Last night we redefined America. 

As the world watched in horror, today many of us faced the silent nightmare that we had long suspected was real. The tragic truth that many of our brothers and sisters voted in favor of fear, bigotry, isolation, racism, sexism and the greatest one of all hate. To think that we don't need each other or the rest of the world is a step towards human extinction. Thankfully our Founding Fathers built-in checks and balances to ensure that no one branch of government would become too powerful. We can all agree that when we face and pledge allegiance to our American flag we say: with liberty and justice for all.  

We will defend those checks and balances and make sure they prevail. In the tradition of many of our great leaders, healers, activist, educators and artists we will not go down without a fight. We have 4 challenging years ahead of us, but we must never give up hope. Mark my words, this will strengthen us. Tomorrow will be remembered as a dark day in history. What hurts one hurts us all.

We have made progress, but simply put, it is not not enough. We must first begin with respecting the daughters and mothers of this great nation. We cannot ignore words and pass them off like some sort of misunderstanding. We cannot turn a blind eye to our neighbors feeling fearful for their safety. Fearful for whom they love. But more importantly, we cannot give into the notion that something has been taken from us. 

Do not ignore or stand by in silence to any acts of hate or ignorance. Regardless of who is at the helm of this country, we are still active participants in our families and communities. We have a voice. I don't hate you, America. I simply believe you to be better than what we demonstrated last night. I won't give up on you. Not yesterday, not today, not ever.  

God bless America, land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her.
Through the night with the light from above. 

I am proud of you, California. You stood your ground and for that you will always have my heart and admiration. 

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