Dear Commons Community,
Last night was another wowser of an evening filled with oratory by a host of mostly non-politicians and concluding with Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech.
There was the Reverend William Barber II, President of the NAACP in North Caroline, who gave a sermon on moral responsibility to our fellowmen and women.
There was Gen. John Allen, (Ret.) who was the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, and who endorsed Hillary Clinton as the best candidate to lead our armed forces. As he made his comments, he was flanked by about two dozen war veterans representing every race and ethnicity in our country, and the audience applauding with chants of USA.
Chelsea Clinton introduced her mother in a most dignified and personal way. The night concluded with Hillary Clinton giving as fine a speech as she can. She humanized herself by talking about her grandfather and parents. She gave a few good knocks to Donald Trump. She concluded with what “we” not “I” would do for the country if elected.
The most touching speech of the night came from the father of Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan who was killed in Iraq. The father, Khizr Khan, spoke about the heroism of his son, who was killed by a vehicle loaded with hundreds of pounds of explosives. The 27-year-old soldier, who was born in the United Arab Emirates, ordered his unit to halt while he walked toward the vehicle, saving the lives of his fellow soldiers.
With his wife standing beside him, Khan brought Democratic delegates to their feet by denouncing Trump and his proposed ban on Muslims.
“Hillary Clinton was right when she called my son the best of America. If it was up to Donald Trump, he never would have been in America,” he said. “Donald Trump consistently smears the character of Muslims. He disrespects other minorities, women, judges, and even his own party leadership. Donald Trump loves to build walls and ban us from this country.”
Khan then addressed the Republican nominee directly.
“Let me ask you, have you even read the U.S. Constitution? I will gladly lend you my copy,” he said, pulling a copy of the document from his pocket.
“Look for the words ‘liberty’ and ‘equal protection of law.’ Have you ever been to Arlington National Cemetery? Go look at the graves of the brave patriots who died defending this country,” he said.
“You have sacrificed nothing,” he said, to roars from the crowd. “We cannot solve our problems by building walls. We are stronger together. We will keep getting stronger when Hillary Clinton becomes our president.”
He brought the house down and tears to the eyes of many in the audience!