Our democracy is in grave danger. More from within than without. If the post-WWII rise of American fascism is not stopped; our very way of life may be unalterably changed for the worse.
Our Founders warned against this: “A party agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one party against another, ferments occasionally riot and insurrection.” President George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address.
In perilous times like these, I draw inspiration — as should every one of us descended from immigrants — from those who risked all in search of freedom, opportunity and democracy.
We must never forget that we are who we were.