In an inaugural ceremony full of wonderful moments and historic firsts, this was among the best.
“We’ve seen a force that would shatter our nation rather than share it,
Would destroy our country if it meant delaying democracy.
And this effort very nearly succeeded.
But while democracy can be periodically delayed,
It can never be permanently defeated.
In this truth, in this faith we trust.
For while we have our eyes on the future,
History has its eyes on us.“
Yes, history has its eyes on us. But as Gorman ended her powerful call, it requires bravery for “our people diverse and beautiful” to “emerge battered and beautiful.”
“The new dawn blooms as we free it
for there is always light
if only we’re brave enough to see it,
if only we’re brave enough to be it.“
More to come…
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