Robert Gehl reports that Rep. John Lewis told graduates at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts that they should “get in trouble” and “get in the way,” and that their “country needs you now more than ever before.”
In the commencement speech, the civil rights leader, who is now a Georgia Democratic congressman, equated many of the challenges he faced during the civil rights movement to today.
Under President John F. Kennedy, “there was a greater sense of hope and a greater sense of optimism.”
“We must rebuild that sense of hope, that sense of optimism and never let anything get you down,” Lewis said.
He bragged about having been arrested five times since he was elected to Congress, discussed the importance of civil disobedience and the importance of “comprehensive immigration reform.”
“And since I’ve been in Congress, arrested another five times,” Lewis said. “My last arrest, almost two years ago, and two other private citizens and eight Democratic members of Congress had a protest on the Capitol grounds, trying to get the speaker of the House to bring forth a comprehensive immigration reform bill … It doesn’t make sense for millions and millions of people, including little children, to be living in fear in the United States of America. Set people on the path to citizenship!”
Near the end of his speech, he discussed the “mean spirit in America” and called on students to “get in the way, get in trouble” and combat things that are “not fair.”
“Go out there, get in the way, get in trouble—good trouble, necessary trouble and make some noise,” Lewis said.
“Our country needs you now more than ever before,” Lewis said. “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have a moral obligation, a mandate to stand up, speak up and speak out.”
Here’s the speech:
Lewis is a master of exaggeration. In reaction to Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, Lewis said people will die.
Those who are sick will suffer, and some of them will die. This is a shame and a disgrace. May God have mercy on us all.
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) May 4, 2017
After the firing of FBI Director James Comey, he was equally hyperbolic:
The firing of FBI Director James Comey reminds me of another dark period in America’s history.
— John Lewis (@repjohnlewis) May 13, 2017
H/T: The Blaze