Campus Event Commentary on Susan Rice — Jackson Warmack

Susan Rice, much like John Kasich, didn’t want to spend her time talking politics. However, where Kasich gave a corny motivational speech, Rice self-reflected, dolling out insights on bigotry, leadership, and patriotism. She did this through stories, recalling the many mistakes she has made and the many barriers she has hurdled. Rice was honest and open, criticizing people (sometimes herself), systems, and institutions whenever she felt it necessary

 Rice displayed tough love. The title of her memoir could easily be her life motto – and that’s what made Rice such a captivating speaker. Everything she said, she believed. She held nothing back. And yet, she didn’t criticize people to put them down — she criticized people in hopes they would get better.

For example, in many instances last night, it was made clear that the Audience didn’t like Trump. They were content to laugh at him, and largely give up on him. Rice, though not a Trump supporter, continually hoped things in the administration would get better – she doesn’t want to see Trump fail so she can get a good laugh in.

This sort of sentiment is what’s missing in current American politics, and Rice was quick to point this out. We’re free to criticize, and we’re free to dislike. However, we’re not free to hope for another’s failure. No matter what side of the aisle a person is on, they all want to help improve America. This is important to keep in mind, and it’s the elusive “love” in “tough love.” Thanks for reminding us of that, Susan Rice.

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