With All Due Respect, by Nikki Haley: Book Review

I just finished reading her book. I wish I would have highlighted more lines, because she had a lot of good things to say—much wisdom. But anyway, I’ll do my best at giving you my overall thoughts and just a few details from the book.

In the first couple chapters Nikki recounted the events of the Charleston murders and how she was affected. You could definitely see her tender and caring heart through the pages—how she had a hard time holding her tears back as she went to every funeral and spoke. This happened when she was still governor.

I’m not sure most people knew this, but Trump really wanted Nikki Haley as his Secretary of State. But she turned him down. A week later he had another offer—U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. At first, she was reluctant, but she eventually agreed, which had a lot to do with her husband Michael and her family; they all were quite excited about the idea.

She recounted how the critics were doubting her ability to do the job and how she actually liked being underestimated, how it motivated her to prove them wrong. She wrote how she spent long hours reading and preparing for the job and how her family was helping her prepare.

One of the strong points of her ambassadorship was how she stood up in front of all the U.N. for Israel—how she said that she was “taking names.” She wrote how there were other countries who agreed with her on many of her bold stances but how they wouldn’t say anything out of fear. She is a lot like Trump in that they are both fighters and act and speak boldly without fear.

I really like reading how she had continual conflicts with and stood up to John Kelly and Tillerson. She recounted how their ideas of saving the country was to stay in the Iran Nuclear Deal and in the Paris climate agreement and by keeping the US embassy in Tel Aviv. She wrote how they secretly came to her and were trying to convince her that what the President was doing was wrong and that they were right. Well, you know how that ended. The President got his way and Kelly and Tillerson were fired. She said, “It was a pleasure and a relief to work with [Mike Pompeo], a Secretary of State who actually supported the President’s agenda and didn’t seek to undermine him.”

Toward the end of the book Nikki Haley wrote how she did her best to improve the situation in a couple African countries where in the refugee camps the women were constantly raped and women and children were murdered and burned alive! She told of how she stood up to the dictators and told them that she was aware of what was going on. She also wrote about what has been going on in Venezuela. But I was surprised when she said, “The day will come when the people of Venezuela and Cuba join the hemisphere of freedom.” I wish I had that same hope.

Why Are People Talking About White Privilege?

I keep hearing the term “white privilege.” I think some people may be suggesting that rich white people need to do more to help the poor black people, or even to somehow make it so that no one is poor anymore. I don’t think that is possible. Even Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you…” (Mark 14:7). I’m sure Jesus didn’t like that people were poor. He just knew that because of sin in the world, there would always be poor people—and also rich people.

But if I am reading what people are saying, they are suggesting that governments can do something about the poor. Well, many governments have been trying to relieve the poor for many centuries, but have always failed. It doesn’t work. That government system is called Socialism or even Communism. It is what they tried in Venezuela, but you see what happened there. That country use to be a rich country. Sure, there were the poor there, but now everyone is poor—except a few at the top who are very rich.

I think we ought to just accept the fact that there are poor people, and rich people, and people in between. Sure, it is up to each of us to help whoever you see that needs help. But please don’t put it on the government. I think the best people can do to help the poor is not only to give to them, but help them to know how they can help themselves. Encourage them and pray for them and be a friend to them.

Please, we need to stop talking bad about rich people. They are not all bad. Many of them worked very hard to get to where they are. Some I know are crooked, but many are good and are great givers. We ought not to think that they should just give all of their money away to help the poor—so as to even things out, or make things fair. We ought to except things as they are. To be content. Whether we are rich or poor, to be content. And don’t think that being rich is all happiness and being poor is all sadness. Many rich people are very sad and many poor are very happy. True happiness has nothing to do with money, but everything to do with our relationship with God in Jesus. He gives us true happiness in Him.