“Let us then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.”
Today is Inauguration Day in the United States. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take an oath of office as our next President and Vice-President in Washington D.C.
This day will look historically different as there will be no crowds on the National Mall, and the Capitol and surrounding areas will be in control of the National Guard and Secret Service. A bit sad, but a necessity of the times with recent violence and the continuing pandemic.
As we go forward in this new era, my message is similar to President Jefferson’s, even though it is 219 years later. Let us, the citizens of this country, come together as one and close our division. Let us have peaceful, intelligent conversations about current issues without spiteful arguments. Let us find middle ground and common goals and prevent crisis instead of creating crisis. Let us not dwell on the past, but look ahead to the future. Let us form a nation of peace, innovation, respect, acceptance and unity.
Let us be the America that no one laughs at, no one condemns, no one wonders what the hell…
I am proud to be a citizen of this country, honored to have the ability to vote, humbled by what so many people and public servants have done to foment positive change. Change is what is needed here and now. It’s what helps a society to improve, create and keep moving in the direction of an unwavering democracy.
I have hope and faith that our new leadership will heed the words of Thomas Jefferson and work to unite and restore social harmony and affection in the U.S. Alongside, it is up to the people of this nation to embrace these ideals, encourage change and truly make America the great country it has always pledged to be.
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