In Abraham Lincoln’s address to Congress in December 1862, he stated
We know how to save the Union. The world knows we do know how to save it. We, even we here, hold the power and bear the responsibility. In giving freedom to the slave we assure freedom to the free–honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save or meanly lose the last best hope of earth.
We are at this same point in our country’s life once again. We know how to save the union. The entire world knows what we need to do to save the union, and if we do not act to save this country, then we will lose the last best hope on Earth.
The Republican Party, with its embrace of Donald Trump, is no longer the party of Lincoln, and it has not been for a long time. Fascism, racism, nationalism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny have no place in modern American society.
Standing against hate, standing up on the right side of history for all people, is not hate. It is doing the right thing. We Democrats am driven by a love of country, and we love this country and its people too much to allow it to fall into a pit of hate that the president is spewing. We believe in the promise of America, a promise where everyone is treated equally.
We Democrats stand for everything Donald Trump and his party are against. We do it not from hate, but from patriotism along with a deep sense of what is right and what is wrong.
Martin Luther King Jr. once said:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others. In dangerous valleys and hazardous pathways, he will lift some bruised and beaten brother to a higher and more noble life.
We Democrats will not allow Trump and his vision of division and hate become the norm in this nation.
We Democrats know where we stand. Do you?