In a 1941 address to the United States Congress, Winston Churchill closed his rousing speech with words that still resonate:
“Still, I avow my hope and faith, sure and inviolate, that in the days to come the British and American peoples will, for their own safety and for the good of all, walk together in majesty, in justice and in peace.”
Director, Outreach and International Secretary of the United Kingdom Conservative Party Colin Bloom called for a reigniting and extension of the values of “justice and peace” at Regent University’s Executive Leadership Series (ELS) luncheon on Tuesday, October 25.
And much like the crux of history the two nations were turning into in the midst of WWII, Bloom explained the U.K. and the U.S. are in a similar history-changing realm nearly 75 years later.
“This is an interesting time in global politics and the United States,” said Bloom. “And the best of Britain loves America, and we’re delighted to have a relationship between the two countries. There is something about your American dream and your pursuit of excellence that makes this an extraordinary place.”
Bloom spoke of the U.K.’s recent Brexit, secession from the European Union, and the changes that took place. Namely, the nation’s former leader stepping down to make way for current Prime Minister Theresa May. He explained that her leadership has been the pair of “steady hands” the nation needs to recover from their transition earlier in the year, when the world was watching them closely.
In that same vein, Bloom explained that the world is now watching the current U.S. election unfold.
“I’ve visited every continent since September, and people all over the world are aghast,” said Bloom.
He aimed to “speak truth with love,” as he explained the international impression of events leading up to the eminent Nov. 8 decision. Peoples divided, he explained, can’t be on guard with losing values such as the free market, liberty, democracy and justice.
“Today, more than ever, these values are under threat,” said Bloom. “We need to defend them and extend them even more. America has got some healing to do. And the level of hatred that’s unhealthy for America long-term is not healthy for the U.K.”
Next month’s ELS will feature LTG (Ret.) William G. “Jerry” Boykin, founding member of Delta Force and world-class expert on leadership and teamwork on Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Learn more about Regent University’s Executive Leadership Series.