I woke up this morning
With a released breath
I didn’t realize I had been holding…
Holding for four years.
Waking up every morning afraid of what the headlines would say
What tweet is out ???
What world leader is laughing at us?
The changing of the guard is underway.
As a Democrat…who read Reagan and his letters and his journals and the same with the Kennedy’s and studied the Clinton’s…
We need a new change.
A real change, another hand up for the People. And real opportunity for everyone.
I am so proud to be an American,
This moment speaks to all of us, every one of us. Democracy works. We do not want to change these foundations.
The disenfranchised and minorities have been watching our leadership,
Our children our daughters…
They have watched as some of us have made excuses and stood by our guy, as the ship sinks in the water.
If anything, we’ve learned the importance of representation…
We’ve seen the hate and the weaknesses
The dark underbelly represented
But it does not speak for all of us…
They say we accept the love we think we deserve… this moment …
Every little girl, every wife, every one of us …who is in a situation where we feel like we are not represented…
Can now look at the White House…and they can see representation…
That they deserve more
They can achieve more…
They can dream …
Every one of us…
I’ve always listened to stories
And I’ve always prayed
And my faith
My conscience, my patriotism, does not allow me to continue to be silent.
I know the importance of voices and representation.
I believe we all can dream. We all can reach for a better opportunity. I believe in dignity. In decency, in leadership.
I believe in a better tomorrow…
For every one.
Not equal outcomes but equal opportunity.
In the stories that make us
The history that shaped us.
We rise and we fall together.
I am always overwhelmed by elections
I’ve seen the flags
And I’ve heard the mental gymnastics
I’ve seen it
But what it speaks is the algorithm
The bubbles we are living in
We have to reach across that
We’ve lost touch with ourselves
And we have a president who stands for nothing but himself and is loyal to no one but demands loyalty…
He’s simply appealing because he appears flawed and human
And we see ourselves in him
Or we see a father
Or husband that we never really worked through…
One issue voting?
It’s not going away…
They won’t vote it out, not completely
It’s what keeps too many republicans republican…
I believe we have more in common than we have differences
Again, I’m proud
You should be proud
It’s ok to be happy
This is historical
This is a win for every one of us
Regardless of political persuasion
Our future is brighter
We are still a shining city on a hill
And yes, yes we can build a better tomorrow for all of us.
We all have a moral duty
A personal responsibility to our communities and our nation
To be an example to our children.
To give back.
The eyes of the world are upon us.
And while some of us have been duped
Or played so hard a mental gymnastic
That we cannot back pedal
Because what we are building
Is better for all of us
Our small towns
Our city halls
Our work places
This. This is the America I believe in.
It never went away
It was here
In all of us
It just took us a minute to catch up.