Words of hope

Several people I know have told me that they're thinking of leaving the country if Bush wins. Some are just joking, some not so much.

Traveling to Berlin changed my outlook on American politics. The people of Berlin saw the rise of a tyrant. They saw the demise of civil liberties. They saw their country perform acts of evil. They saw their city bombed to the ground.

The saw the rise of the Cold War, where we were a thin margin away from nuclear war. They became the focus point: their city divided, families split by a few miles and unable to see one another. Those in West Berlin lived for forty years surrounded by a hostile power.

And they stayed.

Though it took a long time, their hopes were realized. They persevered through the Nazis, the devastation of World War II, and the Wall, they survived, and now, they are thriving.

And here in America, we've had our horrors: the effective genocide of Native Americans, slavery, concentration camps for Japanese citizens during World War II, McCarthyism. This is not our darkest hour--and when that hour does come, we will need you.

"So let me ask you, as I close, to lift your eyes beyond the dangers of today, to the hopes of tomorrow" - John F. Kennedy, addressing the people of West Berlin, 1963


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