'We have to stand with each other, lift each other up'

Hillary Clinton during her victory speech in Columbia after last Saturday's Democratic presidential primary results came in.

Hillary Clinton during her victory speech in Columbia after last Saturday's Democratic presidential primary results came in.

We live in a time of tweets...and caws. But last Saturday night in Columbia, as Hillary Clinton addressed workers and supporters at her victory celebration, it was a time for old-fashioned, uplifting oratory. She obliquely rebuked the increasingly likely Republican presidential nominee, but instead of dwelling on the sting, she expertly pivoted back to being positive about meeting the nation's challenges: "We don't need to make America great again. America has never stopped being great.....But we do need to make America whole again."

For her message about moving forward, against "systemic racism" and other barriers, she got help from one of the greatest preachers, the author of 1 Corinthians 13: 

"Love never fails. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

She concluded in her own words and cadences::

" I know it sometimes seems a little odd for someone running for President in these days and this time to say we need  more love and kindness in America. But I'm telling you from the bottom of my heart we do, we do. We have so much to look forward to. There's no doubt in my mind that America's best years can be ahead of us. We have to believe that. We've got to work for that. We have to stand with each other. We have to hold each other up, lift each other up, move together in the future we make."

Presidential campaigns, we know, can bring out the worst in the combatants, as the 2016 primary goings on have shown us many times over. But what was said in Columbia Saturday night suggests we are in for better moments too. And maybe enduring ones.

TOM GRUBISICH