Champion of Freedom: Ed Meese Worthy of President's Honor
October 09, 2019
I'm from Louisiana, so I know a thing or two about swamps. For one, they can be difficult places to navigate. When I came to Washington, D.C. 16 years ago, I also knew that this "Swamp" would be a tough place for someone wanting to make an impact with conservative principles. I knew that if I didn't follow in the footsteps of the right people, I'd get stuck quickly in the mire of D.C. So, I made a list of people to meet with whom I knew could impart such wisdom. Attorney General Ed Meese was at the top of that short list.
This week, Ed was honored by President Trump as he received America's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. I can't think of anyone more deserving. For decades, Ed's humility and wisdom has made him a trusted counselor to presidents as well as aspiring young leaders. His legacy could easily be mistaken for the accomplishments of several people across several generations, but it's all one man. One man, who doesn't do it alone. Ed's unyielding devotion to his country is eclipsed only by his deep faith in God, the abiding love for his wife of over 60 years, Ursula, and their family.
Ed Meese is one of a kind, and the 86-year-old isn't finished yet. He's the epitome of a servant leader who, having left his imprint on our country, is still influencing America today. Even at his own award ceremony, he was busy praising the president's judicial appointments, his emphasis on religious liberty, and his support of our military. Always giving due credit, Meese remarked, "As I stand here today, I can't do anything other than to thank and praise God for the opportunities and the blessings that I've received over the course of my life."
America needs more champions of freedom like Ed Meese.
Tony Perkins's Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.