Rex Tillerson, the ousted Secretary of State to the Trump administration, spoke at the Virginia Military Institutes graduation ceremony. He emphasized that what makes America different from Iran, China, Russia, and other adversaries is its commitment to fact-based truths. And he expects doomsday if the U.S. starts accepting alternate realities not based on a set of facts.
“If we do not as Americans confront the crisis of ethics and integrity in our society and among our leaders in both private and public sector, and regrettably at times even the nonprofit sector, then American democracy as we know it is entering its twilight years,” Tillerson said.
He ended his speech by sharing his hope for the class: that they would live happy lives through focusing on ideals that unite people while holding their integrity close.