Definition of REVENGE
: to avenge (as oneself) usually by retaliating in kind or degree
: to inflict injury in return for <revenge an insult>
Pardon me for taking the above comment personally, but what have we, the supporters of Mitt Romney, done, that requires someone to take revenge upon us? For that is the context and intent of President Obama’s comment. I really wish I understood what terrible offense has been committed that requires such a strong sense of retribution against me.
There have been a lot of divisive comments made during the campaign. I’m trying to decide why this one disturbs me most. I think it is because it ISN’T a statement that the one side is making against the other one, isn’t a piece of negative campaigning. That I could easily fathom. But this is a course of action and motivation recommended to supporters — an appeal to what should be one of their basic motivations.
If this is really a motivating factor, then I find myself concerned about a leader brought to power by such appeals to base instincts . If it isn’t a true motivating factor, then the person who gave the challenge is way out of touch, which is also not a good thing for a leader.
The above quote instantly brought another presidential quote, this one from President Lincoln, to my mind, as a counter-point:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, … to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
Please do not vote for revenge, but vote for love of country. And after the voting is done, let us seek malice toward none, and charity for all.