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An open letter to patriots to make America American again

An open letter to patriots to make America American again
An open letter to patriots to make America American again

I write this letter with three reservations – something I have used very rarely over the years.

But for America, this is a very different kind of moment. It brings with it a moment in which Americans are coming to terms with a whole new idea of ​​what it means to live in a climate that feels more like we are swaying in the wind than we do standing on a rock.

And yet, it is these moments that patriots cope with best.

Real patriots always know what they see. Then they decide what needs to be done to deal with it. They think carefully and consider how best to deal with the situation, not how best to get out of it. They face what they see and if the situation is serious, they face it wholeheartedly. No matter how great the danger.

Why take these risks? Because ignoring what needs to be done could endanger the very lives we love. And more than that, as part of the country we built and the people who built it with us, we promised each other years ago that together we would do whatever it took to keep America at its best now, at our best.

We called this promise the “National Anthem” and for years we raised our voices in national unity at every event we needed it most.

Well, this is one of those moments. This is apparently the moment where we need to remember what we are and what it takes to sustain that.

That is why I am writing to you all this time with my heart in my hands.

No, I’m not worried because we struggled in a debate. On that day, President Joe Biden was apparently just too exhausted after weeks of tension and travel at home and abroad to give his best in last week’s arm wrestling match with Donald Trump.

With elections looming this year, it is therefore not too serious to claim that we are currently at risk of losing our democracy in the face of a would-be dictator.

It is no small challenge.

But three reservations from our past ring in our ears over time and remind us again who we are this time.

Caveat number one: fatigue.

I am not surprised that Biden is showing signs of unusual stress after his constant travel for the people who are in trouble both in Ukraine and in Europe and here.

Considering the tensions in these two areas and our own political demands in the middle of an election year requires even more caution than usual.

No, I don’t find this kind of sacrifice unusual or unnecessary in many situations. Quite the opposite.

In fact, part of Biden’s strength lies in his continued concern for others and his devotion to duty.

That’s why I’ve also looked back at recent elections to see what kind of care other presidents needed when they found themselves in times when so much was all too often asked of them.

Biden has been confronted with the situation at home and abroad in recent months and was certainly not the first of our presidents to face a burden even before the debates – or even because of them.

Caveat two: danger.

President John F. Kennedy, a president too young to be surrounded by Russian missiles—or worse!—found himself in a dilemma that could have brought us the first nuclear war, but didn’t happen because he dared to negotiate where no one else thought he would or should. But he did!

Caveat three concerns age and endurance.

And of course President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who contracted polio at age 39 but led the country through World War II from a wheelchair and died at age 63 – not older than most, but younger than most – crippled, yet dedicated to his work for us.

And President Ronald Reagan was not concerned about immigrants from South America, but during his eight-year presidency (1981 to 1989) he stopped the rise of communist governments in Europe by pushing back anti-communist movements everywhere.

One thing is clear: we are now facing new times and new challenges.

Concerns now go beyond party politics and the power struggles in Congress. They are more about the flags being turned upside down to signal our polarization.

From my point of view, only one thing is really clear. It’s not about fatigue or danger or age and endurance. It’s about doing what each of us has to do to help each other and to benefit the whole country, the whole globe.

We need patriots to make America American again.

Patriots who don’t think, “America is a terrible place.”

Patriots who respect the Constitution, especially those who have sworn an oath to uphold it.

Patriots who want a democracy, not a kingdom.

Patriots who can sing the national anthem best and who continue to teach us to protect “the land of the free and the home of the brave” from those who seek to destroy it here and now.

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