A Speech That Captures What Republican Leadership Looks Like in 2022–Liz Cheney’s Speech at the Reagan Library

Barack Obama gave a speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention that catapulted him into the national consciousness and eventually lead to him becoming president. Describing a politician’s speech as “presidential” may be overused, but that’s what I thought of when I listened to this speech. She emphasized our most important values, she reminded Americans of the importance to defend the Constitution, putting this above politics, and she used rhetoric to help unify the country (although she had a small political digs in there). In short, she sounded like the type of Republican that I’ve been accustomed to–which was refreshing, but also something that sadly now requires courage. Rep. Cheney certainly has displayed tremendous courage, not just in this speech but her work in the 1/6 Committee and her public criticism of Trump. She has made herself a pariah in her party, and may lose her seat in Congress. And she’s doing this to defend the Constitution–to keep her oath.

I highly recommend listening to this (start around the 14:00 minute mark). I not only found her words inspiring, but also the moments and energy of the crowd’s applause.

3 thoughts on “A Speech That Captures What Republican Leadership Looks Like in 2022–Liz Cheney’s Speech at the Reagan Library

    1. Somebody else sent me this link too and I’m definitely going to watch it. This last two weeks has been a little crazy at work and I’m behind on my consumption (except consumption of food, which somehow I’ve found time to ramp up) so hopefully this long weekend. I still have 30 minutes to go on the sixth hearing. It’s been like that. Ten minutes here and fifteen minutes there.

    2. I still have 30 minutes to go on the sixth hearing. It’s been like that. Ten minutes here and fifteen minutes there.

      Same here.

      Do you know if anyone has put together good abridged versions of the hearings, featuring the most important parts? I don’t think many people will sit through the entire hearings. I have a feeling large numbers of people are getting information from video clips of the hearings from nightly news or news articles, which might be good enough, I guess.

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