When I started this, I began with a list of why today is bad. But we know why it’s bad. We know the person who will be sworn in at noon EST today, and we know what he did to get there, and we know what we’re losing and what we could have had. And the campaign itself did damage to this country in ways we’re still learning.
But we’re still America. Still the United States. This country has faced bad times, divisive times, times we have done things for which we are ashamed. But, we survived them and as a country, and while we haven’t righted all the wrongs we could, or even, at times, come close, we have TRIED. We keep on trying, we keep on growing.
We are a nation founded on the idea, however imperfectly implemented, that we are all equal under the law, we are all valuable, we all have a say, even if it’s just a blog post or a tweet or a wordless scream as loud as a shofar blast. And that is what we must continue to fight – to not be silenced, to not be erased, to not let the forces of authoritarianism make us disappear.
And if we do that, if we keep information flowing, and ideas flowing, and listen for when it stops, we can stay who we are. We can keep the idea alive. We can keep America alive. We can keep our say and our presence. We can still work for equality under the law and righting the wrongs. And while it doesn’t seem this way right now, we can even try to heal the harm that’s already happened.
Keep the idea alive.