Today there are tears in my eyes and a heaviness in my heart as we begin to grapple with the global & domestic ramifications of what has just been done. I’m disgusted because, beyond the competition and surface differences of party politics, I truly believed we would prove that we were better than fear-based narrow-mindedness.
I have no stomach for the trite platitudes and perfunctory calls for unity, but to my friends who are feeling the gravity of today as well – I’m with you. I’m committed to the intellectual, forward-thinking that drives us towards progress and not away. And I’m committed to fighting xenophobia, racism, and misogyny with everything I have as we navigate, tenuously forward.
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” – Sir Isaac Newton
I was reminded of that thought this morning as I cast my vote for the first female president of the United States; I stand on the shoulders of those giants who rallied and persevered from Seneca Falls in 1848 all the way to now so that tonight, with any luck, we watch the glass ceiling as it shatters.
“The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“When your kids and grandkids ask what you did in 2016, when everything was on the line, I want you to be able to say that you did vote, you voted for an inclusive, big-hearted, open-minded country, future, that will make sure that we all keep moving together because I do believe we are stronger together.” – Hillary Clinton