We are all Democrats, we are all Republicans. We are all Americans. And yet, we may destroy the power of that pledge – - Ashley Hamilton

We are all Democrats, we are all Republicans. We are all Americans. And yet, we may destroy the power of that pledge –

We are all Democrats, we are all Republicans. We are all Americans. And yet, we may destroy the power of that pledge – we may end the promise of that proclamation – if we surrender to pettiness. If we transform politics into a boxing match, where the loser lies blind and broken and the winner stands bloodied and battered, where defeat is devastating and victory feels awful, then we will drown in our own sea of red. Not the color of those states that one side claims for the president, or another condemns as the home of hatred and bigotry, but the stain of our own self-inflicted wounds; of more than a contest or a battle, but a war; a civil war that will mutate from a war of words into an outright war in the streets, cities and suburbs of a very disunited country. For, if half of America is racist, sexist and misogynistic, then the other half is either delusional or the mass result of an immaculate conception – people in, but not of, this world; a collective free of sin, and free – and eager – to condemn the imagined sins of 67 million voters. We cheapen our moral vocabulary by calling our opponents fascists. We commit a crime against history by labeling our critics Nazis. We embarrass ourselves – and we dishonor the memory of our forefathers – when we liken the president to Hitler. We will have other elections. We will have other leaders. We have a chance to restore respect and dignity – for the greatness of America, based on the goodness of Americans – starting now. Let us move forward together.

We are all Democrats, we are all Republicans. We are all Americans. And yet, we may destroy the power of that pledge – we may end the promise of that proclamation – if we surrender to pettiness. If we transform politics into a boxing match, where the loser lies blind and broken and the winner stands bloodied and battered, where defeat is devastating and victory feels awful, then we will drown in our own sea of red. Not the color of those states that one side claims for the president, or another condemns as the home of hatred and bigotry, but the stain of our own self-inflicted wounds; of more than a contest or a battle, but a war; a civil war that will mutate from a war of words into an outright war in the streets, cities and suburbs of a very disunited country. For, if half of America is racist, sexist and misogynistic, then the other half is either delusional or the mass result of an immaculate conception – people in, but not of, this world; a collective free of sin, and free – and eager – to condemn the imagined sins of 67 million voters. We cheapen our moral vocabulary by calling our opponents fascists. We commit a crime against history by labeling our critics Nazis. We embarrass ourselves – and we dishonor the memory of our forefathers – when we liken the president to Hitler. We will have other elections. We will have other leaders. We have a chance to restore respect and dignity – for the greatness of America, based on the goodness of Americans – starting now. Let us move forward together.


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  • lebon2girl profile image
    lebon2girl
    January 27, 2017 at 6:52 am 

    this is brilliant. thank you.

  • frau690 profile image
    frau690
    January 27, 2017 at 6:52 am 

    So true Ashley

  • caberga profile image
    caberga
    January 27, 2017 at 7:02 am 
  • merkmichelle profile image
    merkmichelle
    January 27, 2017 at 7:10 am 

    Did you really share the views of Trump?

  • jt_esq profile image
    jt_esq
    January 27, 2017 at 7:15 am 

    Nice hat bro

  • kellyface1 profile image
    kellyface1
    January 27, 2017 at 7:16 am 

    Floored. Powerful words

  • jillianbrodiediva profile image
    jillianbrodiediva
    January 27, 2017 at 7:31 am 

    We’re not all Americans @ashhamilton but good words. Sometimes I wonder how people protest against results were democratically decided

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