In 1630, John Winthrop, sailing for the new world, called for this nation to be a "city upon a hill," remarking that "the eyes of all people are upon us.”
In Ronald Reagan's "mind, it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace.”
We are the oldest constitutional democracy on Earth - an irredeemable distinction, once lost. For once, among the exaggerated rhetoric of familiar election cycles, that distinction is actually at risk.
I believe in American exceptionalism. That belief requires, as a moral imperative, that I cast my vote for Hillary Clinton. American ideals were conceived almost exactly in opposition to the demagoguery Donald Trump is selling. A bully, he fetishizes oppression, illiberalism, and division, and as a result deserves only our fear and derision.
The world is watching.
08 Nov 2016