Privat addresses Rotary

Kenny Privat joined Crowley’s Rotary Club during the club luncheon on Tuesday for a “civil discussion about politics.”

Privat start the discussion, however, by mentioning and honoring the veterans in attendance. Veterans from World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Operation: Iraqi Freedom were all in attendance.

He also mentioned several of LSU’s memorials to veterans, most notably Memorial Tower and Alex Box Stadium.

The veterans topic led Privat to his first point: sacrifice.

“That was a tremendous sacrifice you all made,” Privat said to the veterans.

He went on to say that in today’s society the wide scale sacrifices like war bonds or rationing are no longer necessary and thus many do not realize the level of sacrifice veterans have made over the years.

Privat then moved to his main topic of politics, particularly government today.

He stated that we, as a society, often criticize each other instead of creating solutions. Privat referenced how often many get pamphlets about removing this person or that person from office, but never do these pamphlets discuss potential solutions.

Compounding the problem, according to Privat is how elections are now based off of each voter’s personal agendas instead of the community, state or country as a whole and how people don’t clearly decipher opinions and facts anymore.

“The old saying goes, ‘Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts’,” he said. “We don’t look hard enough at what is fact and what is opinion.”

Privat also discussed how more often than not people are likely to insult instead of trying to understand each other. He urged members to remember how important it is to take the initiative to do something.

Rotary Club members periodically got involved with the political debate, but all was kept civil; something Privat hoped to do from the beginning, but knew is very difficult.

Privat rounded off the discussion by reading a few things to lighten the mood, starting with Robert Fulghum’s “All I Ever Really Needed to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” which included sharing and cleaning up your mess.

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