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Mr. Rogers Taught the Power of Love

Deroy Murdock’s article contrasting the supposed strength of President Trump’s U.N. speech as being akin to Muhammad Ali, compared to a weakling President Obama’s “Mr. Rogers’ approach,” misses the mark.

I do not object to Murdock lauding Trump over Obama. That’s outside my jurisdiction. But I protest most vigorously the implication in that comparison that Mr. Rogers was weak.

Mr. Rogers was not milquetoast. Rather, he exhibited and taught children the meaning and power of unconditional love. It is difficult to watch clips from his children’s program without being deeply moved.

Love is the most powerful force on the planet. It is our only real hope. In that regard, Mr. Rogers was one of our strongest and most effective leaders. It is a profound mistake to use his name as a metaphor for weak or ineffectual, because he was exactly the opposite.

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