So today is the day.
I know, right now, a lot of you are scared. You see this as the end of your world, so what I’m going to say first is a little harsh: It’s not. This, in the grand scheme of things, is just a passing moment, a temporary rising of the tide. It’s scary, that’s for sure, and it might seem for a moment that the waves will capsize us, but our ship is stronger than that, our crew more experienced.
Already we’re seeing the strain of Donald Trump’s presidency, and he hasn’t even taken office yet. The people he’s counted on to support him are withdrawing already, and the people he’s putting into the cabinet aren’t exactly the best fit for the job. This is not a well oiled oppression machine that’s being put into place. This is a businessman who thinks he can put his friends on the board and still succeed.
The real government lies in the House and in the Senate, and a few recent missteps aside, they’ve proven to be mostly balanced, and usually able to listen to reason. Let them know what you want. Make them terrified of not being reelected.
Most of all, be visible. The bullies want us to vanish into the darkness, because it give them control. They want us divided, because it makes us weaker and lets them call us uncivilized. The time for warring with ourself is over, America. We are the United States, and that still means something. Choose cooperation over anger, choose compassion over hatred. Do not let fear win this day, do not let the foundations and principles that this country is built on fail.
A lot of you are young, I’m young. We didn’t experience the struggles that led to this moment, but they are etched in our history. America has a heritage, and it may not be completely clean, but there’s still much to be proud of, many ideals to carry.
This, too, will pass. The tides of history, of society, are turning against the bigots. 10 years ago, I could never have imagined I might actually be a woman, but now it seems like it will be accepted in my lifetime. 10 years ago, I never would have believed that I could watch new patterns woven into the fabric of our history, but it’s happening right in front of us.
The people you’re afraid of? They are afraid. They are losing control of their world, and that is always painful. They have sincerely held beliefs that are being shredded right before their eyes, and nothing is stronger or scarier than a human being fighting for what is most precious to them. There is going to be a war, though I pray it is not a war of weapons and armies. People will die, for there is no change enacted that is not written in the blood of those who have gone before.
I have faith in all of you. Faith you can look past prejudice, past fear and hatred. Proof that this sleeping giant will rise again to defend her people from threats both inside and out. We are America; we believe in freedom and justice above all else. Never forget that.