A Word on the Election
This is not a partisan message. It's simply an American one.
Today, America heads to the polls for the final time this election cycle. It's a beautiful and uniquely American experience, the long lines in school parking lots, the "I Voted" stickers, and that hardly contained smile (this time hidden behind a mask) you have when that sensation of patriotic pride hits your soul. It's a day of celebration for some, a day of solemnity for others; a day to remember those who made our freedoms possible, and a day to remind ourselves of our own obligations to this country and her people.
It is no secret that we live in the greatest and freest country in the world. The self-evident truths that "All men [and women] are created equal," that we all have God-given rights to "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness," guide us every day. And though we sometimes fail to live up to those expectations, we, the American people, will always stand on the side of truth, justice, and equality, the founding principles of this wonderful country of ours.
I do not like to get political with my clients. My opinions are my own, yours are the same. And though I am sure we have our disagreements, out common life as Americans compels us to treat each other with the same respect, dignity, and community that we would expect for ourselves.
Ronald Reagan once spoke of America as the "shining city upon a hill." Those words were borrowed from the Puritan preacher John Winthrop, a man who led a fleet of pilgrims to Massachusetts in 1630 due to religious persecution in England. They were taken from a sermon Winthrop gave to his followers as they sailed across the North Atlantic seas, a sermon entitled "A Model of Christian Charity."
The sermon, although it is of a religious nature, contains an important message for all Americans, regardless of religious affiliation. He intones upon his followers, and to us in the 21st Century:
Now the only way to avoid shipwreck, and to provide
for our prosperity.... [is to] entertain each other in
brotherly affection. We must be willing to abridge
ourselves of our superfluities, for the supply of other's
necessities. We must uphold a familiar commerce together
in all meekness, gentleness, patience, and liberality.
We must delight in each other; make other's conditions our
own; rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer
together, always having before our eyes our communion
and community in the work, as members of the same body....
For we must consider that we shall be a city upon a hill.
The eyes of all people are upon us.
This message rings true today. In a time of division, discord, dysfunction, and disunion, we must remember what makes us truly American: our love for one another, our common fight for a better future, our common hope for a stronger country, and our dream of a common prosperity.
No matter who you vote for, no matter how the election works out, we must remember that we can be and still are that "shining city upon a hill." The eyes of all people are indeed upon us today.