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Testing Compassionate Conservatism

by Joni Harrington Smith - Volume 1 Issue 29 January 18, 2001

The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty always supports the truth, no matter how painful that truth can be -- to friends, to family, or to supporters. We know that out of painful truth can develop a real chance to make positive change. Having faced our demons, we are stronger for the challenge. Having stood naked before the world, we are humbled, and humility can lead to character growth.

Our beloved Patrick Henry was a Patriot, but he was first and foremost a man of God, and a man who knew how to forgive -- yes, forgive even those who had declared themselves to be his sworn enemies.

We all "sin and fall short of the glory of God" donít we? Reverend Jessie Jacksonís recent admittance of fathering a child out of wedlock is a wonderful opportunity for Compassionate Conservatives. We must embrace our brother who has historically and courageously accepted fatherly responsibility for his actions. The babyís mother, Ms Karin Stanford, made the right and healthy choice to deliver their beautiful baby girl. When this little girl is old enough, she will be so proud of her two parents who did not punish her existence, but rather embraced and supported her.

Hopefully this little girl will be blessed with her fatherís powerful gifts of outreach and oration. Perhaps someday she may even lead a new generation toward greater racial harmony and equal opportunity for all.

Reverend Jacksonís comments last night:

"I am father to a daughter who was born outside of my marriage. As her mother does, I love this child very much and have assumed responsibility for her emotional and financial support since she was born. This is no time for evasions, denials or alibis. I fully accept responsibility and I am truly sorry for my actions."

Taking the Reverend Jessie Jackson at his word, The Patrick Henry Center celebrates his willingness to be a man, a father, and also his courageous admission that he is a seriously flawed human being who desperately needs, and seeks forgiveness.

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Miss Joni Harrington Smith is Executive Director and Director of Development and Communication for The Patrick Henry Center. She is former Special Assistant to Family of the Americas president Mercedes Arzu Wilson, and member of the Board of Family of the Americas. Miss Smith joined the Patrick Henry Center in January, 2001

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