To the editor:
In the future, when your children or grandchildren study this period and ask who you voted for, what will you tell them? What will you say when they ask if you voted for the most brazenly corrupt president we have ever had? What will you say when they ask if you voted for the man who promoted unfounded conspiracies in an effort to preserve his grip on the seat of power? What will you say when they ask if you voted for the man who provoked a violent mob to march on the Capitol during a joint session of Congress, promised them that he would be with them, and then drove in the opposite direction in his bullet-proof limousine? What will you say when they ask if you voted for the man whose supporters flew a Confederate flag on the Capitol floor 156 years after the 13th Amendment was passed, and then addressed them by saying “I love you. You’re very special. I know how you feel.”
We can never underestimate America’s capacity to romanticize its own history, but some things are too ugly to ignore. When all the dust has settled, and the eyes of history have laid their judgment bare, will you feel proud of where you stood?
There is still hope, though. The encouraging news is that this chapter is not over.
Donald Trump’s days are numbered. His legacy is sealed, etched on the bruised steps of the Capitol. America, however, will persist, but it is hurting. Its wounds have never been healed. It has been battered, but its outcome is still yet to be decided. Will you be a part of its healing? There is still time for you to be the hero in future generations’ history books. The decision is yours.