The eulogy everyone in America ought to listen to
We need to be more like Mark Meadows and Elijah Cummings.
No, by that I don’t mean we must be either conservative Republicans like Meadows or liberal Democrats like Cummings.
I mean we need to get better at seeing the good in each other instead of judging people solely on whether they are “one of us” or “one of them” politically.
Just on Saturday morning I read two examples of how ridiculous the political divide has become. Trump supporters want to impeach Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, their party’s 2012 nominee for president, because he opposes Trump.
Meanwhile, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, canceled a trip to a predominately black college in South Carolina because the school gave an award to Trump for his work on prison reform.
The same level (or worse) of obstinance and unforgiveness exists on social media. Like the Queen of Hearts in “Alice in Wonderland,” if anyone strays one step from the acceptable orthodoxy, it’s off with their heads.
Mark Meadows and Elijah Cummings did not see it that way. To be sure, both were partisan warriors for their respective sides of the aisle, but they saw the good in each other and formed a strong and lasting friendship.
No doubt by this point some readers are dashing to their computers to fire off a letter to me, asking how I dare speak favorably of Meadows when last year he said … or he supports …
Others are composing letters asking how I dare speak favorably of Cummings when last year he said … or he supports …
Such arguments prove my point. I am not a champion of either man’s political career; I am a champion of both men’s humanity.
If they could put aside each other’s political pronouncements, why can’t you?
Here is what Meadows said last week at Cummings’s memorial service, choking back tears as he spoke. (I heard it on the Michael Medved radio program and saw a clip on CBS.com)
“He’s called a number of things — a father, a husband, friend, chairman. For me, I was privileged enough to be able to call him a dear friend.
“Some have classified it as an unexpected friendship, but for those of us that know Elijah, it’s not unexpected or surprising.”
Meadows said he and Cummings shared personal stories and intimate secrets “that Elijah never shared with anyone because he was a man of his word.”
He continued: “Scripture talks about, ‘Let not your heart be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.’ ”
“So Elijah has left his tent to go to a mansion, a better place. Perhaps this place and this country would be better served with a few more unexpected friendships. I know I’ve been blessed by one.”
William P. Warford’s column appears every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.
Don’t be like the Queen of Hearts; be like Meadows and Cummings