“I want to speak now”

In an episode of my favourite show, The West Wing, President Bartlett wasted a whole year of his administration staying ‘safe’.

And then he realised that for some issues, being safe wasn’t enough. And in a conversation with Leo, his chief of staff, he said:

“This is more important than re-election. I want to speak now.” 

Standing here today, looking at some of the issues I have largely remained silent on, I feel the same.

This is more important thank keeping the peace of people I don’t like, don’t see and don’t respect. I want to speak now. And I’m going to. 

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