Ken Blackwell

In doing so, he gave a stirring example of courage to the nation. Novelist Ernest Hemingway described courage as “grace under pressure.” Armando Galarraga proved himself a hero. So, actually, did Jim Joyce. When confronted with his error on the videotape replay—a technology unavailable for tens of thousands of games over baseball’s century-long history—Joyce humbly acknowledged his error.

Maybe President Obama doesn’t have to invite Mrs. Sherrod, Secretary Vilsack, and the Spooners to the White House for a beer summit. After all, once is enough. But the President does have the power to make this right.

Here is an opportunity for all of us. Shirley Sherrod should be reinstated. We can all learn a lesson in humility. We can all learn something about forgiveness and grace from this story. And, after all, don’t we Americans love happy endings?

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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