it’s been a great month for democracy. Not because Joe Biden won, although I am happy about that. It’s been a great month for democracy because the citizens of the United States of America proved yet again that we recognize, and cherish, this beautiful system of government we have built. We cherish the right of every American – every American – to participate in the process of choosing our leaders.
Sometimes its possible to wonder if our democracy has gotten old and tired, or we have gotten tired of doing the things we need to do to maintain it. To wonder if our institutions are failing us, or possibly that we have failed them, if we’ve become complacent about protecting our democracy against dictatorships that want to tear us down. Sometimes it’s possible to wonder if the modern world is just too overwhelming for something as civil as democracy to survive. Sometimes it’s just possible to wonder about the future of the United States, and this grand experiment we are part of.
But not this month. This is one of those months that reaffirms our faith in our Constitution, our system of laws. That reaffirms our faith in our democracy. 161 million Americans proved yet again just how much they value our rights. Their rights. Our institutions, for all of the questions and concerns, made those 161 million votes possible with a smooth, well-run election. This was one of our most secure elections ever. And for all of the anger, for all of the intensity, democracy worked yet again.
We should all feel a little better about our country. We should all feel a little better about our fellow citizens, even those on the other side, that kept our grand experiment going. God Bless America.