Today we renew our commitment to reach an accord with our opponents through compromise forged in the strength of our love and tempered by our limitless capacity for compassion.
Even those privileged few who wield the greatest power for change in our great nation face the soul-crushing depression that often smothers our hearts in the wake of absolute failure. When the Speaker of the House of Representatives bows his head under the weight of absolute rejection by his own peers, his public persona shattered, every one of us should pause for a moment of serious reflection. The sight of Mr. Boehner’s tears, the outward sign of his overwhelming frustration and despair, should not be considered just cause for celebration among those of us who oppose his ideology.
Mr. Boehner deserves our sympathy and yes, our understanding, for though the unfolding debacle in America’s House may very well signal the end of the Republican Party as we know it, we mustn’t dismiss the confusion and chaos that accompanies such upheaval. The sound of the Speaker’s pain echoing through the hallowed halls of our nation’s capital should resonate within our hearts, and I for one feel for him deeply. May his effort to find a solution toward progress and compromise continue and may he finally find success. Blessed Be.