Khizr and Ghazala Khan were on MSNBC this morning. No, America was on MSNBC this morning. The America I was taught in school. The America that aspires to live up to its ideals. The America that good and grateful people put on the uniform to defend. And, perhaps, to die for.
Watch the segment below, not to hate on Donald Trump for his crassness and inability to empathize with the Khans—he has continued his thoughtless attacks this morning—but to feel sorry for Trump. To pity him because he will never know what it means to be an American in the truest sense of the word. He will never know what Khizr Khan meant when he said of his family this morning, “we are, really, testament to the goodness of this country.” He will never understand, in the way the Khans do, that “this nation is unique in the history of mankind.”
More than that, Donald Trump will never in a thousand lifetimes understand what Mr. Khan meant when he responded to a request that he say something about his son that would help Americans better understand Capt. Humayun Khan. Here is what the amazing American father said, as he pointed to his wife:
I would ask this Gold Star mother, this brave lady, to say that. Share that conversation she had that defines him, that explains to America what a wonderful son they raised, this country, this nation, raised. We were only a vessel.
I have never heard anyone express a more moving and more powerful sentiment about America. U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan was our son. He belonged to all of us. All of us were in some way responsible for raising him, for instilling in him the values that make America “unique in the history of mankind.” Values that we sometimes fail to appreciate and too often fail to honor but always need to keep before our eyes and the eyes of our children.
And this November we need to appreciate and honor those values. Because America has more children to raise.