Live from Music Row, Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary.
Michael, it’s actually on that very subject of Queen Elizabeth and really on it’s possible to have even a larger subject. It’s the subject of leadership. And it’s really quite interesting to look at the life of Queen Elizabeth.
She ascended to the throne upon the death of her father. She ascended to the throne when she was, I hear, 25, and I hear 26. So I don’t know the exact age that she was, but it was 25 or 26. And then she served as queen for 70 years.
And in her speech at the very beginning, she asked people to pray for her, to give her wisdom, to do her job as well as she possibly could, and to serve the people of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. We can all find statements that various people have made or actions that people have done that we find petty and we find fault with.
But you can’t do that with Queen Elizabeth. At least I can’t. She served for 70 years, and when I say served, that is the way that she viewed her position, her job, as it were. And she represented the people of Great Britain like no one on the planet did.
And then she served greater humanity by showing grace and leadership for 70 years. And she had many of opportunities to say spiteful things about other people, other individuals. And so it’s interesting to see the reaction.
We actually have an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University who said, I heard the chief monarch of a thriving raping genocidal is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.
If that person is still employed after the president of Carnegie Mellon hears that then that is not only an indictment on that professor but an indictment on the president of that university and its board of directors.
We are at a time in our society, greatness, success, and prosperity are not given. They don’t just happen. And I’m going to switch over, but it still applies. In the country of Chile. The people recently elected a socialist president.
I mean, a person who said, I’m a socialist. And they elected that person, and then that person set about to change the constitution. When Pinochet was the president of Chile, he was a dictator and he wiped out the terrorists and he wiped out the communists, much to the chagran of the left, but he did those things.
And then at the end of his time as president of Chile, he created a constitution for that country. And part of that constitution said the only way this constitution can be changed is by a vote of the people. And maybe it was put in, I don’t know, but maybe it was actually adopted by a vote of the people.
But anyway, it became the constitution of Chile. And the president of Chile, the new socialist president, then sought to offer an alternative constitution that promised free health care, free education, free housing, and free food.
And as a right, who’s not for that? But it failed 64 to 36. The people of Chile realized that making promises doesn’t mean that things will actually be and then, to his credit, at least initially, the President of Chile said, I will honor the will of the voters and I will do my best to make Chile a better country.
Now, that is the opposite of the United States. If the president of Chile had been Joe Biden, he would have called all the people who voted to keep the current constitution a bunch of what you name it. He would have been just like this professor from Carnegie Mellon.
And then you look at Trump’s statements and Biden’s statements that they issued. Biden’s statement did not have the word God in it a single time, talking about the Queen. And when you listen to the Queen’s speeches and her statements, over time, it could not be clearer that she had a profound belief in God as the Christian God.
But she didn’t disparage Muhammad or Allah. She didn’t disparage them. But she was very strong in her own personal beliefs and what that meant to her and what she thought that meant to humanity.
And so when you look at the world today, absent Queen Elizabeth, there is not a single person that I can look to in the entire world that I think exudes the leadership qualities that are needed to navigate a very difficult time, not just in the United States, but in the world. She was a great person and her loss will be felt by everyone.
Listen to today’s show highlights, including this interview:
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