This is not a day to celebrate. It is not like any other inauguration. Sure, I’ve been disappointed before, but never once before in my life have I had feared for the future of the American republic. Our democracy is at stake. Our liberties are at stake. This is not being over-dramatic and partisan. It is not sour grapes that Hilary lost. There are simply too many examples of reckless behavior, too many indicators of an individual whose personal business interests are clearly more important to him than the public good. He has threatened the civil rights and liberties of entire classes of people, he has such a thin skin that any public criticism results in a temper-tantrum on twitter. These are not jokes. And his behavior has given the signal to others that such behavior is acceptable. In the last two weeks alone, there have been bomb threats at more than 60 Jewish Community Centers across the country. There were hundreds of hate incidents reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center in the two weeks after the election. This is no joking matter.
I will not celebrate.
I will not normalize this troglodyte.
Know your rights. Carry a copy of the Constitution.
Resistance is not futile. It is democratic. I pray that the second paragraph of Jefferson’s Declaration do not come to bear. Eleven years later, the American democratic experiment evolved into a new constitution in which “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish domestic tranquility provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” That Constitution is worth fighting for.