“[…] civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.” – John F. Kennedy
When President Kennedy spoke these words in his inaugural speech, he was pointing to America’s interactions with other powers in the international community. But they are no less true for the conversations among the many and varied communities that together weave the rich tapestry we call America.
I believe in the ability of the American people to solve, resolve, innovate, and design. For all these aspects of American ingenuity to flourish we need to come together to pool our collective insight and genius, and collaborate until the job is done. We did this when we created our new nation, and we have done this countless times since. Civility is not meek, but it is on point.On this glorious 4th of July, I celebrate our country’s independence by declaring my commitment to the civility that empowers our republic to face the unknown future with confidence, and to resist the vitriol that demeans me as a person and cripples us as a nation.